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Report: Reds’ plan to bring fans back approved by city, county

The Cincinnati Reds want fans to come back to Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati submitted an official plan for the return of Reds fans this season to Major League Baseball, the state of Ohio, the city of Cincinnati, and Hamilton County, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Both the city and county have approved the plan, albeit “with lots of conditions,” a source told Rosecrans. MLB and Ohio have yet to respond.

The plan, if implemented, allows a portion of fans to return in either September or for the playoffs, the source told Rosecrans. Details of the plan, such as to how many fans are allowed into the stadium, are unknown. Great American Ball Park’s capacity is 42,319.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2020 at 01:42 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2020 at 02:23 PM (#5968842)
The article is completely lacking in details, so who knows what is being contemplated. You could easily scatter a few fans at the ballpark without running any more risk than a trip to the grocery store, but is it really worth the logistical complications needed to admit a couple thousand fans? At what point does it make sense - 10% of capacity? 20%? 25%? More?
   2. Zonk paid more than $750 in taxes last paycheck Posted: August 10, 2020 at 02:44 PM (#5968854)
My wedding plans to Scarlett Johanasson have also been approved.

Now, I just need to secure her OK, that of her fiance, and I'm all set!
   3. Itchy Row Posted: August 10, 2020 at 02:56 PM (#5968859)
Colin Jost seems agreeable or at least easily-bullied. That just leaves one more approval.
   4. JRVJ Posted: August 10, 2020 at 06:02 PM (#5968899)
1 is right on the money.

Without more details, this is a Meh story.
   5. puck Posted: August 11, 2020 at 10:32 AM (#5969017)
I wonder how they would do the seating.

Has anyone been to outdoor concerts? (In covid19 world, not the before times.) I went to one small one at a dinner theater. The theater marked off 10'x10' squares in the parking lot. I think the squares then had 6' between them. They would sell up to 4 tickets for a square...naturally a bunch of them only had two people in them.

Very socially distant, but as you'd imagine they could not sell many tickets. And with the audience being spread out, plus being outside, it was very low energy.

The CO Symphony has been doing something similar at Red Rocks. Audience limit is 175, I am not sure how they are managing the distancing though. But I have the same curiosity for how the ticketing website would handle a sports team. You'd want to allow up to X people to buy into a "pod" (where x = a lowish number), but then have space between the pods.

It would be a harder to limit bunching up at entrances though. The dinner theater was small enough that they had you go to a walkway that had increments marked off, like Disneyworld. I guess a baseball stadium could try that, people bunch up at the entrance to Disneyworld, too.
   6. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: August 11, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5969063)
What the Reds cannot talk about openly but is absolutely understood by their management is that they have two sets of fans.

There are the wealthy Reds fans who live in nearby suburbs who pour a shitton of cash into the Reds in a lot of different ways. Their companies buy ads. They sponsor events/days. Boxed obviously and the best box seats. This is not a big number but hugely influential.

And they believe in masks, social distancing, etc which is why downtown Cincinnati I am told is a ghost town. P&G, US Bank, Great American, you name it. All workers working remote.

Then you have the fans who are not wealthy. Much bigger number but really not the same dollar impact. And to generalize their views on how to manage in the pandemic are different from the other Reds group of fans. Folks know all the stuff out there so not going to belabor that stuff

Reds are super sensitive on how to get engaged with both sets without having some kind of situation develop.

In any other scenario having two distinct fan bases could be managed separately and no issues. But not now.
   7. Greg Pope Posted: August 11, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5969067)
It would be a harder to limit bunching up at entrances though.

And restrooms. Unlike a restaurant, there are natural restroom breaks built into a baseball game.
   8. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: August 11, 2020 at 02:32 PM (#5969072)
7 makes a really good point. I could swear I read that football teams are discussing bathroom entry monitors for games.

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