MLB bringing back fans

Mike Neville Sports Editor

There will be a sense of normalcy for baseball fans after all as Major League Baseball announced that stadiums will be hosting fans this season.

As spring training is currently underway, Cactus League teams in Arizona and Grapefruit League teams like the Red Sox and Yankees across Florida have slowly started to bring fans back.

Fans have not been able to grace the bleachers of their home team since the 2019 season before COVID-19 came to fruition. The 2020 season saw only cardboard cutouts in the bleachers and fans were only able to attend playoff games.

The number of fans allowed into games this season is few and far between, with the Red Sox allowing 30 percent capacity and the Detroit Tigers only allowing three percent of fans to games.

Although this doesn’t seem like a lot at all right now, it is a step in the right direction for the usual 50,000 plus fans that pile into a Major League Stadium.

The prices to begin the season for Yankees and Red Sox games are through the roof. Outfield bleacher seats which usually go for just $30 are expected to be over $100.

Bringing fans back even with a small capacity crowd is a step in the right direction for baseball and sports alike.

Baseball stadiums like Coors Field, one of the biggest stadiums in the MLB, can easily spread out fans, making it safer to social distance for games.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who play at Tropicana Field, will host 7,000 fans a game, which they should be used to since they were barely able to bring that number in during the pre-COVID-19 era.

The only two teams that will not allow fans to begin the season are the 2019 World Series Champions the Washington Nationals and the team North of the Boarder, the Toronto Blue Jays, who will have their home games in Florida.

This is huge for not only baseball fans but sports fans alike as it shows that the world finally may have a grip on COVID-19.

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