Fans haven’t been allowed at MLB games all season, but the league is planning to change that for the final two rounds of the postseason in Arlington, Texas. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that it will sell around 11,500 tickets — just under 30% capacity — to the games being held at the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field.
Tickets will go on sale to Rangers season ticket holders this Friday and subscribers on Monday, with others allocated to MLB and players. According an AP report, tickets will be priced from $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series, pretty reasonable rates when you consider Wrigley rooftop seats were going for at least $200 this year.
There will be 10,550 seats sold in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites, all of which will be arranged in “pods” of four contiguous seats. Pods will be distanced by at least 6 feet in a checkerboard pattern, alternating seats in the middle or at the ends of rows.
Fans will not be allowed at the lowest level, which is reserved for MLB’s Tier 1 personnel, and no seats will be sold in the first six rows within 20 feet of the field, dugouts, or bullpen. Masks will be mandatory for fans unless eating or drinking, and all concessions and parking fees will be cashless. Cue the conspiracy theories.
The NLCS is scheduled to take place over seven consecutive days, from October 12-18, if needed. The World Series could run from October 20-28, but would still have traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6.