In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, and the Summit County Health Department, the Akron RubberDucks are thrilled to announce that their plan to host safe, socially-distanced home games during the month of May with 47% capacity has been approved.
This Responsible Reopening plan as outlined by the RubberDucks will safely utilize approximately 3,600 seats at Canal Park, which represents 47% of the 7,630 total seating capacity. The RubberDucks’ plan was co-developed with Summa Health, with consultation from Dr. Thomas File, Chair, Infectious Disease Division.
The RubberDucks’ seating plan follows all health guidelines for social distancing of fans at Canal Park by utilizing a staggered seating method, which allows for fans to be seated in pods of 2, 4, 6, or 8 people. Guests attending an event as a group/family who chose to sit together may do so, and groups are encouraged to consist of people who have been in past or frequent contact with the other group members.
Per Major League Baseball, all fans will be required to wear an appropriate mask/face covering over their mouth and nose at all times inside the ballpark, except while actively eating or drinking in their designated seating location. Eating and drinking is strictly prohibited outside of a fan’s designated seating location. Neck gaiters and face masks with a breathing valve will not be permitted at Canal Park. Guests experiencing COVID-related symptoms will be asked not to attend events at Canal Park.
All areas of Canal Park with nontraditional stadium seating will be available and will maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet of unoccupied space between guest parties. Guests will not be permitted to congregate in any area of the ballpark, including lines for ticket purchases, concessions purchases, etc.
All lines for box offices, security check points, and gate entry into Canal Park will be queued marked at every interval of 6 feet in order for fans to easily maintain social distancing. All gates at Canal Park will be clearly marked as “Enter Only” or “Exit Only” so as to prevent congregating.
The Akron RubberDucks will continue to follow all health and safety protocols as outlined by Gov. DeWine, Mayor Horrigan, and state and local health officials. RubberDucks staff members are available by phone and email to answer any questions or concerns.