Bay Area baseball teams preparing to welcome back fans

"Last year we only had cardboard cut outs. To have real fans back, our players are fired up. It's going to be a great moment for the East Bay."

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KATE LARSEN: Oracle Park is empty now, but that's expected to change.

EFREN SANTOS-CUCALON: It's been a year.

KATE LARSEN: Giant season ticket holders Efren Santos-Cucalon and Ann Jones were elated to learn that starting April 1, right on time for baseball season, fans will be allowed back in outdoor stadiums if COVID cases continue to fall.

ANN JONES: Take me out to the ballpark.

KATE LARSEN: Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

EFREN SANTOS-CUCALON: Exactly. A beer, a dog, sun, action. You can't get any better than that.

DAVE KAVAL: Last year, we only had cardboard cutouts. To have real fans back, our players are fired up. It's going to be a great moment for the East Bay.

KATE LARSEN: Oakland A's president Dave Kaval explained how they plan to keep fans and staff safe.

DAVE KAVAL: We're adhering to the state guidelines-- keeping people in pods of two or four; obviously, mandatory mask wearing, everyone in the stadium. Concessions will be delivered to your actual location. We have a testing program for our game day staff to ensure they're safe.

KATE LARSEN: How are A's going to open to the fans while also running a vaccine site in the parking lot?

DAVE KAVAL: So the two can operate at the same time. In the North Lot is the vaccination site. In the South Lot is parking for the actual games. And the two can actually coexist in a meaningful way.

KATE LARSEN: Here's our capacity as it relates to COVID cases will work. Counties in the red tier can play to a capacity of 20%. In the orange tier, 33%. And in the yellow tier, 67%.

Right now, San Francisco is in the red tier. Alameda County is still in the purple tier.

GEORGE RUTHERFORD: We're pushing maybe as high as 40% of people are immune in the state right now, and that's only going to accumulate as we vaccinate more and more and more people.

KATE LARSEN: Giants CEO Larry Baer told me this week that he hopes baseball will be a force for good.

LARRY BAER: We just look forward to everybody healing and being baseball-- being a part of that healing.

KATE LARSEN: So play ball. Kate Larsen, "ABC 7 News."