The world is about to take another step toward normalcy for East Bay baseball fans.
The Oakland A’s will open the Coliseum to full capacity beginning June 29 against the Texas Rangers, and remain that way for the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday.
The coronavirus pandemic severely limited the ability for fans to attend MLB games, and the Coliseum doors were closed to the public for all of 2020 while the A’s played in front of cardboard cutouts and teddy bears. This year the stadium opened up to a limited number of people, and on June 15 the state of California is planning to reopen and lift pretty much all public health restrictions. Two weeks later, the club will follow suit.
The official maximum listed on the team’s website is 46,765 fans for a game, though on special occasions it’s gotten up to 56,310 in the past by opening up Mount Davis above center field. Only once this year has attendance at the Coliseum topped 10,000, on Opening Day, with around three-quarters of the seats zip-tied for now to foster social distancing.
In addition to the increased capacity at the end of June, fans from outside California will be able to begin purchasing tickets, which hasn’t been the case up to this point. Many popular areas of the park that had been temporarily closed will also reopen June 29, including the Treehouse and Championship Plaza. There will be a post-game fireworks show on July 2.
However, some safety measures will remain in place. From the team’s press release:
A number of health and safety measures will remain in place at the ballpark, including cashless transactions, mobile-only ticketing, and mobile ordering and pick-up for concessions. Following State recommendations, the A’s will strongly encourage fans to be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending, or wear a face covering while at the ballpark.