2 members of LSU athletics’ event management personnel strolled through the bleachers inside Alex Box Stadium holding zip ties Wednesday afternoon. From area to area, they looped the plastic restraints through designated seat backs, preventing anyone from sitting in those chairs when the season begins Feb. 19 against Air Force.

With Alex Box Stadium limited to 25% capacity this season due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic, the place will look much various the next time LSU plays a baseball video game. Signs throughout the concourse motivate physical distancing and advise fans to return to their seats, stating, “No congregating.” Zip ties obstruct every other row to keep 6 feet between people. Stickers symbolize closed bleacher seats.

Overall, the protocols match what LSU has actually carried out throughout its athletic places since the pandemic began. Fans can’t tailgate, and they need to use mobile tickets to go into the gates, which open one hour prior to very first pitch. Once inside, fans need to wear a facial covering except when eating or consuming.

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” Procedurally, procedures are pretty much the very same from football in Tiger Stadium to the PMAC to here,” stated Richard Dempsey, an assistant director of game and occasion management. “There are some nuances with the ballpark that are various, but for our fans, a great deal of this stuff is pretty consistent from what we’ve done throughout the fall and winter.”

As it gets ready for the opener, LSU has placed near to 1,000 indications throughout the stadium reminding fans to maintain physical distance, especially in high-traffic areas such as concession stands, elevators and ticket windows. Placards between the elevators say “use will be restricted to immediate household units” and “please no speaking,” a measure to lower the spread of aerosols. Masks are likewise needed on elevators.

Though LSU will sell alcohol, it won’t allow standing consumption. It wants to keep areas clear, the very same reason it will not offer standing-room-only tickets or permit fans to see from the concourse.

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” We’re going to ask you to go to your seat,” Dempsey stated. “We’re going to ask you to keep moving in a friendly and respectful way, as we constantly do.”

LSU hopes it can increase stadium capability later this season, but for now, it will allow about 2,500 fans per video game. Dempsey said the exact number has yet to be settled as LSU sorts through ticket demands.

According to an e-mail sent earlier today, season-ticket holders who opted-in will receive a maximum of two tickets for 15 house games. They have the choice of getting to five video games from 3 various tiers. The first tier has weekend games versus challengers like Vanderbilt, Mississippi and South Carolina. The 3rd tier has Sunday and midweek video games versus non-conference groups. Any remaining tickets after the very first round of selections will be provided again to season-ticket holders.

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” We’re confident to be closer to genuinely 25% than we were at Tiger Stadium and the PMAC since of the depth of the treads and the stairwells and the aisles and the width of the chairs,” Dempsey stated. “This is a little bit newer ballpark, so we have a bit more room.”

As has a lot during the pandemic, some aspects of participating in baseball games will vanish this year to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus. In years past, fans might get autographs and speak with gamers after the games, however physical distance requirements and Southeastern Conference policies will avoid any interactions. LSU will not seat anybody in the first row along the nasty lines. It will likewise clear the stadium in between non-LSU double-headers.

” We understand it’s a difficult time,” Dempsey said. “Those 2,500 individuals approximately that are coming, we desire to make sure they have a good experience.”