ARLINGTON, Texas – The Globe Life Field was open for 100 percent of its capacity Monday night, but the crowd was far from a sale.
A cautious swarm of 12,911 fans filed into the ballpark for an exhibition game between the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers – the first of two matches at the stadium before the regular season began on Thursday.
The game marked the first time the ballpark – which opened last season – could be open to its capacity of 40,300 as the state lifted the coronavirus capacity restriction earlier this month. But in the first attempt, fans were in no hurry to pack the stand. The trip saw the Rangers lose 4–0.
Eager to see baseball again, 42-year-old Sarah Lambin drove about three hours from Georgetown, Texas, for the Monday night game with her two children – the first time she and her family had spent more than a year. Saw live baseball in time.
Lambin said he watched a dozen spring training games in Surprise, Erie. Before MLB last year, like all other sports leagues, shut down.
“It’s almost like a lullaby. We are ready for it, ”said Lambin, 17 rows behind the house plate.
While appearing in the exhibition game, Lambin said she could beat who would play the Rangers their home opener on April 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lambin said, “If it were to be filled, I don’t think I would have been so comfortable.” “we will leave.”
The 22, like Porter Burns, were less concerned with the size of the crowd.
“I have freedom in Texas,” Burns said. “Because I’m vaccinated, I’m not afraid at all.”
Even though there was no capacity restriction, Burns said he felt the Rangers still had too many rules, lamenting that they were not allowed to bring their bags to the ballpark.
Still, he said he appreciated a chance to see the ballpark before it was done by most fans.
“I want to see it without any people,” Burns said.
The Rangers played all 30 home games without fans last season, but Monday’s game marked the first time the Globe Life field was not open to spectators. Last summer, the park hosted High school graduate. In the fall, it opened to approximately 11,500 fans per game for the National League Championship Series and World Series. In December, it hosted the National Finals Rodeo and a holiday lights performance.
Texas has been fully open since March 10 Gov. Greg Abbott removes the state mask Mandate and announced that any business can open up to 100 percent.
“Make no mistake, Kovid-19 has not disappeared,” Abbott said in a statement earlier this month, saying Texas should continue to follow safe practices. “Everyone has a role in their own personal safety and the safety of others.”
Monday Night at the Globe Life Field held a number of precautions, such as they would be in other major league parks: masks were necessary for all fans, as long as they were not eating or drinking. Hand-sanitizing stations were available throughout the ballpark. The concessions were cashless, and stickers reading “Do your part stay 6 feet apart” were spread across the ballpark at the concession stand.
27-year-old Travis Scaranello, while watching the game from behind first base, said he gave other fans the confidence to take proper precautions.
“As long as people are wearing masks, I don’t think I’m going to get sick,” Scarangelo said, taking more than three hours from Austin to watch Monday night’s game.
Some parts of the park were easier to maintain a safe distance than others. Some sections were completely empty, while dozens of fans sat together in parts of the right field.
Brian Dunne, 28, said he felt the security protocol was a small price to pay for re-watching baseball in person.
“We had a year off,” Dunn said, before the epidemic that he would typically participate in 20 games per season. “I am very happy to be back.”
Except for the Rangers’ home opener, the MLB will not have teams Playing with the whole crowd To start the season. Yankee Will play before about 11,000 fans And Mets in front of about 8,400 – as long as fans submit evidence of a complete vaccination or a negative coronavirus test done at least 72 hours before the game.
On a night with temperatures in the 70s, the retractable roof at the Globe Life was open, blowing a southerly wind. Many experts have said Risk of contracting Kovid-19 More and more is indoors.
Still, some health officials are worried that protective measures may not be enough, with so many people gathering regularly.
Director of Health and Human Services for Dallas County, Drs. Philip Huang said that although case numbers and hospitalizations have declined in North Texas in recent weeks, it is not recommended to gather in large crowds.
Dr. “We think it is too early to have large gatherings, and the more of them, the more opportunity there is to spread,” Huang said. “It would still be too early to declare victory for sure.”