According to talks between the St. Louis Cardinals, the mayor’s office, and local health officials, the club will have a 32% capacity at Busch Stadium, or 14,000 fans, this year. Cardinals season ticket holders have priority over the first two homestands. The remaining cards will be sold to the general public at a later date.
The Royals open the season with a capacity of about 30 percent, or about 10,000 fans per game. The original plan has pod-style seating to add capacity monthly as it is safe to do so. The royals have worked with Kansas City health officials and the Jackson County Sports Authority. Reduced contact, improved cleaning and mask requirements for all staff are part of the new protocols and guidelines to welcome fans back to the stadium.
In addition to wearing the mask, the following protocols apply.
• Socially distant seating: guests sit in pods of a maximum of four people with a minimum distance of 6 feet between the seat capsules in all directions.
• Required Masks: Masks are required at all times in all areas of the stadium, including the seat pan, unless guests are actively eating and drinking.
• Cashless Transactions: Concession booths, kiosks and other retail outlets located in the stadium are cashless and only offer credit and debit payment options. Debit cards can be purchased in cash at a limited number of locations in the stadium with no service charge.
• Bags not allowed: In order to reduce contamination and to ensure contact-free access, bags are not allowed to be brought into the Busch Stadium, except for medical bags or diaper bags.
• Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer dispensers are widely used throughout the stadium.
• Staff health checks: All full-time employees and event staff will have a health and temperature check before entering the stadium.