CLEVELAND, Ohio – Starting April 5, when the Indians are due to open their home season against Kansas City, fans can fill Progressive Field up to 30%. That’s an estimated amount of 10,500.
The Indians announced the plan on Thursday. Health and safety protocols developed in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, MLB, and state and local health authorities must be followed to make it happen. Last year MLB played a 60-game season with no fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Going from zero (attendance) to anything is going to be really fun, especially for the players,” said manager Terry Francona of Zoom Call from spring practice in Goodyear, Arizona. “Thirty percent, I think that’s pretty great. I hope they make it safely and people warm to the idea. I know we will be really excited when that is the case. “
The availability of the tickets is determined monthly until Progressive Field is fully occupied. Season ticket holders have priority access to available tickets and seats. Fans who have tickets for April games will be contacted by the team via email with ticket options within the next two weeks.
Fans attending games must wear face masks recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the stadium at all times unless they are eating or drinking in their seats. Neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves are not allowed. Fans arriving at the stadium without an approved face covering will be given a disposable face mask for the game.
Here are the other health and safety protocols enforced at Progressive Field:
- All gates open one hour before the first pitch.
- Social distancing is required at all queues.
- Bags are not allowed, so access to the ballpark will be made as soon as possible – exceptions for medical bags, diaper bags and purses;
- Mobile entry – ticket-free entry via the Ballpark app, My Indians tickets and the StubHub app;
- The consumption of food and drinks is limited to seats with a ticket or designated standing room.
- Encouraged cashless transactions in all grocery and retail locations;
- Elevated hand sanitizer stations around the stadium;
- Frequent cleaning of touch-sensitive surfaces;
- Outside air circulation pumped to all indoor areas; and
- The Cleveland Clinic SAFE branding and signage throughout the stadium remind fans of the ballpark’s health guidelines.
“If the lower bowl is overfilled, it sounds good regardless of the advertised amount,” said Francona. “I mean it feels good.”
New Indian face masks for sale: Here, you can purchase Cleveland Indian-themed face covers for coronavirus protection, including a single mask ($ 14.99) and a 3-pack ($ 24.99). All MLB proceeds are donated to charity.
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