When the Major League Baseball season opens for 2021, the Cincinnati Reds will be able to host fans in Great American Ball Park at 30% of the ballpark’s capacity, the team announced Thursday.
Opening day is April 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4:10 p.m. game.
This inching back to normalcy follows a 2020 season during which teams played just 60 games, did not start until well into the summer and hosted no fans at regular-season games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave permission to the team to allow fans when the new season begins.
However, many safety precautions will be in place for the fans who do attend. Tickets will only be available digitally through the MLB Ballpark app so there can be contactless entry to the park.
Also, masks are mandatory, seating will be socially distanced and as a new policy, no backpacks will be allowed in the park.
"We are excited to welcome fans back to the ballpark to kick off the season on opening day," said Reds President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini.