By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Mariners are forced to play their first two home series not at Safeco Field, according to ESPN.com. They are working with Major League Baseball to play elsewhere.
The Mariners were forced into this decision as state officials have banned mass gatherings of 1,000 or more people. This impacts their series with the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins.
The Rangers were supposed to visit the Mariners between March 26-29. Then, the Twins were supposed to visit between March 30 and April 1st.
No alternative plans have been made at this time.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee banned mass gatherings of 1,000 or more people in three counties on Wednesday. This includes the county that has Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.
With state officials issuing this mandatory ban on mass gatherings, there’s little the Mariners can do besides lose money. They’ll hopefully recoup it down the road or through their sponsorship rights.
“While we hope to be back to playing baseball in Seattle as soon as possible, the health and safety of our community is the most important consideration,” the Mariners said in a statement.
Seattle will now issue refunds to fans, who bought tickets to those two home series. Season-ticket holders will receive credit towards future games. This may also go into the 2021 season.
Washington State has been a hotbed for the coronavirus, as there’s been several deaths in the state due to the disease. Inslee believes that there may be 64,000 cases of coronavirus in the State by May.
This is not the only games being affected in Seattle. The Seattle Dragons game against the Los Angeles Wildcats this weekend will be played without fans.
The Seattle Sounders FC are also impacted, as they had to postpone their March 21st game.
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