The upcoming 2021 MLB season is approaching and there’s some optimism that even though this season might not be perfect, it will be closer to normalcy than the shortened 2020 season was. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the league cut their season down to 60 games, and hosted a majority of the postseason at neutral sites.

The league currently plans to have a full 162-game season in 2021, and is hopeful there could be fans in the stands as early as Spring Training. There is still work to be done as there is no agreement between the league and the Players Association yet regarding formal health and safety protocols for Spring Training or the 2021 regular season among other topics such as the use of a universal DH and expanded playoffs. As of now, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred plans for the league to start Spring Training on Feb. 17th and Opening Day on April 1st, but has discussed the possibility of delaying the season due to the surge in Coronavirus cases across the country.

This blog will track which MLB teams will allow fans in 2021 and how many fans will be allowed. We’ll update it regularly as league protocols are updated, and hopefully, fans are able to attend games with a normal, pre-Covid capacity once the promising vaccines have helped get the country on a safer path.

How Will MLB Seating Work Under Reduced Capacity?

The league has not yet confirmed that teams will be allowed to have fans in attendance, nor have they confirmed health and safety protocols if they’re allowed to. Based on what we’ve seen with the NFL and NBA, if fans are allowed to attend MLB games this year in a reduced capacity they may implement pod seating. Pods are socially-distanced and safe limited groups of fans that will only be sitting with the ones they came with. Pods are generally sold in groups of 2,4,6, or 8, but ultimately each team and their venue will have their own policies to adhere to local and state government mandates.

Pods cannot be split up to accommodate groups of people who did not come to the game together, and fans will not be at risk of coming into contact with other pods while in their seats at the game.

How Can Fans Get MLB Tickets This Season?

While it’s yet to be confirmed what the fan capacities will be for MLB teams in 2021, it’s presumed that season ticket holders will have first rights to their normal seats if they choose to renew their season ticket packages. We’d imagine that it will operate similarly to the NFL, where fans with season tickets had the right to opt into their seats for the upcoming season or defer them to the following season.

Should that model be the case for the MLB, there’s the opportunity for plenty more seats to be available to the general public during the teams’ on sales.

MLB Teams and Their Fan Capacities

TeamVenue NameArena CapacityIs the Team Allowing Fans?How many? (capacity)
Arizona DiamondbacksChase Field48,686Not Yet
Atlanta BravesTruist Park41,084Not Yet
Baltimore OriolesOriole Park at Camden Yards45,971Not Yet
Boston Red SoxFenway Park37,755Not Yet
Chicago CubsWrigley Field41,649Not Yet
Chicago White SoxGuaranteed Rate Field40,615Not Yet
Cincinnati RedsGreat American Ballpark42,319Not Yet
Cleveland IndiansProgressive Field35,041Not Yet
Colorado RockiesCoors Field50,445Not Yet
Detroit TigersComerica Park41,083Not Yet
Houston AstrosMinute Maid Park41,168Not Yet
Kansas City RoyalsKauffman Stadium37,903Not Yet
Los Angeles AngelsAngel Stadium45,517Not Yet
Los Angeles DodgersDodger Stadium56,000Not Yet
Miami MarlinsLoanDepot Park36,472Not Yet
Milwaukee BrewersAmerican Family Field41,900Not Yet
Minnesota TwinsTarget Field38,544Not Yet
New York MetsCiti Field41,922Not Yet
New York YankeesYankee Stadium47,309Not Yet
Oakland AthleticsOakland Coliseum46,847Not Yet
Philadelphia PhilliesCitizens Bank Park42,792Not Yet
Pittsburgh PiratesPNC Park38,747Not Yet
San Diego PadresPetco Park40,209Not Yet
San Francisco GiantsOracle Park41,265Not Yet
Seattle MarinersT-Mobile Park47,929Not Yet
St. Louis CardinalsBusch Stadium45,494Not Yet
Tampa Bay RaysTropicana Field25,000Not Yet
Texas RangersGlobe Life Field40,300Not Yet
Toronto Blue JaysRogers Centre49,282Not Yet
Washington NationalsNationals Park41,339Not Yet
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