After a season played in empty stadiums, Major League Baseball is officially letting fans back into the ballpark for the NLCS and World Series in Arlington, Texas next month.
On Wednesday, MLB announced that 11,500 tickets — 10,550 fans spread throughout the ballpark and 950 in suites — will be sold for the two series scheduled to be held at Globe Life Field, the Rangers’ new ballpark outside of Dallas. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no fans were allowed to attend games during the regular season and both the Wild-Card and Division rounds are being played in empty ballparks. The ALCS, which is scheduled to be played at Dodger Stadium, will be played without fans in attendance.
The NLCS will begin Oct. 12 and the World Series is scheduled to start Oct. 20. The league said it will implement a series of health and safety protocols for fans, including:
* 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 will go on sale Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. CT on MLB.com. The Rangers opened their new ballpark this summer after spending 26 years next door at what was most recently called Globe Life Park in Arlington.
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