Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that a limited number of fans will be allowed into the National League Championship Series and World Series. Roughly 11,500 tickets will be made available for each game with 10,550 fans spread throughout the ballpark and 950 in suites.
The league has not allowed fans throughout the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. That will change, under several parameters, when the NLCS starts in Arlington on Oct. 12 and the World Series takes place in the same venue starting Oct. 20. Here are the restrictions:
-- Tickets in the seating bowl will be sold in groups of four contiguous seats, called pods. Individuals may purchase a limit of one pod per NLCS and World Series game.
-- Seats within each pod cannot be broken apart for sale.
-- Each pod will be a minimum of six feet from each other.
-- No seats will be sold within 20 feet of where a player can be located on the field, in the dugouts or in the bullpen.
-- Masks will be mandatory for all fans except when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats.
-- Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the ballpark.
-- No bags will be permitted except for those that are carried for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 6.
The league has used artificial crowd noise throughout the season to fill the void left by fan-less stadiums. It did not come close to delivering the same vibe as a full stadium, though it was better than no noise. This is the next step, as well as a partial test of what the start of next season could look like.