Padres Hoping to Have 20% Capacity for Opener

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The San Diego Padres accept they will actually want to have a 20% limit — or about 8,500 fans — at Petco Park for the first day of the season on April 1 if San Diego County is moved into the red level in the state’s framework for deciding when it’s safe for organizations to continue activities.

The area could be moved into the red level one week from now.

Padres CEO Erik Graupner said Tuesday that it’s conceivable the group could be playing before limit swarms at the 42,000-seat ballpark later in the season. Assumptions are high founded on a year ago’s season finisher appearance, the marking of genius shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year contract, and the procurement of pitchers Yu Darvish and Blake Snell.

In light of social separating, “There won’t be an inch of Petco Park that won’t have a case of seating some place in it,” Graupner said. “The whole park will be used.”

He said that with season ticket holders getting a primary goal, single-game tickets probably won’t be accessible for the initial two months of the period, or much more.

Fans will be needed to wear veils. Combined with different conventions, Petco Park “will be probably the most secure spot to be in San Diego,” Graupner said.