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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

MLB allowing limited number of fans for NLCS, World Series in Arlington, Texas

Fans can take themselves out to the ballgame for the first time this season during the National League Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game. That is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers, which opened this year adjacent to old Globe Life Park, the team’s open-air home from 1994 through 2019.

The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be played at one stadium for the first time since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in 1944.

Some of the seats will be included in presales for Rangers season-ticket holders on Friday and subscribers on Monday, and others are set aside for MLB and players.
Tickets are priced at $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series, and 10,550 seats in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 10:28 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 30, 2020 at 11:47 PM (#5980101)
Some of the seats will be included in presales for Rangers season-ticket holders on Friday and subscribers on Monday, and others are set aside for MLB and players.
So, we should look for BDC going full Marlins Man behind home plate?
   2. BDC Posted: October 01, 2020 at 10:11 AM (#5980162)
I thought about it … seems ultimately (a) irresponsible and (b) a pain in the face. I am far from anti-mask – I've been teaching in a mask for the last 5-6 weeks – but I think wearing one for 5-6 hours in a row might give me a panic attack. But more importantly, since I am teaching F2F, in very distanced and well-masked classrooms, why introduce my students to my risk from spending a whole evening in a crowd of 11,000 people?

So I will watch on TV, to the disappointment of Primates everywhere :)
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: October 01, 2020 at 10:23 AM (#5980164)
So BDC, how many folks in the Metroplex will be interested in seeing a couple of National League teams?

   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 01, 2020 at 10:29 AM (#5980168)
It's Cowboys Season now. I don't know that a Game 7 Dodgers/Cubs or Dodgers/Cardinals or Cubs/Braves NLCS in the best of times would draw more than social distancing protocols are allowing for.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: October 01, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5980179)
It's Cowboys Season now. I don't know that a Game 7 Dodgers/Cubs or Dodgers/Cardinals or Cubs/Braves NLCS in the best of times would draw more than social distancing protocols are allowing for.



That's kind of my thought. I just can't see fans in Texas going out in any significant numbers to watch a game between two teams from the other league, particularly during football season.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5980182)
My guess is they cancel this due to "an abundance of caution" that is actually code for "we couldn't sell many tickets and don't want the embarrassment of revealing that."
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: October 01, 2020 at 11:10 AM (#5980187)
I assume they are counting on fans of the teams involved coming in to watch the games. It is dirt cheap to fly to Dallas from major cities right now.
   8. BDC Posted: October 01, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5980197)
how many folks in the Metroplex will be interested in seeing a couple of National League teams?

I guess it would track national interest: if it's Cubs-Dodgers or Cubs-Cardinals, quite a bit, and if it's Marlins-Padres, nobody. Like anywhere in the Sun Belt, half the people here are from somewhere else, and that means a fair number of Cubs or Braves fans and even contingents of Brewers or Reds fans. But as people have been saying, I think a lot of the tickets sold will then go on the secondary market to fans of the teams involved.

One feature implicit in TFA is that (I think) they could have sold 20,000 seats per game if they'd committed to having the roof open. But there is at least some chance of rain, and neither the sponsors nor the league want any chance of a rainout. So they will have the roof open if weather permits but they cannot rely or plan on weather permitting.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 01, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5980201)
they will have the roof open if weather permits

If I were an Arlington taxpayer, I'd be livid. If the city's going to spend a billion+ dollars to put a roof (or a BBQ grill cover as the case may be) on a ballpark, they damn well better use it.
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: October 01, 2020 at 12:46 PM (#5980211)
I was disappointed that Marlins man didn't have a cardboard cut out of himself behind home plate for every game that every team played. He was doing it in person anyways, why not do it with cardboard?

As for selling tickets to playoff games: I like going to baseball games, but not enough to die for it.
   11. Astroenteritis Posted: October 01, 2020 at 01:18 PM (#5980224)
If the Braves and Cubs meet in Houston, you could definitely sell some tickets as those teams have some fans in the area, and the alternative pro option is watching the Texans.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2020 at 01:31 PM (#5980231)
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 01, 2020 at 01:47 PM (#5980239)
. . . how many folks in the Metroplex will be interested in seeing a couple of National League teams?
When are they going to get another chance to see playoff baseball?
   14. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: October 01, 2020 at 02:30 PM (#5980253)
When are they going to get another chance to see playoff baseball?


Flag on the play! Unsportsmanlike conduct! Half the distance to the goal, first and ten.
   15. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 01, 2020 at 07:09 PM (#5980357)
how many folks in the Metroplex will be interested in seeing a couple of National League teams?

When are they going to get another chance to see playoff baseball?


That's gonna leave a mark!
   16. bunyon Posted: October 02, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5980502)
I mean. When will they get a chance to see playoff sports?
   17. bunyon Posted: October 02, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5980503)
And, BDC, glad you feel safe in class. I do too.
   18. . Posted: October 02, 2020 at 09:18 AM (#5980506)
This is all a test run for holding the World Series in a neutral site permanently.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: October 02, 2020 at 09:29 AM (#5980509)
I mean. When will they get a chance to see playoff sports?

well, it has been four days since the Dallas Stars played in the Stanley Cup Finals....

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