After a season with no fans in attendance, the San Francisco Giants could soon be released for about 8,000 ticket holders for the home kick-off at Oracle Park next week.
According to the team’s spokesman, Staci Slaughter, the Giants are awaiting final approval from the city’s health authorities but expect to fill around 20 percent of the ballpark for the April 9 game against the Colorado Rockies.
“We expect a capacity of around 20 percent – around 8,000 tickets,” said Slaughter on Monday.
Oracle Park could have up to 33 percent capacity under the state’s COVID-19 guidelines after San Francisco moved to the orange tier last week. However, local jurisdictions may set stricter limits.
While the Giants are expected to reveal more details by Wednesday after city officials sign the plans, ticket sales for this month’s home games have already begun, with first-time access for subscribers.
“Current season ticket members are our top priority for the April Games. We’re going through this sales process right now,” said Slaughter. “We expect the remaining April tickets to go on sale to the public this week.”
She noted, “We are selling tickets month to month given the changing dynamics.”
According to the team’s website, seats are sold in “pods” of two to four tickets that are at least three feet away from other pods. The baseball stadium will also have “segregated zones” to “prevent cross-traffic from fans throughout the building.”
Mayor London Breed has discussed working with the Giants to bring fans to the Games for their home opener at several press events this month but has stopped giving details.
The Giants season begins with a series of away games. The team will take on the Seattle Mariners, starting the league’s opening day Thursday, before taking on the San Diego Padres.
The Giants finished last year with a 29-31 record. The 2020 season was postponed due to the pandemic and shortened to 60 games. The fans have been replaced in the stadiums with cardboard cutouts and artificial noise.
On Monday, the Giants defeated Oakland A 7-2 in Arizona, the last game of spring training. The A’s face the Houston Astros at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday to open their home game. The audience is 20 percent.
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