We are less than two weeks away from the Angels’ first Cactus League game, and now we know just how many fans will be in the stands. The club announced on Monday that Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona will operate at 25-percent capacity.
The stadium normally holds 9,600 fans when full, though by following local and state guidelines plus MLB health and safety protocols, the Angels will allow between 1,800 and 2,000 fans per game.
“Tickets will be available in pods of two, four or six. Seating will be socially distanced and clearly marked,” the team said in a statement. “Appropriate face masks will be required for all fans over two years of age, except when actively eating and drinking in ticketed seating locations. A no-bag policy will be enforced to ensure fans can have a “no-touch” check-in process when entering the stadium.”
Angels spring tickets will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 23 at Angels.com, though registered users of the site can purchase tickets beginning Friday.
This is in line with the rest of the Cactus League this spring, selling tickets in pods at greatly reduced capacity, between 16 and 27 percent at the various stadiums in Arizona that have approved revised seating plans.
The Giants are hoping to sell between 750-,1000 tickets per game in Scottsdale. The Dodgers and White Sox are selling 2,400 seats for games at Camelback Ranch, for instance.
The Angels begin their spring schedule on the road in Scottsdale against the Giants on Sunday, Feb. 28, with their first home game in Tempe on March 1 against the White Sox.
The first workout for Angels pitchers and catchers is this Wednesday. Somehow spring training is here.