|Yankees Stadium in the summer of 2019. Photo by Jason Schott.
Take us out to the ballgame! After a year without fans, there will be a crowd on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, announced on Thursday that they will open The Stadium at 20 percent capacity to start the 2021 regular season.
The Limited Capacity Games, as the team is terming it, are the first 11 home games of the regular season (from Thursday, April 1 through Wednesday, April 21). Only tickets in Ticket Pods for these games will be available for purchase.
Yankees season ticket licensees will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to Limited Capacity Games. On-sale dates and details for tickets that may be available for the general public will be announced shortly.
Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement, "The entire Yankees organization - and especially our players on the field - feed off the energy that our loyal and dedicated fans bring to Yankee Stadium. Our fans have made our home a preeminent worldwide attraction, and their excitement is the catalyst for the championship goals we set every season. We are thrilled to have them back in 2021 and promise them the highest standards for health and safety this season and beyond.
"We are heartened by the Governor's decision to allow us to begin the season at Yankee Stadium with a 20% capacity and offer our deep appreciation for his office's diligent work and guidance. This will be a very special year in the Bronx, and we will continue to work together with the State of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York, Major League Baseball, and other health and safety experts to utilize the best and most responsible practices in our facility. We are fully committed to providing a world-class experience at Yankee Stadium in every respect."
The Yankees, based on improving public health conditions, hope to increase capacity and eliminate Covid testing to enter The Stadium by early May. At minimum, they are hopeful that testing requirements can be eased by mid-May.
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.