SF Giants fans 'feel safer' in new vaccinated-only sections

"That's the perfect spot for us." Proof of vaccination can now get you a designated seat, in a separate section, at Giants games at Oracle Park.

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- And proof of vaccination can now get you a designated seat in a separate section at Giants games at Oracle Park. ABC 7 News reporter Kate Larsen is part of our ABC 7 vaccine team. She was at tonight's game and spoke with fans in one of the park's first vaccine-only areas.

- The more fans, the better. This is a safe place.

KATE LARSEN: Vaccinated or not, Giants fans feel like they're winning.

- Even though people are sectioned off, it's great. It's great being here.

KATE LARSEN: Like so many things during the pandemic, Thursday night's game was a first for two different types of baseball tickets in either a vaccinated-only section or socially distanced pod section, which are limited to two or four people. Giants president and CEO Larry Baer expects the new vaccine sections will allow them to increase capacity.

LARRY BAER: You could sit with others and it-- and it could be an unlimited number of others in a vaccinated section. So it allows us to have groups, all the groups that want to come back to the ballpark.

KATE LARSEN: Their hopes the vaccinated groups who can sit together without zip tied seats separating them will allow Oracle to go from about 25% capacity to 50% capacity in May.

LARRY BAER: We're going to get to that through a mix of socially distanced sections and vaccine sections, and we'll see what the demand is for each.

KATE LARSEN: So we walked all the way around the ballpark, and we finally found one of tonight's vaccine sections, 145 here in the bleachers.

Did you know you were in the vaccine section?

- Yeah, I didn't really know what that meant. I thought it's probably safer. Everyone's got the vaccine.

- We were all vaccinated. And so when we wanted to go to the game, they had a vaccine section. And we said, let's do it. That's the perfect spot for us.

KATE LARSEN: Why was this vaccine section appealing to you?

- We had a group of five, and it was the only way for us to all be able to sit together.

KATE LARSEN: UCSF's Dr. Monica Gandhi approves of vaccine sections in privately owned spaces.

MONICA GHANDI: You get to go back to life as we knew it, and I think that could be really motivating for people to uptake vaccines.

KATE LARSEN: And if you don't have a vaccine, you can still go to a Giant's game. You just have to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours. Kate Larsen, ABC 7 News.