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You’ll have to win a lottery to buy tickets to opening day at Dodger Stadium

Plus, the Dodgers unveiled their ticketing plans for the rest of the season.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

It’s almost time for Dodger baseball, and this year you’ll actually be able to cheer on the World Series champions from Chavez Ravine—assuming you can get a ticket, that is.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their ticketing and safety plans for the season on Wednesday, and unlike last year you’ll actually be able to watch games from the stands thanks to new state guidelines. Stadium capacity will be limited, though, and fans will be seated in pods of up to six people.

Depending on which tier of the state’s reopening plan L.A. County is currently in, capacity at the 56,000-seat stadium will be limited to 20% in the red tier (where L.A. currently resides), 33% in the orange tier (where we could likely be in time for the home opener) and 67% in the yellow tier. Given the reduced capacity, the team is first re-seating its season ticket holders and will then open up single-game tickets on a to-be-announced date later this month.

But for the sure-sellout opening day against the Washington Nationals on April 9, you’ll basically need to win the lottery—or rather, lottery. From now through March 28, fans can register for a chance to purchase tickets to the home opener. Winners will begin to be chosen at random on March 29, at which point you’ll have an opportunity to purchase tickets.

For both that game and the rest of the season, you’ll be able to purchase tickets for between two and six people that are seated together but physically distanced from other pods (unused seats will be ziptied, so don’t think you’ll be able to spread out to wherever you choose). Though the Dodgers say they’ll announce their food and beverage ordering plans at a later date, the state guidelines specifically call for in-seat ordering and no concourse concessions to reduce mixing. All around, you can expect a mostly distanced and touchless experience, from mobile tickets to contactless payments to only clear bags being permitted into the stadium. And, of course, face masks will be required. You can head over to the Dodgers’ website for all of the details.

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