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Monday, October 12, 2020

Inside MLB’s plan to have fans in the stands starting with NLCS opener

For months, as it became clear that Globe Life would host neutral-site postseason games in this oddest of seasons, the Rangers had been planning for this moment, which will take place Monday at 8 p.m. ET, when the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series and as many as 11,500 fans patronize the stadium. The Rangers teamed with MLB on a protocol that would rely on three tenets: mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing. As a precaution against those who might be tempted to run afoul of an assigned-seat rule, Rangers employees folded up more than 30,000 seat bottoms and used 5-foot-long zip ties to adhere them to their seat backs.

Fans over the age of 2—except for those with a medical condition or disability that precludes their use—will be required to wear masks over their noses and mouths. Around 200 employees will roam the stadium to enforce compliance, said Rob Matwick, the Rangers’ executive vice president of ballpark operations. While fans can remove the masks to eat or drink, those seen not wearing them will be given two warnings before being ejected from the game if caught maskless a third time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2020 at 05:56 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 12, 2020 at 10:00 PM (#5982720)
Good to see Texas is welcoming back large gatherings of people just as another wave of COVID hospitalizations is starting in the state. On Oct 4, the state reported 3192 COVID hospitalizations statewide. Today it reports 3870, an increase of 21% in just 8 days. Having teams and production crews from across the country gathering in Arlington really ought to help kickstart things good. Nothing to see here. Please disperse.
   2. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: October 12, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5982723)
MLB has a long history of prioritizing short term over long term goals, but actually killing your fans in order to sell tickets is a new low, even for them.
   3. Rally Posted: October 13, 2020 at 08:16 AM (#5982752)
Didn’t watch last night, how many fans were there?
   4. John M. Perkins Posted: October 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM (#5982785)
10,700 reported.

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