Being a baseball fan in California might be a little bit brutal in 2021. With MLB trying their best to get fans back in the stands, there is little doubt that ticket prices are going to be insane. Dodgers fans have already seen this with Opening Day tickets listed on third-party websites.
The Padres are likely going to be one of the California teams that get to open their season with 20 percent capacity. Under California’s tiered system for COVID-19, counties must be out of the Purple tier in order to host that number. The Dodgers are closing in on getting out of the Purple zone, but it’s going to be tight.
But from what it sounds like, Dodgers fans won’t even get the chance to travel to see their games. Padres’ CEO Erik Greupner spoke with The San Diego Union about having fans by Opening Day and smirked when asked if fans in Los Angeles would have the chance to buy tickets at Petco Park.
It’s dynamic right now both in terms of total capacity and how many of our Padres members are opting in. I think it’s a tough ticket to get. For them to try to get a ticket, it’s probably going to be a pretty significant premium. Maybe they enjoy staying in LA and watching the Dodgers play there.
Greupner previously explained that tickets would be available first to season ticket holders, but could eventually advance to individual game sales. Dodgers fans looking to get these tickets are likely going to have to pay the premium price listed on third-party websites.
A little bit of a jab at a rival never hurt anyone, but we can understand why they wouldn’t want it to turn into Dodger Stadium south. Dodgers fans have been the reason that the Padres have averaged decent attendance in years past, packing out Petco Park when the team is in town.
We’ll let you have this one.
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