Texas Rangers Home Opener Is Largest US Sporting Event Since Pandemic Began

GLOBE LIFE FIELD, ARLINGTON TEXAS, 5-1-2020: The new home of the Texas Rangers Baseball team was scheduled to open on March 23, 2020, but is now pushed back due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

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The Texas Rangers held their home opener on Monday, April 5, with fans allowed in the stands at Globe Life Field.

After Governor Greg Abbott’s decision in March to end the mask mandate in the state and allow businesses to be fully operational, the Rangers announced they would be allowing fans at Globe Life Field at 100 percent capacity when Opening Day rolled around.

While the game did not completely sell out, there were a whopping 38,238 fans in attendance, according to the New York Times.

That number makes the game the largest United States sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic began over one year ago.

Sure, we still have a long way to go until life is completely back to normal, but moments like this remind us that we are making progress and perhaps by the summer or fall we can fully enjoy a live sports experience.

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