For over a year, COVID-19 has turned life for everyone upside down. Luckily the situation has improved enough for fans to return to Major League Stadiums this season. All 30 clubs allowed fans in the ballpark on opening day. The Texas Rangers immediately allowed full capacity at games, while most teams are staying between 15 and 30 percent of their maximum capacity. On February 25th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that stadiums could return to hosting fans at 12 percent capacity starting on March 25th. 4,500 fans will get a Fenway Park experience since that’s all the Red Sox will allow into the park for a game, at least for now.
Prior to entry on game day, all ticket holders have to take a health screening survey. Digital ticketing will also be used to minimize contact. Every fan over the age of two is required to wear a mask or face covering. The only bags that fans can bring into Fenway are bags that contain diapers or medical-related items. Fans can only eat or drink at their seat. One of the biggest changes to the Fenway Park experience is the gate-entry process. Five entry zones now divide Fenway Park. Fans have to enter through their designated zone determined by the location of their seat.
The Fenway Four:
- Social Distancing: Tickets are sold in pod-style seating. Additional line-mangement areas will be used at restrooms, shops, concession stands, and security checkpoints. Fenway will use buffer zones around bullpens and dugouts to close off access to player areas, which means no autographs will be allowed.
2. Proper Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes, and be sure to use the sanitation stations around the ballpark.
3. Cleaning And Disinfecting: The Fenway staff will do a great job with keeping high-touch areas clean. Staff wash every seat with a high capacity hose after each game. There will be an increase in ventilation throghout the concourses and other indoor areas.
4. Medical Screening: In addition to the health screening survey fans take upon entry to Fenway, the main first-aid station will be equipped with fully operational testing capabilities.
The staff at Fenway Park has done a phenomenal job of preparing the ballpark to safely welcome fans back. We need to make sure we do our part by properly wearing our masks unless actively eating or drinking, fully adhere to social distancing guidelines, make sure we practice good hygiene, and comply with the health screening protocols. Together, we can safely return to cheering on our beloved Red Sox.