MLB Eyes Texas Globe Life Field Baseball Park As Venue
As the MLB is one of the leagues heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization is now working tirelessly to prepare for the possible return of its 2020 season. Searching for ways to start a new season as per usual, the MLB is considering Globe Life Field in addition to the Arizona Plan and other stadiums in Texas as venues.
The majority of COVID-19-affected countries today remain on nationwide lockdown, particularly in the United States—the country with the highest number of deaths and cases. However, as the situation progresses, many US states now plan to slowly get back on track. One of them is Texas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced last week that the state government plans to slowly re-open the Texas economy. With this statement, many professional sports leagues are now considering what Texas has to offer in terms of venues and facilities. Texas can offer two baseball stadiums to the MLB in case they plan to return early: Globe Life Field in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The MLB is particularly considering Global Life Field, a newly-reopened baseball park that can house over 40,000 attendees. The park is still under construction, and its supposed launch on March 23, 2020, was moved to May due to the pandemic. Texas can finish the construction by the time MLB returns and potentially welcome the season and the Bitcoin MLB odds that come with it.
Even with a working venue, the MLB waits for the go-signal of health experts led by Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The current advice of Dr. Fauci is to practice social distancing if sports leagues want to continue their 2020 season from May onwards.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told FOX Business that they have plans for the return of the season but what really matters is the decision of the state and the advice of health professionals leading the COVID-19 battle:
“Right now, it’s largely a waiting game. During that period, as you might expect any business would, we have engaged in contingency planning. We thought about how we might be able to return in various scenarios but again the key is the improvement in the public health situation.”