MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Baseball will be back in South Florida in just a few weeks.
When the Miami Marlins kick off the new season in just a few weeks, there will be new health and safety protocols in place at Marlins Park.READ MORE: Tractor Trailer Fiery Crash Shut Down SR 112/Airport Expressway For Hours
The team will allow fans inside Marlins Park for games but will initially limit capacity to about 25 percent. That would mean a maximum of about 9,300 spectators in the 37,446-seat ballpark. They hope to increase that throughout the season.
The team’s home opener will be April 1st against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I couldn’t be more excited. We couldn’t be in a better position in terms of our readiness to get everyone in here, keep them safe, and make sure it’s a fun enterainment experience,” said Chief revnue officer Adam Jones.
The Marlins have partnered with RB, the makers of Lysol, to enhance disinfection and cleaning measures. High-touch surfaces and objects will be regularly disinfected. There will be hand sanitizer locations throughout the park. A drone will be used to disinfect seats between games.
They will also have a contactless, mobile payment system at all Marlins Park garages.READ MORE: Hollywood Police Involved Shooting, One Man In Custody
All tickets will be digital and can be purchased in the MLB Ballpark app. Fans will receive a time and gate location to enter the ballpark, which will be listed on each game ticket. Fans are asked to arrive in groups of two to five and they will have their own pod to sit in to enjoy the game.
“The seating pods are primarily there to keep a safe distance from other ticketed groups,” said Mike Shaw, the team’s ead of experience and innovation.
Bags will not be permitted inside the park unless for medical or infant purposes. Also, fans won’t be able to bring in any food.
Food and drinks will be sold at select locations and fans will have the option to avoid waiting in line with mobile ordering for pick-up. All eating and drinking should be done in the fans’ assigned seats.
Guests are encouraged to pay electronically (debit, credit, Apple Pay, etc.) at all concession and retail locations.
Face coverings will be required for those ages two and older and may only be temporarily removed when actively eating or drinking.MORE NEWS: Zoo Miami Helps Discover A Brand New Spider Species In Miami
Signs and floor markers will remind people to stay six feet apart.