On Tuesday, MLB announced it had reached an agreement with its players to start the 2020 season in late July. Even as details have come out regarding the abbreviated 60-game season, there are still numerous questions about how the season will play out, particularly as it relates to the issue of allowing fans into the stadium.
In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane was optimistic about the prospect of allowing fans to attend home games at Minute Maid Park.
Crane said the team will consult with Governor Greg Abbott as well as local city and county health department officials, but he said, “The intent is at some point to get the fans into the ballpark.”
Astros Owner Jim Crane on if fans will be allowed in Minute Maid Park: “That’s the plan. We still have to go through the player protocol. We’re still focused on that. I think the intent at some point is to get the fans in the ballpark.”
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) June 24, 2020
The Astros owner also spoke about lost revenues his and other MLB teams are experiencing due to the sports shutdown. He said the Astros would lose tens of millions and “the only thing we have that can counter that is to get some people into the building and sell some tickets and some merchandise and some cold beer or whatever they let us have.”
Astros owner Jim Crane said the “only thing we have to do that can counter” the team’s revenue losses “is get some people in the building and sell some tickets, some merchandise, some cold beer, whatever they’d like to have.”
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 24, 2020
During an interview with KTVT, Governor Greg Abbott said, “We look forward to working with the teams, and to find out their strategies to make sure that they will be able to open their stadiums up safely. Know this, and that is, if those teams could not make the case to the public that their stadiums will be safe, the public will not show up, so I feel confident we will find safe ways to open up the stadiums and have fans in stands, watching Major League Baseball.”
It’s unclear at this time if MLB will have its own leaguewide policy for allowing fans to attend games.
The 2020 MLB season is slated to start July 23 or 24.
If fans are allowed to attend games and you’re interested in going, make sure you check out our guide for tips to get cheap Astros tickets.