Cleveland Indians fans received word earlier this week the team was expected to have limited attendance at games in 2021.
That news became official Thursday afternoon.
The Indians shared an update revealing that April home games will feature 30 percent capacity at Progressive Field.
That means over 10,000 fans can take in Indians games when the season gets underway.
WE CAN'T WAIT TO WELCOME YOU BACK TO PROGRESSIVE FIELD!!!!!
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) February 25, 2021
Fans Back at Progressive Field
This is amazing news and continues the process of slowly getting back to normal both in sports and regular everyday life.
The attendance limit is strictly in place for the month of April at this point.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine explained how these restrictions can be lifted as the year goes on.
Sporting and entertainment events will be able to reopen with 25% maximum indoor capacity and 30% maximum outdoor capacity provided they follow established precautions. This is a start. If the situation improves in spring/summer, this could be expanded.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) February 25, 2021
Of course, there are plenty of precautions still in place.
Masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking in designated areas.
Gates will also open just one hour before first pitch, meaning fans can no longer come in early for batting practice.
That seems like a small price to pay and is something that will be changed as the year progresses.
One thing fans must also know is that no bags will be allowed.
Once again, a small issue that should be resolved as time goes on.
The main point here is that fans can get back in the stands and cheer on the Indians.
Attending a Game in April
The Indians have a total of 14 home games in the month of April.
The home opener is scheduled for April 5 against the Kansas City Royals.
That follows a three-game series in Detroit to open the regular season.
The opening home series is a bit odd as the opener is on a Monday, followed by an off-day Tuesday, before the series concludes Wednesday.
The Indians are then off that Thursday before starting a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.
The final homestand of the month features some better competition as the Indians take on the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Minnesota Twins, in that order.
May begins with a road trip and the first home game comes on the 7th.
That allows for plenty of time to learn about new policies and adjust the ticketing process accordingly to potentially get more fans at the park.
Those willing to attend a game in April will be part of a historic group seeing the start of the 2021 MLB season after fans were not allowed inside Progressive Field in 2020.
The team now has the fun job of figuring out the logistics of making season-ticket holders happy at a time when not everyone can attend a game or sit in their normal seat.
But overall, this is exciting news as the weather starts to improve in Northeast Ohio.