We are just over two weeks from the start of Spring Training games. MLB released a revised schedule for Spring Training yesterday, with will delay the home opener slightly to March 2nd. However, the Brewers also made an important announcement along with that. The team will be opening the ballpark to fan attendance for the first time in nearly a year.
In his article, Adam McCalvy has information on all of the restrictions and details that will be present. Here is a summary:
- Tickets go on Sale Thursday, February 18. They can be bought via Brewers.com, telephone, or at the box office, but only digital tickets will be used.
- Attendance for each game is capped at 2,300 fans (about 25% of capacity).
- Seats of 2-4 pods will be used to distance fans from one another. Tickets will also have to be bought for these pods.
- Masks will be required when not eating or drinking. (Fans 2 years old and under do not have to wear masks.)
- Bags will be restricted (only medical bags, diaper bags, and small purses).
- Games in the first half of Spring Training (March 2-13) may be shortened to five or seven innings. In the second half (March 14-28), they can be seven or nine innings.
While all these restrictions may make it more cumbersome to get to a game, it’s a big first step towards getting fans back into the seats for Brewers games. Any fans is a massive upgrade over empty stands last season, and it’s a sign we are getting closer to a return to “normal”.
As for fans at American Family Field, that’s still undecided for the time being. It will be dependent on the current status of the pandemic, as well as local regulations, once Opening Day gets closer. The countdown to Opening Day is at 47 days, set for April 1 against the Twins.