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Mariners, Sounders, OL Reign approve home games to greet fans after COVID-19 shutdown

Three weeks before the start of the 2021 Great League Baseball season, the Marines can already celebrate one small victory.

The team ‘s offer to return the fans to T-Mobile Park was approved by Governor Ay ե Insli, who announced the project on Thursday as part of a new phase of COVID-19 reopening.

Marians are allowed to receive up to 9,000 fans at T-Mobile Park for the start of the season, which kicks off on April 1 against the San Francisco Giants.

Fans are required to wear masks, engage in social distance.

Fans are also allowed to return to games for Seattle Sounders FC և OL Reign at 25% of their playing capacity. In high school, youth sports are also allowed to have more spectators.

John Onton Stanton, chairman of the Inquisition, said Wednesday that he had been working closely with local agencies over the past few months to reopen the ballot box over safety protocols.

“The health and safety of our fans, our players and our staff is a priority for us,” Stanton said on Thursday. “With the help of professional լավագույն health և safety best practices, we are delighted to be able to bring fans back to T-Mobile Park for the first time since 2019. I would like to thank Governor Insley, Dow County Executive Konstantin և (Seattle) Mayor Durnka յուր for their leadership և Seattle և King County տնօրեն Patty Hayes և և և բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ բաժ We worked at T-Mobile Park to create a safe experience for our fans and players. և employees. “

In’s Rider manager Scott Service at a virtual press conference before Inslee’s announcement on Thursday hoped the state would approve the team’s plan. The Mariners, like most MLB teams, played last season with their epidemic-reduced 2020 season in front of empty stands in their home park.

“It would mean a lot to our players, to me. We missed it desperately last year, ”said Service. “I know that many teams have already come out in public, they say they are going to open within 25 (or) 50 percent, some even said 100 percent, which is a bit alarming.

“I really hope we do the right thing in Seattle, let some of our fans come back on the pitch. It means the world to us. ”

Passengers announced that ticket holders will have priority access to tickets. For now, the team only sells tickets for the first 11 games of the season.

The team will provide pre-sale to Mariners Post (mariners.com/mail) subscribers starting March 24. The remaining tickets for one game buyers will be available on March 25 at 10 am.

The passengers also announced several enhanced health and safety measures, including:

  • Masks. All spectators (2 բարձր older) will be required to wear nose և mouth masks. Masks are required at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Digital tickets. All tickets will be digital to reduce audience-staff communication.
  • Security check. No outside food or drink will be allowed in the games to speed up the entrance to the park. Bags, backpacks and wallets are also banned.
  • Non-cash. All transactions within the park will require a debit or credit card. (Those who have cash can convert it from card to card at new kiosks).
  • New menus. Food offers will focus on individual packaged items.
  • Cleaning. Sailors will “use the latest technology և products” to clean up any potential COVID-19 presence.

Sounders, OL Reign planning for fans too

Sounders FC’s matches this season are expected to feature opening game competitions, such as the opening of tifo և unique lengths. The club confirmed that it is exploring ways to use Inslee cleaning facilities to accommodate up to 25% of the site’s fan capacity.

The Sounders open the 2021 MLS season on April 16 at Lumen Field in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Championship against Minnesota United FC. The Sounders won 3-2, scoring all their goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Peter Tomozawa, President of Sounders Business Operations, warned fans that 2020 In the plan to allow for the first time since March 7. Any strategy should adopt MLS safety protocols, but the club is working with local healthcare և First & Goal Inc. to finalize the layout.

“We have always said that public health and safety must come first before returning to the fans,” Tomozawa said in a statement. “While today’s news provides the kind of hope and inspiration we all need now, we will continue to take a methodical approach to this process with our regional health authorities, Lumen Field և and our MLS partners. We will announce more details in the coming days, but for now this is a moment worth noting throughout our region. ”

Sound season ticket holders reserve the first right to attend future home games. Many postponed their purchases from last season to do so. The club sent a question to all members on Wednesday to assess their interest.

OL Reign is going through a similar process, but it is more decisive, as it is waiting to host the fans for the opening of the NWSL Challenge Cup on April 16 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. It will meet with “Houston Dash”.

“We were delighted to see that announcement,” said Bill Predmore, the minority owner and CEO of the Kingdom, in a text message. “There are still details to finalize, but we expect to have fans in our games this season.”

Capacity for up to 25% for high school sports

Thursday’s announcement had a twofold effect on King County High School Sports.

First, attendance at outdoor facilities with permanent residences will increase to 25% capacity. For high school sports starting March 18, which may allow parents to catch the end of the season for this first season of sports that includes football. Previously, only 200 people were allowed at the event, and the participants were involved.

The announcement opened the door for him to play basketball this school year. These sports, like fun, are considered closed risky sports, until the announcement on Thursday, there was no plan to play those sports.

The Subway League is scheduled to start basketball and wrestling on April 19, the earliest of King County High School Leagues.

Journalist ued Ida Evans և High School Sports Coordinator Nathan Oy oys contributed to this report.

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