Royals welcome 100% capacity for first time since pandemic


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals welcomed full capacity for the first time since the pandemic began Monday, opening a homestand with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The team said 12,604 fans were in attendance, which is about one-third Kauffman Stadium’s capacity.

Most recently, capacity was capped at 45% due to COVID-19.

“I think it means a lot more to the fans, and a lot more to the players,” fan Brandon Merriman said.  “It gives a lot more energy to the stadium.”

The Outfield Experience and Hall of Fame are now back open, as well.

“I think it took way too much longer than it should’ve,” fan Alec Johnson said.

Those vaccinated could go without a mask inside the stadium, while it was still strongly encouraged for those who aren’t.

For some, COVID-19 is still in the back of their mind.

“I do have a little bit of concern,” Sarah Abney said.  “I think that everyone should be still monitoring their safety, and I think that COVID has changed us a little bit.”

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