OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Sporting events have been a little different this year, with many being canceled or televised only.
But on Friday night, Werner Park invited fans back into the stadium. Four teams of the Corn Belt Summer Collegiate Baseball League will face off starting at 6pm.
“We’re excited to welcome the largest crowd that we’ve had for the 2020 calendar year," said Omaha Storm Chaser President Martie Cordaro. "Just shy of about 2,400 people will be out at the ballpark tonight."
Of course with the coronavirus still being a concern, the stadium is taking precautions.
“So there is at least six feet in between every person that will be in the ballpark that aren’t with individual groups," Cordaro said. "We’re only selling tickets in eight or less.”
Concessions were limited to prevent possible exposure, and draft beers and fountain drinks will not be available.
Staff at the park will wear masks, and guests were encouraged to wear their own masks, especially when going through security.
The teams are also taking precautions to keep players safe during games.
“Players know to minimize the high fives, and in the dugouts, they’re spaced out far enough," said Joe Siwa, League Director. "Their equipment, there’s no sharing of equipment or anything like that.”
The league also sanitized their baseballs and asked players to bring their own water.
Siwa said he's happy to give his players the opportunity to play in front of such a large crowd and hopes that their hard work and talent shine through.
“Werner ballpark has opened it up to a lot of the fans to come out and see the games and see the action on the field and see this quality level of baseball that’s being put on.”
A music-choreographed fireworks show is scheduled to follow the games around 10 pm.