It’s been a long time since the Dodgers have been able to host fans at games. The last time there were real-life people packed into the stands was when they were knocked out of the NLDS in 2019. That means that it’s been 499 days since the left-field pavilion was jumping, even if it was a loss.
But the good news is that things are starting to somewhat trend in the right direction. As recently as today, it was reported that all 5 California teams are hoping to get the chance to host fans by Opening Day. And as it turns out, the Dodgers are increasingly hopeful with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination in full force.
In a video sent to Dodgers season ticket holders on Friday, President and CEO Stan Kasten gave hope that fans could attend games in April. Kasten clarified in the video that the stadium obviously would not be at full capacity if they were able to have fans.
I hope, by opening day, we are finally going to have some fans in the park. I don’t think it will be a full stadium just yet. But I do believe sometime during this season, the way things are looking, we will have a full stadium again…This has always been the most beautiful place ever built to play or watch the game of baseball .I think we will appreciate it in a way we never did before.
There are obviously a lot of things that need to happen in order to have fans at Dodgers game by Opening Day. But the fact that Kasten is already telling season ticket holders that he is hopeful should be a good sign.
It has been far too long since any of us has had the opportunity to see a game in person. And if it is safe to do so, we all deserve the shot to see our new Dodgers take the field.
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