Some more planning information for you: The Minnesota Twins unveiled 2021 Hammond Stadium spring-training guidelines and procedures, as the team will operate at reduced capacity throughout February and March.
Major League Baseball and Lee County have signed off on a plan for the Twins to host slightly more than 2,400 fans per game (about 28 percent of the normal capacity of 8,730), as the team has developed a physically-distanced seating plan utilizing “pods” (sold in sets of 2 or 4 contiguous seats only) to maximize guest comfort and safety. Due to limited capacity, season and group ticket plans have been discontinued this spring; existing Twins spring training season-ticket holders will have exclusive access to purchase single-game tickets for the 2021 spring campaign, prior to any remaining inventory being released to the public. The Twins have been working on a COVID-19 mitigation plan with their Low-A affiliate, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
If there are tickets left, they’ll be offered to the general public at a time to be determined. Also to be announced: specific operating guidelines, including guest and staff PPE requirements, cleaning and disinfecting enhancements, concession and retail operations, entry guidelines, and modifications to facilitate physical distancing and minimize touchpoints throughout. You can get a pretty good idea of what to expect by reading this article on MLB’s fan-safety guidelines for 2021.
“Fans are truly what make baseball great, and the Minnesota Twins are beyond thrilled to begin safely welcoming ours back into ballparks for the 2021 season, starting with Spring Training home games at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers,” said club President & CEO Dave St. Peter via press statement. “The Twins, the Mighty Mussels, Major League Baseball and Lee County – our partners for 30 years – are committed to creating the safest possible environment for our guests, players, staff and employees. We are confident in the protocols and procedures we are putting into place at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, and we look forward to again seeing our fans inside Hammond Stadium for Twins Spring Training baseball.”
Twins pitchers and catchers are due to report to Fort Myers on Thursday, February 18, with the first full squad workout set for Tuesday, February 23 and the first of 16 scheduled Grapefruit League home games at Hammond Stadium slated for Sunday, February 28 vs. Baltimore (schedule subject to change).
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