The Texas Rangers announced plans to open Globe Life Field to its full capacity of 40,518 for the team’s final two exhibitions of spring training and the home opener on April 5.
Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed all pandemic-related restrictions on businesses in the state.
If all goes as planned, the Rangers games will mark the first time a sporting event in the United States will be at full capacity since the first round of the Players Championship on March 12, 2020.
Fans will still be expected to adhere to health and safety protocols.
- Masks or face coverings are required except when eating or drinking.
- Globe Life Field will be entirely cashless.
- No tailgating permitted in the first two months of the season.
- Refusal to adhere to the guidelines will commence a three-strike rule.
The stadium’s unique design creates air flow whether the retractable roof is open or closed, providing another potential safeguard.
“We will continue to monitor developments and implement the necessary public health measures,” said Neil Leibman, the team’s COO and president of business operations.
After the opener, the stadium will have socially-distanced sections for the remaining home games this season.