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D-backs expanding capacity at Chase Field ahead of home opener

The D-backs will be expanding capacity ahead of the season opener on April 9 from about 12,000 fans to 20,000 fans.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers play in an empty Chase Field during the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks' home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they are expanding the capacity at Chase Field for the start of the season from about 12,000 fans to 20,000 fans.

The home opener sold out on March 25 after tickets were released, but now new tickets are expected to go on sale on Friday, April 2 at 9 a.m.

The D-backs are starting the season on the road in San Diego and then Colorado before returning for their first home series on April 9 against the Cincinnati Reds.

A three-page memorandum from Major League Baseball and the players’ association sent to players and staff on Monday and obtained by The Associated Press also stated “all players and staff are strongly encouraged to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines when eligible."

After 85% of on-field personnel are vaccinated, the MLB plans to relax COVID-19 guidelines for clubs.

Once the 85% threshold is reached, fully vaccinated players and staff would be able to eat and drink on flights. They would be able to gather in indoor spaces such as hotels without masks or social distancing as long as non-vaccinated people aren’t present, and they would be able to carpool or use Uber or Lyft. The relaxation would not apply to gatherings in group facilities at ballparks, such as clubhouses.

Fully vaccinated people who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 would not have to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms.

Many MLB players are expected to receive vaccinations when they return home from their spring training sites this week.