NEW YORK (UKTN) – Baseball is back in New York! It’s opening day at Yankee Stadium, and fans will be returning to the stands for the first time since before the pandemic.
Restrictions have eased since last season, but spectators will still need to follow certain COVID guidelines.
READ MORE: New York lifts mandatory quarantine for domestic travelers
“I hope this is just the start of seeing our participation really increase,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday. “Get our support to its destination.”
Fans will finally be allowed to return for the first time since the 2019 season.
“The experience, of course, will be a little different. We encourage all supporters to arrive early, ”said Doug Behar, senior vice president of stadium operations.
– John Dias (@JohnBDias) April 1, 2021
READ MORE: Connecticut Now Offers COVID Vaccine to Anyone 16 Years and Over
The team is entitled to a maximum capacity of 20%, or 10,850 fans, who will sit in groups of two to four people, separated by six feet. Social distancing and masks are mandatory.
“If I can see my Yankees, I don’t really care about precautions. Whatever you need from me, Yankee organization, I will, ”fan Devin Garner said.
Fans will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours to enter.
There will be no vendors in the booths, but dealerships will be opened with a new cash-only system. They will have special card machines for fans who need them.
“Going forward, it’s something I’ll always remember,” pitcher Gerrit Cole said. “Anytime I see a fan or sign an autograph for a kid, oh yeah, I’ll remember that at some point it was taken away from us. So you know it’s very rewarding to know that they are coming back.
NO MORE NEWS: NYPD: Brandon Elliot arrested in brutal assault on 65-year-old Asian woman
Meanwhile, the stadium will continue to be used as a COVID vaccination site at least until the end of April, expect when the team will be home for a one-day game.