With the recent news of so many players returning off the injured list, the streak of positive press releases continued yesterday when the Milwaukee Brewers announced that they will allow full fan capacity at home games starting Friday, June 25.
The news comes only two days after the Brewers and president of business operations, Rick Schlesinger announced they would up fan attendance to 50% from the previous 25% that was in place before. The Brewers have been in close contact with the city of Milwaukee and with the recent news of the city lifting its limits on gatherings and softening the mask-wearing mandate beginning June 15, the Brewers decided it was time to fully open their stadium in just over a month.
The Brewers returning to 100% capacity at the ballpark signals we’re closer to a return to normal.
In relation to teams around the MLB and their restrictions, the Brewers have been quite progressive. As it sits now, only three other teams (Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers) are allowing full capacity while Milwaukee is currently one of four teams to move to 50% or above. 19 games are slated to take place at 50% before moving to 100% on June 25, which is the start of a six-game homestand.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell had this to say about the move to full capacity:
"“It’s kind of cool how we’re doing it (phasing fans back in). You’re just getting a little bit extra every time. I know for all players when you put the full stadium together, even when you put 25,000 people in a stadium where there hasn’t been that for the last year-and-a-half, it’s going to feel different. It’s going to be a little extra kick for everybody. We all appreciate that. We all want that. We all need that. We love it. That’s one of the best parts about what we do, is having that feeling.”"
There will still be rules in place to ensure the safety of fans including the expectation of spectators to wear masks when not eating or drinking and walking vendors will not yet return to the seating bowl. Also, two loge-level sections will continue to be set aside with six-foot distancing between pods even when the venue moves to full capacity.
With the increased capacity, the Brewers will also have more giveaways, including the return of bobblehead days. With limited capacities so far, the Brewers haven’t had much in the way of all-fan giveaways, which is something many have missed just as much as being at the ballpark.
Tickets for those full capacity games will go on sale on June 4th at 10 AM, while tickets for the games from May 31st to June 16th that are still at 50% capacity will go on sale on May 22nd at 10 AM.
We seem to be inching closer and closer to normalcy and this announcement is a testament to the diligence of the people of Milwaukee and people of Wisconsin as a whole. I cannot wait to hear the newly-named American Family Field rocking at full capacity come June 25.