The number of spectators for the 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League will be increased to 50% in the metropolitan area and 70% in the non-metropolitan area starting on July 1st.
The KBO (President Jeong Ji-taek) secretariat announced on the 28th that the number of visitors to the baseball field will be expanded from July 1 in accordance with the government’s reorganization of social distancing.
Spectators can enter up to 70% of the capacity in the first stage area, 50% in the second stage, and 30% in the third stage. Stage 4 matches are played without spectators. However, the Gocheok Sky Dome, the only domed stadium in Korea, allows spectators to enter up to 60% of the 1st stage, 40% of the 2nd stage, and 20% of the 3rd stage.
The spectator ratio for each stadium is applied according to the regional distancing steps announced by the quarantine authorities. The regional distancing phase announced on the 27th will start on July 1 with the second phase in the metropolitan area and the first phase in the non-metropolitan area.
Currently, the KBO League’s spectator admission rate is 50% for the 1.5 stage area and 30% for the 2nd stage. When the new distance stage is applied, the spectator capacity for each stadium will be sequentially adjusted for each club.
The KBO Secretariat said, “As the audience entry rate expands, we will focus our efforts on thorough quarantine management, such as observing social distancing and deploying guidance and security personnel, so that spectators can watch the KBO League comfortably and safely.”
He added, “The KBO League plans to repay the audience with more exciting games to support and recharge the vitality of the people who are complaining of a lot of fatigue due to the prolonged Corona 19 virus infection.”
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