The Dodgers are set to welcome approximately 15,000 fans at their home opener on Friday. That represents a 27 percent capacity even though they are approved for 33 percent under California’s tiered system. They limited it because they cannot account for 6-feet social distancing throughout the stadium.
But Dodgers President Stan Kasten is hopeful to have more fans in the very near future. In fact, Kasten noted in a press conference on Wednesday that he expects the Dodgers to be at full capacity by no later than June 15th.
That would mean the Dodgers could be able to welcome back all 55,000 fans by Summertime, which would be huge. Getting to pack out Chavez Ravine is something that has felt like a daydream since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kasten also noted that the Dodgers will continue to run the vaccination site at the stadium. However, the location will not operate on days that the team has a home game. In addition to the capacity, Kasten noted that the new centerfield plaza should be open to fans sometime between May 1 and June 15.
Fans attending Dodgers games early on in the season will not be given the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the stadium. As part of the plan to keep fans socially distanced and safe, they are generally required to stay in their seats unless using the restroom or visiting concession stands.
A return to normalcy is just around the corner, Dodgers fans.