Encouraged by Texas governor Greg Abbott's recent move to relax all COVID-19 restrictions, the MLB’s Texas Rangers are preparing to welcome a full crowd to the team’s home opener on April 5.
The Rangers announced Wednesday that they will allow 100 percent capacity at Globe Life Field when the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
"The Rangers are encouraged that the Governor's Office has given clearance for us to fully open Globe Life Field at the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season," president of business operations and chief operating officer Neil Leibman said in a press release Wednesday, according to CBS Sports. Liebman said all attendees will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
The Rangers will also invite a full-capacity crowd to the team’s final two exhibition games.
"We're not going to have the social distance seats available for Opening Day because we made a commitment to everybody [season ticket holders] that they could hold tickets if we would allow them for the proper Opening Day," executive vice president and chief revenue and marketing officer Joe Januszewski told MLB.com. "We're going to honor that, so in order to do that, obviously we would be at a full capacity."
Fans uncomfortable attending will be able to exchange their tickets for a future game.