MLB to Allow Some Fans at World Series
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball has not allowed fans in the stands during the shortened 2020 regular season. Instead, cardboard cut-out figures of people were placed in the seats around home plate.
But MLB said Wednesday that a limited number of fans can attend the World Series as well as the National League Championship Series at Globe Field in Arlington, Texas, according to a statement posted to Twitter.
The stadium, home to the Texas Rangers, can seat around 40,000 people. For the World Series and NLCS games, 10,500 fans can take seats, and 950 fans will be in suites. These games are being played in one place to reduce travel by teams.
Safety measures will be in place. Tickets will be sold in groups of four adjacent seats, known as "pods," with pods separated by at least 6 feet. Fans must wear masks unless they’re eating or drinking. Fans can’t get closer than 20 feet to the players. Hand sanitizer will be abundant.
The NLCS runs Oct. 12-18, if it goes to seven games. The World Series starts Oct. 20. Tickets go on sale Oct. 6.
Globe Field has a retractable roof, and the Associated Press reported that the Rangers are urging the roof be kept open during games except when the weather is bad.
Like other pro sports leagues, baseball has struggled to operate during the pandemic. The season started late, and COVID-19 outbreaks on teams forced the cancellation of several regular games.
CBS reported that, as of September 25, 57 players and 33 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus this season.