The Atlanta Braves announced on Wednesday that they would allow 100 percent capacity congestion starting on May 7.. Their home stadium, Trist Park, in suburban Atlanta, has a listed capacity of 41,084.
Atlanta will become the second team in Major League Baseball to allow a full-capacity crowd in its season amid the Corona virus epidemic. The rangers Opened his stadium in Arlington, Texas at full capacity for his home opener on April 5 – a decision Called “A mistake” and “not responsible” earlier this month. all in, Filled over 38,000 fans The 40,300-seater stadium that day.
In Atlanta, the team started the season crowd with a capacity of 33 percent and increased it to 50 percent for his death at the end of April. Now, they are doubling.
“We have had great success in safely welcoming our fans to Trist Park,” said Derek Schiller, the team’s president and chief executive officer. Statement issued by a team. “Our outdoor environment, the demand from our season ticket holders and fans to see us personally play the safety measures that are in place, makes us feel that now is the perfect time to return to full capacity at Truest Park.”
The team will continue to require that fans wear masks at the stadium when they are not actively drinking or eating alcohol – however, earlier this month, That requirement was rarely enforced. The team also said that vaccination and temperature screening would not be required.
For fans who are uncomfortable going to a full capacity stadium, the team said it would offer credits that could be used for future regular-season games. But there was a caveat: The team said those credits “would have to be redeemed before 3 October 2021.”
Team officials Originally stated The full-capacity crowd is expected to welcome by June, a month before they are set to host the 2021 All-Star Game. But since then, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred moved that game to Denver in response to the new Election law in georgia Democrats and civil rights groups said that inequality, especially among people of color, would be suppressed. The Braves fiercely opposed the rehabilitation of the game and deferred to Manfred’s decision.
although The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidance Wearing masks for those who were fully vaccinated this week, it insisted that masks were still required in crowded outdoor venues such as the stadium.
New virus cases are much less In the United States, including Georgia, but the state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
last month, The Lancet presented new research, A scientific journal, suggested that there was a link between the NFL game, which had a large number of fans in the stands, and an increase in the number of infections in places near stadiums. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that the league hopes to open all of its stadiums to full capacity when the 2021 season begins in September.
Elsewhere in the South on Wednesday, Louisiana State University said it would allow a capacity crowd at outdoor sports events starting with a baseball game on Friday against the University of Arkansas. LSU also stated that spectators would no longer be required to wear masks at outdoor events, and crucially with the state’s nurtured sports day culture that it would allow people to perform “normal sewing activities” with no epidemiological restrictions. Will allow a resume.
“This is another positive step for us as a campus and community,” LSU’s athletic director Scott Woodward said.
Alan blinder Contributed to reporting.