DBacks Up Attendance as Governor loosens restrictions
After the initial plan in Phoenix was to open Chase Field up to 12,000 fans to begin the 2021 season, around 25% of the park’s capacity, it is now being reported that the Diamondbacks will be allowed to hold even more fans for their first homestand of 2021.
Nick Piecoro of AZ Central writes, “The Diamondbacks are increasing capacity at Chase Field from 12,000 to 20,000 and additional tickets for the initial home games of the 2021 season will go on sale at 9a.m. on Friday. The decision comes days after Gov. Doug Ducey loosened COVID-19 restrictions in the state.” The move almost doubles the current attendance being allowed, as the new number stands to be about 40% of Chase Field’s total capacity.
Diamondbacks CEO, Derrick Hall, also weighed in on the decision to increase Chase Field’s attendance saying, “As we continue to see the key measurements improve throughout the state and the restrictions lifted on businesses, we feel very comfortable that we can permit additional fans to enjoy D-Backs baseball while still providing a safe and comfortable environment. We will continue to require masks and ask fans to distance appropriately while keeping all other policies in place to start the season.”
These are very exciting times to not only be a D-Backs fan, but also a baseball fan in general. It’s crazy to sit and think that a year ago we did not even know if we would get an MLB season, and now here we are seeing the world start to heal again and fans being welcomed back to their hometown stadiums. The Diamondbacks home opener will be April 9, against the Cincinnati Reds.