When the 2020 baseball season resumes and fans are allowed back into ballparks, safety will be foremost on their minds. Here’s one plan from a veteran independent/MiLB operator designed to reassure fans that venue pros have that same priority.
The Goldklang Group, owner of the Charleston RiverDogs (Low A; Sally League), St. Paul Saints(independent; American Association) and Hudson Valley Renegades (Short Season A; NY-Penn League), put together guides with a plan on how they would resume operations once play resumes and fans are allowed back into ballparks. Last week we ran a story on prepping for fans when they return to the ballpark; this guide follows up with very specific guidelines designed to reassure fans that teams and ballpark operators have safety at the top of their priorities.
You can read the guide from the Charleston RiverDogs here, but the guides for the Saints and Renegades are based on the same game plan. Here are some highlights:
All of this makes sense, and we’d expect any venue expecting thousands of fans to be set up in a similar fashion. In the end, a game plan like this will be needed to persuade local health officials to allow fans to return to the ballpark: almost every state lists sporting events as one of the last things to reopen under current stay-at-home guidelines, and with polls showing most fans are wary of attending sports events, building confidence in the ballpark experience is a must.