Mets home opener: Fans return to Citi Field Thursday for first time since 2019


QUEENS — It’s a sign of some semblance of normalcy as Citi Field welcomes fans back Thursday for the Mets’ highly anticipated home opener.

The big game comes after the Mets’ season-opening series against the Washington Nationals was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Nationals.

Thursday’s home opener starts at 1:10 p.m. with the Mets taking on the Miami Marlins, and the weather is expected to be perfect.

Capacity at the stadium will be kept to 20%, or 8,384 seats of the of the ball park’s nearly 42,000. Seats will be spaced out and sold in pods.

Safety measures start with fan temperature checks and documentation showing either proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Check out PIX11 Sports Nation

Fans will have to provide proof of either a negative PCR test within 72 hours or a negative antigen test within six hours of game time.

Masks will be required, except when eating or drinking, and while concessions will be open, transactions for retail, food and drinks will be cashless.

Both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium announced earlier in March that their stadiums would allow fans back in the stands for their 2021 home openers.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Queens Videos

Sikh community in Queens hold vigil for victims of Indianapolis FedEx shooting

One-on-one with NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison

Ex-NYPD officer denies hiring hitman to kill ex-husband

NYPD defends use of no-knock warrants

Students at Queens charter school take home top honors in NY virtual robotics competition

Virtual Queens ‘Jobs Recruitment Fair’ is back on Thursday, April 15

More Queens

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter