Spring training continues with standard schedule

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The White Sox are opening their spring training schedule at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, as they face off against the Milwaukee Brewers Feb 28.

The two teams, along with twelve of the thirteen other Cactus League teams, will be playing their first spring training game despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  Defending World Series Champion, Los Angeles Dodgers, are one of the twelve teams playing.

Tickets for some teams are sold out, but there is a waitlist on the league’s official website. It also offers the times of each game for the month. Tickets must be purchased online.

The ballpark usually seats up to 13,000 fans, but this year there will be far fewer in attendance. According to The Arizona Republic, each Cactus League ballpark will implement their own guidelines for capacity and social distancing. Camelback Ranch will allow a crowd of 2,460 fans, or 18% of the ballpark’s full capacity.

Seating will be socially distanced, and there will be hand sanitizer stations along the ballpark concourse. All fans 2-years-old and above will be required to wear a face mask to enter, noting that neck gaiters and bandanas will not be acceptable forms of face coverings. Other Cactus League ballparks will implement similar guidelines during their games.

The pandemic hit the MLB brutally last year, forcing them to cancel spring training midway through. The regular season was also delayed, shortened, and held without fans in attendance. According to CBS sports writer, RJ Anderson, guidelines similar to those followed during last year’s postseason will be implemented in Florida’s Grapefruit League as well.

“The Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, for example, will be limiting their crowds to 2,400 people apiece. Other teams figure to impose similar limitations as a means of generating some gate revenue,”Anderson said in a recent article. “Fans will have to buy tickets in ‘pods,’ alongside other family members or friends, and will have to remain socially distanced and masked unless they’re eating or drinking.”

Camelback Ranch has been the spring training home of the Dodgers and the White Sox since 2009, both of whom play in Arizona’s spring training Cactus League.

The park offers baseball games throughout most of the year. Extended spring training starts in March, followed by games from the Arizona Summer League, Instructional League, and Arizona Fall League.

For more information about spring training or ballpark’s COVID-19 restrictions, visit MLB’s official website.