NY Yankees Unveil Home Opener Safety Protocols

For the first time in nearly two years the Yankees are welcoming fans back to the Stadium. But Thursday’s home opener will be a lot different than you remember pre-COVID-19. CBS2's Andrea Grymes reports.

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- For the first time in nearly two years, the Yankees are welcoming fans back to the stadium.

- But Thursday's home opener against the Blue Jays will be a lot different than before. CBS 2's Andrea Grymes takes a look at the new protocols.

DEVIN GARNER: --super excited about it. I feel like it's-- New York needed that.

ANDREA GRYMES: Friends and fans Devin Garner and Nick Watkin took pictures outside their beloved Yankee Stadium, thrilled this season they can finally return to watching games in person. Granted, in our COVID world, the experience won't be exactly the same.

NICK WATKIN: I was gonna try and go on Thursday, but work wouldn't allow me, so I'm probably gonna go this weekend.

NICK WATKIN: If I can see my Yankees, I don't really care what the precautions are. Whatever you need me to do, Yankee organization, I will do. If you need me to wear gloves the whole game, I'll wear gloves.

ANDREA GRYMES: Gloves are not required, but social distancing and masks are come Thursday's home opener, when fans are allowed back for the first time since the 2019 season. The team is allowed a maximum capacity of 20%, or 10,850 fans. They'll sit in pods of mostly two to four people with pods separated by 6 feet.

DOUG BEHAR: And we're very excited to have our fans back in the stadium. The experience, of course, will be a little bit different. We encourage all fans to get here early.

ANDREA GRYMES: The team says fans are required to either show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours to get inside. No vendors will be in the stands, but concessions will be open with a new cashless-only system. They'll have special card machines for fans who need them. Meantime, the stadium will continue to be used as a COVID vaccination site through at least the end of April, except when the team is home for a day game.

As for ticket prices, the team says if you buy directly from them, pricing is similar to previous years. We found tickets on the Yankee website for the home opener earlier for $40. At Yankee Stadium, Andrea Grymes, CBS 2 News.

- That's a pretty good deal. And we expect to hear more about the new protocols for Citi Field ahead of next week, rather, ahead of the Mets' home opener.