MLB To Welcome Fans At NLCS, World Series Games
After securing approval from local and state authorities, the MLB announced that it will allow fan attendance at the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and World Series. This news followed when the league planned a bubble format for theWorld Series.
The league said earlier that fan attendance won’t be allowed throughout the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some teams allowed family members to watch their games in the stands during the Wild Card Series, the majority of MLB live games used artificial crowd noise and virtual audiences throughout the regular season and playoffs to fill the silence left by empty stadiums. The virtual setup didn’t deliver the same atmosphere players feel during live games, but it was better than the completely empty stadiums of other sports leagues.
In hopes to bring back the league’s glory days, MLB will ease its health and safety protocols when the NLCS starts on October 12 and the World Series takes place on October 20. This is the first time fans will attend live games since March.
Approximately 11,500 tickets will be made available for each live game. 10,550 fans with tickets will be spread throughout the ballpark, while 950 will be in suites at the Globe Life Field arena in Arlington, Texas to honor social distancing measures. Tickets will go on sale on October 6 at 10:00 a.m. CT.
For attending fans, here are the restrictions:
- Tickets in the seating bowl will be sold in groups of four contiguous seats, called pods. Individuals may purchase a limit of one pod per NLCS and World Series game.
- Seats within each pod cannot be broken apart for sale.
- Each pod will be a minimum of six feet from each other.
- No seats will be sold within 20 feet of where a player can be located on the field, in the dugouts or in the bullpen.
- Masks will be mandatory for all fans except when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the ballpark.
- No bags will be permitted except for those that are carried for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children.