Visiting Camelback Ranch during Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training historically provides fans the chance to get an up-close look at players as they prepare for a new season and the setting also makes for a great opportunity to receive autographs.
However, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in sweeping changes being implemented. Most notably is the backfields at Camelback Ranch being closed off to fans while the Dodgers hold their morning workouts.
While a disappointing development, a limited number of fans are permitted to attend Cactus League games. The Dodgers got to play in front of a live crowd during last year’s National League Championship Series and World Series, but otherwise went the entire season treated to only card cutouts and pipe-in noise.
The Dodgers announced a maximum capacity of 2,400 socially-distanced fans would be permitted per Spring Training game this year, and all tickets sold out in less than two hours.
Tickets were sold on a single-game basis in pods of two, four and six. Seats were reserved, including lawn tickets, and each pod is a minimum of six feet from each other. In addition to capping attendance at 18% of full capacity, Camelback Ranch is committed to adhering to local, state and MLB health and safety protocols this spring.
The Dodgers are playing 14 of their 26 Cactus League games at Camelback Ranch, with 13 of those coming as the designated home team.
Camelback Ranch safety protocols
In addition to not permitting fans to attend workouts, protocols at Camelback Ranch require social distancing at all times, appropriate masks (neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves not approved) to be worn at all times unless eating or drinking in ticketed seats.
Concessions and retail will be cashless and contactless, and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the ballpark. No bags will be permitted except those for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children.
Furthermore, no outside food or drink will be permitted except for one unopened bottle of water per person, sized one liter or smaller. There also is a ban on tailgating this year.
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