Cactus League fan attendance: A’s, Brewers to allow 20% capacity
Major League Baseball teams will assemble mid-February for spring training in Arizona as planned after its players union opted against considering a delay in the season.
Now it’s a matter of if and how fans can attend spring games.
Though Cactus League leaders representing all the locales of Arizona’s spring stadiums wrote a letter asking MLB to consider pausing in order to keep fans safe, it appears most jurisdictions will move forward by allowing fans to attend games with restrictions.
Below is the latest news about how which cities and which teams will invite fans to attend Cactus League games.
The A’s announced Feb. 12 that the team received approval from Major League Baseball and Maricopa County to welcome a limited number of fans to Hohokam Stadium in Mesa.
The team will be allowing up to 2,000 fans per game, which amounts to 20% of the stadium’s capacity of 10,000.
Tickets will be sold in physically-distanced pods of two or four contiguous seats only in order to follow social distancing guidelines set by the CDC and local health officials.
Only mobile tickets will be accepted, all of which will be delivered through the MLB Ballpark app.
Tickets will go on sale online on Thursday at 11 a.m. Arizona time.
The team will also be providing complimentary tickets to vaccinated health care workers in the Phoenix area.
The Brewers announced Feb. 12 that a limited capacity of 2,300 fans will be allowed to attend games at American Family Fields of Phoenix.
The ballpark can house about 10,000 spectators when sold out, so that will leave roughly 23% of seats available to fans.
Tickets will be sold in pods of two to four seats, including the lawn, and go on sale on Thursday at 9 a.m. Arizona time.
All fans ages two and older must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth at all times except for when actively eating or drinking in their designated pods.
Any fans feeling ill, have had close contact with someone that is currently COVID-19 positive or are awaiting test results will not be permitted to enter the stadium.
Additionally, no bags will be allowed in the ballpark other than medical bags, manufactured diaper bags and purses not exceeding 5-by-9 inches.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-933-7890.
Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox
The Dodgers and White Sox announced Feb. 12, that fans will be welcomed to spring training games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale with a limit of 18% capacity — about 2,400 seats.
Tickets, which go on sale Feb. 20, will be sold in “pods,” including lawn pods which will be six feet apart.
Guests can expect the following health and safety guidelines:
— Social distancing
— Masks will be required unless fans are eating or drinking (neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves are not allowed)
— Cashless and contactless concessions and retail
— Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the ballpark
— Practice fields will be closed to fans
— No bags will be permitted except for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags for infants and young children
More information can be found online at the stadium’s website.
Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies
Salt River Fields, the spring training home of the D-backs and Rockies, announced that tickets for both teams’ spring training games will go on sale Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.
Tickets will be sold in 2, 4 and 6 groups or “pods” to help maximize social distancing between guests. However, the stadium has not announced how many tickets will be sold per game.
Seats within six feet of the warning track and 12 feet from the dugouts will not be for sale. Additionally, players won’t be signing autographs.
According to the stadium’s website, all guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear masks at all times, except when they are eating or drinking in their seats.
Salt River Fields says no cash will be accepted anywhere in the facility and bags of any size are prohibited inside the stadium, unless for medical or childcare purposes. Guests should bring only what can fit in their pockets.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels have yet to release any fan policy for their spring games, but the city of Tempe announced Friday, Feb. 5, that it would allow Tempe Diablo Stadium to open for fans at 25% capacity.
That would allow 1,800-2,000 people to attend.
Los Angeles opens its spring home schedule on Feb. 28 against the Chicago White Sox.
Tempe officials said the city would require the following health and safety practices to take place in the stadium:
— Face coverings are required at all times inside the stadium, except while eating or taking a drink
— Lawn seats will be marked off in “pods” to allow for physical distancing
— Stadium seating will be appropriately spaced between groups
— Restrooms and other common areas will be cleaned more frequently
— Strict food and cleaning vendor policies
— A no-bag policy to allow for a quicker, no-touch experience during check-in
— Stadium staff will be on-hand to ensure protocols are being followed
The city said tickets would go on sale “in the coming days.” Updates will appears on the Los Angeles Angels ticket page.