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Yard Goats to welcome fans at 100% capacity as COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted May 19

The Yard Goats home opener is set for May 11 at 7:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Yard Goats are excited to welcome all fans to Dunkin’ Donut Park after COVID-19 restrictions on businesses will be lifted starting May 19.

During his COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that outdoor restrictions for business across the state will be lifted starting May 1 and all remaining restrictions on May 19.

This means there will no longer be capacity limits at establishments and all mandates will turn into recommendations.

For the Hartford Yard Goats, this means that just a week after opening day, fans will be allowed into Dunkin’ Donut Park without restrictions and at 100% capacity. They will also remove seating pod requirements that were announced earlier this month.

The Yard Goats home opener is set for May 11 at 7:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, as part of a six-game series.

“When May 11 comes around and that first pitch is thrown, it will be 621 days since the Yard Goats had taken the field,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said during the governor’s press briefing. “So here at Dunkin’ Donut Park, we are preparing for fans to come back to the ballpark.”

The governor said the lifting of restrictions is subject to change pending Connecticut’s COVID-19 numbers.

Earlier Monday, the Yard Goats announced that tickets for individual games will go on sale on April 26 at 10 a.m.

For this season, the Yard Goats are unveiling two table seating options.

The first – Travelers Patio – is where groups of four fans will be assigned a high-top table behind the batter’s eye. The social space will have televisions with food and drink options available.

“This is a perfect space for catching up with family and friends in a comfortable, outdoor setting,” the team said.

The second is the Tine Dale Party Porch located on the second level near the right-field foul line. This area will also feature private tables of four.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the Yard Goats website or over the phone at 860-246-3628. All tickets will be delivered digitally. No in-person sales will be available at this time.

The Yard Goats recently released its CDC safety protocols to ensure the facility fosters a safe environment for fans, players and staff.

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