Apr. 1—As the first day of Major League Baseball's 2021 season kicked off Thursday, the Atlanta Braves announced they would open half the seats at their stadium, Truist Park, later this month — at least one week ahead of the reopening schedule they had detailed just last week.
The Braves are set to expand their capacity to 50% for their second homestand, which begins April 23, with a three-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks followed by a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
"After reviewing our seating pods, we feel expanding capacity to 50% will still allow for our fans to be safely distanced from other seating pods," Braves president and CEO Derek Schiller said in a release. "As we previously mentioned we will review seating and make any necessary changes as the season progresses."
Last week, Braves Development Company CEO Mike Plant told Cobb commissioners the stadium would have a phased reopening starting at one-third capacity in April and half capacity in May. The team hopes to open all 41,084 seats at Truist Park in June, ahead of this year's All-Star game, which the team is set to host.
The change in capacity will not change the health and safety measures which are in place at Truist Park for the 2021 season, which includes wearing a mask when not actively eating or drinking. Braves games will also feature a contactless experience with mobile ticketing and ordering and there will be enhanced sanitization throughout the ballpark.
The Braves opened the season Thursday with a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on the road.The team returns to Atlanta for its home opener April 9 also against the Phillies at 7:20 p.m.
For a complete list of what to expect at Truist Park in 2021, fans can get additional information at www.braves.com/letsplay.