NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Baseball fans are back at Citi Field on Thursday for the first time since 2019 for the Mets home opener against Miami.
COVID protocols are in place and capacity is capped at 20%, or just under 9,000 fans, for the 1:10 p.m. game which is sold out, CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported.
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Fans must display proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within the past three days to get into the ballpark. The team is offering immediate testing for $30, if needed.
Paper tickets are not accepted, only digital tickets via the MLB Ballpark app. Everyone older than two must wear a mask at all times, unless they’re eating.
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“I didn’t know how much I missed it until I wasn’t there,” one fan said.
“You can’t see, but I’m smiling from ear to ear,” said another.
“This place, to me, is extremely special,” said Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. “I love playing in front of Mets fans, and we have such an incredible fan base and I know they’re going to make a lot of noise today.”
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The Mets said players would be vaccinated after the game and the team expects to reach the league’s 85% vaccination threshold for relaxed COVID protocols.