Sports around the world took a huge hit when the pandemic started. Even more so in the United States. Everything was shut down including the stadiums and the leagues. In the latter half of the past year, news of players being affected by the virus ran riot. The NFL, MLB, and the NBA were all suspended without any discussion about their resumption. After a few months, the leagues were restarted but this time with extensive caution. Players were given strict guidelines about having no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Entire teams were kept in a bio-bubble and breaking the restrictions had dire consequences.
The biggest factor which affected franchises was matches being played behind closed doors. No spectators were allowed which resulted in no ticket revenue. The entire league and its franchises faced huge financial losses. However, things have started returning back to normal in most parts of the world. Limited in-person attendance has become the norm.
Texas Rangers deciding to let in capacity crowds for their games:
The Texas Rangers, a team in the MLB, recently decided to allow capacity crowds to enter the stadium. It became the first MLB state to allow this after the pandemic. The Globe Life Field has decided to open its gates to all 40,518 people who want to come and watch their teams.
BREAKING: Texas Rangers plan to open to full 40,518 capacity for 2 final exhibition games and Opening Day, with plans to have social-distanced sections available in subsequent games.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) March 10, 2021
This decision comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said last week he would lift the statewide mask mandate and permit businesses to operate at full capacity. The changes took effect Wednesday.
However, this decision still comes loaded with extensive precautions. All the spectators are expected to keep wearing their masks at all times except when eating or drinking. Anybody found in breach of these rules will be ejected immediately..
When will the changes take effect:
The first game with complete spectators will be held on 29th March. The match will be against the Milwaukee Brewers. After that, the Rangers will also allow capacity crowds for their season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on 5th April.
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