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Diamondbacks, Rockies postpone scheduled spring training ticket sale

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Well, this is a curious development.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in February 2020
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies share a spring training venue, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The park is located on tribal land and run by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The teams had scheduled a sale for spring training game tickets that was supposed to happen this morning, Saturday, February 6.

Nope:

“Further review regarding Spring Training details.”. That’s pretty generic and doesn’t tell us anything, really, about why this has happened, or when ticket sales might begin.

The postponement is also noted in this article from Arizona Sports. The article also has some information about another Cactus League team:

15 MLB Cactus League team flags are flown inside of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals spring training facility, Surprise Stadium on April 07, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball teams will assemble mid-February for spring training in Arizona as planned after its players union opted against considering a delay in the season.

Now it’s a matter of if and how fans can attend spring games.

Though Cactus League leaders representing all the locales of Arizona’s spring stadiums wrote a letter asking MLB to consider pausing in order to keep fans safe, it appears most jurisdictions will move forward by allowing fans to attend games with restrictions.

The Los Angeles Angels have yet to release any fan policy for their spring games, but the city of Tempe announced Friday, Feb. 5, that it would allow Tempe Diablo Stadium to open for fans at 25% capacity.

That would allow 1,800-2,000 people to attend.

The article says tickets will go on sale “in the coming days” and goes on to describe the health and safety protocols that will be in force at Tempe Diablo Stadium:

— Face coverings are required at all times inside the stadium, except while eating or taking a drink

— Lawn seats will be marked off in “pods” to allow for physical distancing

— Stadium seating will be appropriately spaced between groups

— Restrooms and other common areas will be cleaned more frequently

— Strict food and cleaning vendor policies

— A no-bag policy to allow for a quicker, no-touch experience during check-in

— Stadium staff will be on-hand to ensure protocols are being followed

It’s a reasonable assumption that similar policies will be in effect at other spring parks. The Cubs have yet to announce any number of fans who will be allowed in Sloan Park or any date for ticket sales.

As always, we await developments.