The Rangers will return to full fan capacity at Globe Life Field on Opening Day, according to MLB.com's Kennedi Landry. The Rangers will also allow fans in their final two exhibitions at the end of Spring Training against the Brewers.
The full capacity of Globe Life Field is 40,518 fans and there will be plans in place to have socially distanced sections and masks will be required.
In a release, the team announced that fans will be allowed to return and that all tickets must be accessed digitally, there will be cashless parking, no fan shuttles and no tailgating will be allowed. Globe Life Field staff will complete deep-cleaning of spaces during the game and no player autographs will be available, according to the release.
No fans who have tested positive for COVID-19, who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who contracted the virus will be allowed to enter the stadium.
On March 2, Texas governor Greg Abbott issued several executive orders to reopen the state of Texas. One of those orders was the removal of the state-wide mask mandate.
The Rangers are now the first MLB team to return to full capacity since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. No other Texas sports team, including the Astros, has made changes to its COVID-19 protocols after the reopening of Texas.
The Rangers will host the Blue Jays in front of a full crowd at 4:05 p.m. ET on April 5.