|Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning. Provided by New York Yankees.|
Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is this Thursday, and the Yankees released information on what you can expect if you are one of the lucky ones in attendance.
Yankee Stadium is allowed to operate at 20 percent capacity to start the season, with fans seated in "pods" separated by empty seats. Covid-related signage will be posted throughout the Stadium, including on hundreds of televisions on all concourse levels. hand sanitizer dispensers will be located in all publicly trafficked locations.
|What concession stands will look like Thursday. Provided by New York Yankees.|
Fans should visit www.yankees.com/updates for all need-to-know information prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, including policies related to entrance requirements, including testing/verification prior to entry, mask usage, and social-distancing guidelines, as well as permitted activities while at the game.
The other major news the Yankees announced on Tuesday is that Yankee Stadium will continue to operate as a vaccination site until at least April 30. The vaccination site will be open on Wednesday, March 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. When the Yankees season commences on Thursday, the hours will be 8:00 a.m. to noon on the mornings of night games, and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all days when the team is on the road or not playing.
The only dates through April 30 in which vaccines will not be administered at The Stadium are those with scheduled home games for the Yankees (April 1, 3, 4, 17, 18) and NYCFC soccer (4/24).
The site began operating on February 5, and was established by a partnership between New York State, New York City, the New York Yankees, SOMOS Community Care, and the New York National Guard. By Opening Day, the Yankees anticipate to have administered more than 80,000 doses of vaccine to more than 52,000 people, including approximately 38,000 people receiving the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 14,000 receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be the one all new recipients will receive until the end of April. Pfizer recipients who require a second dose will continue to receive them at The Stadium through mid-April.
Appointments, which are available for qualifying Bronx residents only, may be scheduled through www.somosvaccinations.com.
Below is the complete information for those attending Yankees games in April, which was previously posted on March 18:
|Putting the finishing touches on the field ahead of Opening Day. Provided by New York Yankees.|
YANKEE STADIUM HEALTH & SAFETY IN 2021 (provided by the New York Yankees)
COVID-19 TESTING / PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
To begin the season, each Guest in attendance will be required to take a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test with negative results or provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. More information will be posted shortly on COVID-19 testing and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Each Guest in attendance will be required to complete temperature checks on each game day in order to gain entry.
FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS
All Guests two (2) years and older, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while visiting Yankee Stadium except when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats. Facial shields without an accompanying facial covering will not be permitted.
To begin the season, attendance for select games will be limited to 20% of the capacity of Yankee Stadium. Accordingly, we will be selling a limited number of tickets in specified temporary seating locations (“Ticket Pod(s)”) to select home games (“Limited Capacity Games”) in an effort to maintain New York State’s physical distancing requirements. Seating will be sold in Tickets Pods that range in size from one (1) to eight (8) Guests. The majority of the Ticket Pods will be two (2) to four (4) Guests in size.
Due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic, contactless technology will be implemented in many aspects of the Yankee Stadium experience. As such, all tickets will be delivered digitally/mobile-only and available on the Guests’ mobile devices via the MLB Ballpark app. No paper tickets will be issued.
To reduce and avoid contact between cash and food/retail handling, all Yankee Stadium retail food and beverage locations will be cashless and will only accept credit/debit cards, advanced purchases, and touchless payments. Additionally, mobile ordering and pick up through Uber Eats will be available at select stands on the Field and Main Levels. For Guests who wish to pay with cash, cash conversion stations (e.g., reverse ATM machines) will be available at four locations throughout Yankee Stadium issuing no-fee, prepaid debit cards starting at $1 minimum denomination. The prepaid debit card can be used at any food or retail location inside the Stadium. Any remaining funds left on the prepaid debit card can be used anywhere that Mastercard is accepted.