The Texas Rangers hosted 38,238 fans for their sell-out game against Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon, making it the first sporting event since COVID-19 that had no restrictions on the number of fans allowed in attendance.
A full capacity crowd were fortunate to be the first in North America to watch a game with no attendance restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Fans were still required to wear masks in the ground if they weren’t eating or drinking, however, television cameras picked up on a number of fans who were not complying with the rules.
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott ordered last month that Texas is to be fully opened again. Although President Biden and Officials from US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have previously warned against larger crowd events as they could be a hotspot for spreading the virus.
38,238 fans packed into the Rangers’ Globe Life Field on Monday afternoon in sunny Arlington, Texas. The game included a minutes silence held to honour those who had lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rangers have said that in the future, they will devote sections of the stadium to distanced seating, which was first opened in 2020.
Baseball felt the crippling financial effects of the pandemic, with Major League Baseball (MLB) suffering a 70 per cent drop in revenue with the season being cut short to just 60 games, down from its normal 162.
The visitors came out on top on Monday afternoon, with the Blue Jays beating the Ranger 6-2.
Author: Fred Dobberson