Dodgers’ Stan Kasten optimistic team can host fans at games in 2021

In a video message to season-ticket holders, Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten expressed optimism that fans will be able to attend games at Dodger Stadium this season – perhaps as early as Opening Day.

“We’re going to start in spring training. … We’re going to start selling tickets to our games,” Kasten said in the video. “We’re going to have about 2,000 people at a game in Arizona. We don’t know yet how many we are going to have here in California, but we are working with local health officials, we’re working with the governor’s office.”

None of the NBA or NHL teams located in California have been allowed to sell tickets for fans to attend their home games this season. The state of California currently requires a county to be in the orange tier, reflecting a moderate spread of the coronavirus, before teams could sell a limited number of tickets to events. Los Angeles County is currently in the purple tier – two tiers above orange.

“I think – I hope, by Opening Day – we are finally going to have some fans in the park,” Kasten said in the video. “I don’t think it will be a full stadium just yet. But I do believe sometime during this season, the way things are looking, we will have a full stadium again.

“So it’s going to happen. We don’t know how quickly. But it’s going to happen.”

Tickets for the Dodgers’ 13 Cactus League home games at Camelback Ranch in Arizona go on sale Saturday morning. The Dodgers are selling up to 2,400 tickets in pods of two, four or six for each game. That represents less than 20% of capacity at their Arizona home. Twenty percent capacity at Dodger Stadium would mean approximately 11,000 tickets would be available.

The Dodgers are scheduled to host Freeway Series games against the Angels on March 29 and 30 at Dodger Stadium. They open the regular season on the road – starting April 1 in Colorado – with their home opener scheduled for April 9 against the Washington Nationals.

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