The Cleveland Indians were able to get just over 10,000 fans in the stands at Progressive Field for games in April.
A huge homestand begins Tuesday and that will be the allotted capacity once again.
But Ohio Governor Mike DeWine did hint earlier this year that the goal is to get to a full stadium at some point this season.
May is not bringing a packed house, however, more fans will indeed be in the stands.
Capacity at Progressive Field will increase from 30% to 40% in May. Tickets for all May home games will go on sale to the public starting Monday, May 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) April 19, 2021
This is not the fantastic news everyone was hoping for.
Still, getting up to 40 percent capacity is nothing to be upset about.
The goal is constant growth until there are no more restrictions on attendance.
That of course is more of a societal conversation than a sports one.
Details on the New Rules
Everyone in the park will still be required to wear a mask.
That is nothing to be surprised about.
The Indians also revealed tickets will be sold in quantities of two, four, and six.
This writer is still wishing he could buy a single ticket and hang at the right field bar, but that should be a possibility soon enough.
So not too much is changing from April to May other than the increased capacity.
Capacity for May games at Progressive field will be increased from 30% to 40%.
Go ahead, fire off those attendance jokes.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) April 19, 2021
The real jump may come in June or July if vaccine rates go up and the state looks to finally be on the other side of the pandemic.
The May Schedule
The Indians have a light home slate in the month of May.
It starts with a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds beginning May 7.
A two-game series with the Chicago Cubs follows that before the Indians head out west.
The end of the month features the team at home for two weekend series that will see the return of Dollar Dog Nights.
That is something to get excited about for sure.
The difficulty of the schedule begins to increase starting this week.
The Indians are home against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Minnesota Twins all in the same homestand.
In a weird twist, the Yankees could end up being the easiest opponent so far this season based on their awful start.
The competition remains challenging in May and having the Cubs in town will allow the bigger home crowd to shower that team with boos.
The Indians enter the week with an 8-7 record.
That is good news for fans in general.
Learning that more people can attend games in May only adds to the good vibes at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.