President Biden said in a taped interview on Wednesday night that the Texas Rangers made a “mistake” by opening the stadium to the start of the 2021 season.
The global life field can accommodate 40,300 people. Fans still need to wear masks when cheering for the Rangers’ home opener, and only remove them when actively eating or drinking. The team is installing plexiglass barriers along the top of the shed and along the back and sides of the bullpen. For fans, all franchise and merchandise stalls are cashless, and tickets will be digital.
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Biden told ESPN that he thought it was not a good idea.
The president said on the eve of the opening day of the MLB: “Well, this is a decision they made. I think it was a mistake.”
The Rangers’ home opener will play against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 5.
During the 2020 pandemic in Texas, no fans participated in all 30 home games, but the team hosted the National League Championship and the World Series, and the game capacity of these two series was 28%.
Biden said he “strongly supported” Major League Baseball’s transfer of the All-Star Game to Georgia’s election rules.
Rangers chief executive Neil Leibman said in March that he is confident that the baseball field will not host “super scatter games.”
He said: “According to all the agreements we follow, we will take great responsibility and provide people with a very comfortable environment to enjoy the game without worrying that we will become a communicator.”
The team’s executive vice president Rob Matwick emphasized that fans must be willing to comply with any requirements, but he said they will be enforced if necessary.
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Matwick said: “There is no doubt that we will need the cooperation of the fans. The good news is that the numbers are declining.” “Can we give up our vigilance? No. We need their cooperation.”
Dan Canova of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.