COVID-19 One Year Later - 03/14/21 - Segment 3
BROOKE KATZ: The Texas Rangers announced their plan to let fans into Globe Life Field this season. Their new stadium will open at full capacity for two exhibition games and the home opener. Caroline Vandergriff talked to Arlington's mayor about doing that safely.
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CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: In 2020, the Texas Rangers played for cardboard fans. But for this year's home opener, more than 40,000 people could fill the stadium.
JEFF WILLIAMS: What an opportunity we have. It's been very difficult time going through the pandemic. And now we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: The Rangers are on track to become the first team in any major US sports league to have a full capacity crowd since COVID-19 began impacting every facet of life last year. Do you feel confident at this point that it's not too early to be doing that in terms of where we're at in the pandemic?
JEFF WILLIAMS: Well, based on the experience that we've had, we successfully hosted the World Series and the National Finals Rodeo. We're not just opening it up at 100% with no, we continually will be using guidelines.
CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: The Rangers are requiring all fans to wear masks. Even though the statewide mask mandate ended, the governor also lifted restrictions on large gatherings.
JOSEPH CHANG: Staying safe today is no different than what staying safe yesterday meant.
CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Health officials encourage people to continue to take the precautions that have helped COVID-19 case numbers drop.
JOSEPH CHANG: Because if one of these variants, if some new variant gets into our community and starts spreading like wildfire again, then we really aren't at the end yet. And that's a consequence I don't think any of us wants to see.
CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says the city and the team is keeping a close watch on the virus.
JEFF WILLIAMS: We are looking forward to once again having successful events and returning closer to normal. But we are prepared there to react and scale back if we need to.
CAROLINE VANDERGRIFF: Caroline Vandergriff CBS 11 News.
BROOKE KATZ: As an additional safety measure, the roof of Globe Life Field will be kept open during the games whenever weather allows. The Rangers are also banning tailgating. After the home opener, some sections of the ballpark will have socially distanced seating available in pods of two or four. Two months from now, the PGA TOUR will be at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. That is the new home of the AT&T Byron Nelson. And on Wednesday, they announced they will allow 10,000 fans per day on the course during the tournament.
JON DRAGO: First, we certainly wish that we could have everybody out, but we realize that that's not something that we can do right now. But we are taking several precautions. Masks will be required throughout the property.
JEFF WALTER: Now that we have a plan in place and attendance, limited attendance approved, we're blowing and going and starting to get ready.
BROOKE KATZ: Over at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, tournament officials have said they're hopeful of hosting 5,000 people a day at Colonial Country Club. I'll be back with a final thought next on "To the Point."