A day after more than 40 thousand people attended Petco Park to see the Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. tie for the home run lead and that over 30 thousand enjoyed live at Angel Stadium the unique show offered by the batter / pitcher Japan’s Shohei Ohtani, the New York Yankees fitted out every seat in their stately home in the Bronx for the first time in 20 months.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drew more than 52,000 fans to Dodger Stadium for Tuesday and Wednesday games against the Philadelphia Phillies, while the San Diego Padres received 40,362 on Thursday, when they faced the Cincinnati Reds on their first open day for full.
Tatis hit his 22nd home run of the season and compatriot Manny Machado added his 10th in a 6-4 home run win. Simultaneously, Ohtani pitched six one-run innings and walked two at bat in the Angels’ 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers to 30,709 at Angel Stadium.
Little by little, fans are returning to the stadiums, a sign that Major League Baseball, and the United States more generally, is heading back to its pre-coronavirus pandemic normalcy.
For the first time since October 2019, the Yankees put Yankee Stadium’s full capacity (more than 52,000 seats) up for sale for the weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, joining more than a dozen clubs that had already made same. The city’s other team, the New York Mets, will allow more than 40,000 fans at Citi Field starting Monday.
As a result of COVID-19, which has killed more than 600,000 people in the United States, the major leagues played a cut tournament without fans last year and started this year’s tournament with controlled attendance and social distancing in the stadiums.
As states and cities relax the rules of coexistence and citizens are vaccinated against the disease, teams have been increasing the availability of seats in their facilities.
Currently, 18 clubs are allowing 100 percent fans and another four will join the list from next week.
By July 5, 29 of the 30 clubs (the Toronto Blue Jays being the exception) will accept unlimited fans. As a result of the border closures in Canada due to the coronavirus, the Blue Jays played in April and May at their spring training home in Dunedin, Florida, and moved to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York state, in June.
Toronto played in Buffalo, home to its AAA branch, for most of the 2020 shortened season schedule and under the current circumstances, an early return to Canada is unlikely.
This is the current situation of each Major League team in relation to the number of fans they can receive.
Atlanta Braves: Receives full capacity at Truist Park (41,084) as of May 7.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Total Chase Field capacity (48,686) available as of May 25.
Baltimore Orioles: Oriole Park’s full capacity (45,971) as of June 1.
Boston Red Sox: Full Fenway Park capacity (37,755) as of May 29.
Chicago Cubs: Wrigley Field’s full capacity (41,649) as of June 11.
Chicago White Sox: Full capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field (40,615) as of June 25.
Cincinnati Reds: Great American Ball Park full capacity (42,319) as of June 2.
Cleveland Indians: Full Progressive Field capacity (30,041) as of June 2.
Colorado Rockies: Starting June 28, Coors Field (50,700) will receive unlimited attendance.
Detroit Tigers: Full Comerica Park capacity (41,083) as of June 8.
Houston Astros: They opened Minute Maid Park (41,168) to full capacity on May 25.
Kansas City Royals: Full Kauffman Stadium capacity (37,903) as of May 31.
Los Angeles Angels: Full capacity (45,517) as of Thursday, June 17.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Full Dodger Stadium capacity (56,000) as of Tuesday, June 15.
Miami Marlins: Announced full opening of loanDepot Park (37,442) as of July 5.
Milwaukee Brewers: Will receive full capacity at American Family Field (41,900) starting June 25.
Minnesota Twins: Will be at full capacity at Target Field (38,544) starting July 5.
New York Mets: Will fully open Citi Field (41,922) from Monday, June 21.
New York Yankees: Full capacity at Yankee Stadium (+52,000) as of June 18.
Oakland Athletics: All RingCentral Coliseum seats (+47,000) will open on June 29.
Philadelphia Phillies: Full Citizens Bank Park capacity (42,792) as of June 12.
Pittsburgh Pirates: PNC Park (38,747) will have unlimited capacity from July 1.
San Diego Padres: Total capacity of Petco Park (+40,000) as of Thursday, June 17.
San Francisco Giants: Will begin to receive the full capacity of Oracle Park (41,265) from June 25.
Seattle Mariners: Will allow total attendance from T-Mobile Park (47,929) from July 2.
St. Louis Cardinals: Receives full capacity at Busch Stadium (45,494) starting June 14.
Tampa Bay Rays: Tropicana Field (25,000) will allow full attendance from July 5.
Texas Rangers: Unlimited capacity from day one at Globe Life Field (40,300).
Toronto Blue Jays: They will increase to 80% entry to small Sahlen Field (16,600) on June 24.
Washington Nationals: Full Nationals Park capacity (41,339) as of June 11.