Lansing sports teams prepare for limited attendance in 2021 season

The newly christened Jackson Field won’t be at 100% capacity when the Lansing Lugnuts play their home and season opener on May 4. But the Michigan health department’s latest orders help pave the way for at least some fans to attend their games.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it’ll allow 20% capacity at outdoor venues. In addition, those venues must:

  • Limit gathered groups to six people
  • Stagger entrances and exits
  • Enforce wearing masks whenever a person isn’t eating or drinking
  • Collect contact information from each person for contact tracing purposes

It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing. 

“If this is what we have to do in order to have fans and play baseball, then this is what we shall do,” said Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the Lugnuts’ radio broadcaster, who also handles the team’s media relations.