One noticeable anecdote from watching various broadcasts of the first few days of Spring Training this week is just how great it is to finally have fans back in the stands across Major League Baseball. And according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, the Braves expect to have a plan regarding fans at Truist Park released by next Friday.
Braves expect fans at Truist Park in April, will set capacity soon https://t.co/56pl1cGoZA
— Tim Tucker (@TimTuckerAJC) March 1, 2021
With uncertainty still looming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AJC reports that Braves CEO Derek Schiller plans to revise the team’s attendance policy on a “month-to-month basis”, beginning with an official determination for the start of Atlanta’s regular season home-opener at Truist Park on April 9th, as well as the team’s 13 additional home games during the month of April. As we’ve seen over the last year-plus, the situation can evolve quickly when it comes to COVID infections, therefore it only makes sense to approach fan attendance in this way.
For a bit of insight as to what Truist Park could look like during the Braves home opener versus the Phillies, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei suggested last Friday that the season might begin at 25% capacity, or roughly 10,000 fans. One can only hope that as long as the sport has a strong first month, in terms of reported COVID cases among players and fans, that the number of fans allowed will steadily rise over the course of the 2021 regular season.
Regardless, those of us planning to attend a Braves game at Truist Park this year can expect the usual safety measures we’ve grown accustomed to during this pandemic. Mask wearing and social distancing will be a given at this point, and I’m sure there’ll be numerous protocols regarding other things like concessions and in-stadium activities. Either way, it’s great news that fans are finally back.