Fans will be required to wear masks and follow other protocols that remain in place, such as maintaining social distancing while entering and exiting the ballpark and while in line at concession stands.
After Opening Day, the Rangers are going to sell tickets in “pods” similar to what’s going to be done at Wrigley Field:
Following the home opener, the Rangers will offer socially distanced seating in some sections of the ballpark with seats available in pods of two or four. The Rangers will accommodate season-ticket holders who aren’t comfortable coming to games by loosening their standard exchange policy.
The Rangers say they’re “confident” that they won’t be a “super-spreader event,” per the linked article above. While it is true that vaccination rates are increasing and caseloads of COVID-19 are dropping, we are not out of the woods yet. I hope the Rangers are right.
That’s why this note relating to the Cubs and Wrigley Field is important:
I was told yesterday that if public health officials traced a case of COVID-19 back to Wrigley Field, #Cubs capacity would go from 20% back to zero immediately.— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) March 10, 2021
So the fact that a team would have 100% capacity in a state that just lifted their state mask mandate is pretty wild. https://t.co/cEqMKF5W54
We don’t know if contact tracing like that can be done for Wrigley Field’s 20 percent capacity, much less a full house at Globe Life Field in Texas. But to me, it seems as if not allowing a full house in Texas would be a better idea than 100 percent capacity, even if they’re doing that for only three games.
I have reached out to the Cubs for comment on this and will update this article with any response.