South Korea’s Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) welcomed fans back to stadiums at 10 percent capacity this week, nearly three months after the start of the season, reports said.
The South Korean government on Sunday, July 24, gave the green light to baseball teams awaiting the return of fans to the stands.
KBO games had begun May 5, but fans were not permitted to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, the league’s 10 teams had played before dolls, stuffed animals, and pictures of fans, according to media reports.
On Sunday, three stadiums, including the Jamsil Baseball Stadium and the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, and KT Wiz Park in Suwon, opened their doors to visitors.
This video, taken at the July 28 game between the LG Twins and SK Wyverns, shows fans wearing face masks separated by several seats in the Happy Dream Park in Incheon.
Fans are required to have their temperatures taken at the entrance and to register their attendance to allow contact-tracing, should an outbreak occur. All fans must wear face masks and are asked to minimize their chanting. Stadiums will not serve concessions, reports said.
Unlike the US’s Major League Baseball, which shortened its schedule from 162 games to 60 games, the KBO planned on abiding by its full 144-game calendar, with no pay cuts for players, the Korea Herald reported. Credit: @www_nanazip_com via Storyful