One of the unknown issues for the 2021 season has been how many fans will be allowed into stadiums across the leagues and, arguably more importantly, how quickly those numbers could change as the season progresses and the rollout of several COVID-19 vaccines continues.
So far, many of these decisions have been pretty regional with some stadiums having very limited seating while others have virtually no restrictions at all. The Braves, as an example, had previously announced that they would be going with 1⁄3 capacity for their home games at Truist Park to start the season with enhanced health protocols and sanitation throughout the park including pod seating.
It appears that the Braves are now confident enough to increase that number for the team’s second homestand.
This certainly points to the Braves being somewhat aggressive and flexible with their seating plans this year. In the team’s statement, President and CEO Derek Schiller had this to say on the new plans:
It will be curious to see how the new pod seating arrangement will look and play out this season and, again...as vaccinations continue to rise, how long it will be before we see fewer and fewer restrictions on the number of fans in Truist Park. The team will continue to ask fans to wear masks when they aren’t eating or drinking and will provide sanitation throughout Truist.