New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that both the NY Yankees and NY Mets will offer free tickets to fans who get vaccinated for COVID-19 at their stadiums. The policy begins May 19, which coincides with the reopening plans that Gov. Cuomo announced earlier this week.
The Yankees said in a statement: “We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his decision, which will allow more fans into Yankees Stadium and provide us additional opportunities to further encourage people to get vaccinated. If we can encourage more people to get vaccinated by giving away Yankees tickets, we are all in.” Mets president Sandy Alderson added, “With this new opportunity for us, I think we will get more families to the ballpark; we’ll have more kids in the ballpark.”
New York state will allow the Mets and Yankees to host full-capacity sections of fans who are vaccinated. The seating in the stadiums will be split into two categories of fans: vaccinated and unvaccinated. For vaccinated fans, the capacity of the sections will be fully opened up, with the lone requirement being that masks are worn. Children 15 and younger, who are not eligible for vaccine shots at this time, will be allowed to accompany their families to games in the vaccinated sections. For unvaccinated fans, their sections will remain at 33% capacity with masks also required.
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