"We feel pretty optimistic about our capacity to host spring training in the safest possible way," said Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of the Cactus League. All 30 Major League Baseball teams are allowing spectators to visit their spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida, albeit space is extremely restricted. The Cactus League announced on March 11 that it was lifting its ban on large gatherings as part of its effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Spring training has been canceled this year due to the outbreak, with the exception of minor league games that were still being played at the time. The major leagues have yet to announce whether or not they will resume in the future.
In addition to the major leagues, many other sports organizations have also decided to cancel their seasons due to the coronavirus outbreak. The NBA has confirmed that it will suspend its season following the conclusion of the Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks game on April 7. The NHL has set a deadline of April 13 for any team that has not made the playoffs by then to make a decision on whether or not it will continue playing this season.
College basketball's early entry process has begun, with most schools announcing their non-conference schedules well before the start of the season. The majority of these games will be played without fans present due to coronavirus concerns.
The Chicago Cubs will have the most visitors (3,630 per game), while the San Francisco Giants will have the fewest (1,000 per game). The Miami Marlins will host 10 percent of all visitors (90 per game), while the Los Angeles Dodgers will allow a maximum of 2,520 people per game.
Spring training has been taking place since 1877. It is used by all but four Major League Baseball teams - the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers - to get ready for the season. The purpose is for players to get extra at-bats in order to improve their chances of making the team or being sent down to the minor leagues if they aren't good enough to make the major league roster out of camp.
There are several factors that determine how many people can see which games are played during spring training. Each team's stadium has a capacity limit on how many people can be inside it at one time. Some games may also be canceled due to rainouts or cold weather conditions that could threaten player safety.
The number of people who can fit into these stadiums varies greatly from year to year.
The Cactus League clubs play nearly a month of spring training baseball in the picturesque Arizona desert each spring, providing fans some big-time thrills while soaking up the sun and lovely weather that Arizona is known for. The Cactus League teams train at various locations throughout Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas; many stadiums are shared with NFL teams or used as practice facilities.
The first game of the 2018 season was played on February 22 between the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners. The game was won by the Angels, 5-4 in 11 innings. They will now go on to face the Texas Rangers in the opening game of the regular season on March 28th at Globe Life Park in Glendale, Arizona.
The most recent season took place from February 18 to April 1. After the 2017 season ended, the Chicago Cubs announced that they would no longer be playing games in Mesa, Arizona due to concerns over security after an attack on players and coaches by a former Cubs fan who had been diagnosed with mental illness. The team instead moved their camp to Goodyear, about 30 miles away, where they have continued to play through the winter months.
In 2015, the Cleveland Indians made headlines when they decided to move their spring training facility to Tampa, Florida.
Because of the epidemic, all spring training facilities that open will have drastically decreased capacity. The Mariners can accommodate 1,960 supporters every game, or 16% of the overall stadium capacity. In reserved seating sections, tickets will be offered in groups of one, two, three, or four. These are known as block books.
The Mariners announced on March 24, 2020 that they will not allow any more than 16 relatives members to attend any home game this season due to guidelines implemented by Major League Baseball and the Seattle/Tacoma area being a hot spot for the coronavirus outbreak. This number is based on the recommendation of medical professionals who feel that 10 people per household is the maximum amount anyone should be around others who are not family members during this time. Tickets sold outside of block books will be valid for use by those who qualify as related to a team member. Those who do not meet this definition but would like to attend a game with someone who does can contact the Mariners directly to see if any single-game tickets remain after the relative's purchase has been confirmed.
A limited number of vouchers will be available for sale at $1,000 each. These will be given out to those in need of assistance covering living expenses while waiting for health care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel to return to work. Vouchers cannot be traded or resold and must be redeemed by the end of the season.