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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that outdoor sports venues can host at 20 percent capacity beginning on April 1. That means when the Mets host their home opener on April 8 against the Miami Marlins, fans will finally be able to witness live baseball in Flushing for the first time in over a year.
“We’re really excited about the season ahead and welcoming the best fans in baseball back – safely – to Citi Field,” Mets owner, chairman and CEO Steve Cohen said. “We thank Governor Cuomo and the state’s Department of Health for their efforts in this significant step in New York’s recovery from COVID and look forward to continuing to work with them as capacity restrictions and testing requirements hopefully ease in the months ahead – to allow as many fans as possible to have a safe and great time with us.”
Citi Field can hold 8,384 fans based off its 41,922 max capacity. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or immunization is required for all attendees, and that requirement will be re-evaluated by the state in mid-May.
All the same goes for Yankee fans, too. Their Opening Day matinee against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. will be allowed to have 10,850 based off its 54,251 max capacity.
The Mets added that as a result of capacity limitation and/or cancelled games resulting from the pandemic, some ticket purchases may be impacted. Mets fans can learn more about that here.