Are Fans Scared To Enter MLB Ballparks For The Upcoming Season?

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Monday night, the Texas Rangers hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in an exhibition game as the two teams continue to prepare for the regular season later this week.

While fans across the nation have been saying for quite some time that they would attend games again if stadiums were open, they didn’t follow through on Monday in the Rangers’ brand spanking new digs in Arlington, TX.

Only 12,911 fans showed up for the game at Globe Life Field, despite the fact that the park can seat more than 40,000.

Earlier in March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott “opened the entire state and businesses fully and ended the mask mandate.”

The games between the Rangers and Brewers are the first two games that Rangers fans have been able to attend at the new ballpark this year.

Last season, Major League Baseball played the postseason and the World Series at the new ballpark, and fans were able to attend.

Both the NLCS and World Series was at 25% capacity, allowing a maximum of 11,500 people to attend each game at Globe Life Field

It remains to be seen whether Monday’s light attendance has anything to do with fear over the COVID-19 virus, or whether it’s just the fact that it’s a game that won’t count in the overall 2021 standings.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. I’m not afraid to go see the Mets this season. I just don’t want to have to prove I’m not a diseased meatbag or wear a mask. Let me buy a ticket and enjoy the game just like it was 2019 and I’m all in.

  2. Baseball COULD use fear of the virus as a cause for lack of attendance, but I forget what the excuses were back in 2019. Anyone with MLB.TV back then could flip to nearly any game and see stadiums less than half full. Wasn’t it “the game is too slow” controversy back then? And all the rules that would ‘ruin’ baseball if they sped up the game at the cost of strategy?

    My memory faded, as had my interest.

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