TAMPA — The Rays announced another step toward normalcy on Tuesday morning with an increased capacity of 25,000 starting July 5 at Tropicana Field.
“With vaccination rates increasing across Florida and continued health and safety protocols in place at Tropicana Field, capacity at the ballpark will increase to approximately 25,000 fans, matching the capacity from the conclusion of the 2019 regular season,” Tuesday’s release stated. “Socially distant seating pods will no longer be available.”
About a month ago, the franchise announced an increase in capacity to 20,000. The upper 300 level deck will remain closed.
Masks are now optional for fully vaccinated fans. However, fans who are two years and older who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks.
This decision comes at a time when about half of Florida’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 41 percent are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the CDC.
This season, the Rays have the third lowest attendance in the majors, with 198,862 total fans, according to Baseball Reference. They average 6,026 fans per game.
Tickets for the remaining regular season home games will be available to the general public on June 25 at 10 a.m. Season ticket holders who purchase or renew their membership by Friday will have access to an exclusive pre-sale.
Those who wish to go to a game between now through June 27 can purchase tickets online through the MLB Ballpark app or online at RaysBaseball.com.
The Rays’ next game is at Chicago on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. Their next home game is June 22 against Boston at 7:10 p.m.
Contact Mari Faiello at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @faiello_mari.
Payton Titus contributed to this report.
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