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S. Korean pro baseball reopens to fans, but at limited capacity Updated: 2020-07-27 09:47:22 KST


On Sunday, two months into the season, South Korea's professional baseball league finally welcomed back its fans.

"I'm thrilled and excited to finally see a baseball game in person."

But under the government's guidelines, stadiums have to limit spectators to only 10 percent of capacity.

"So, at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, out of 25-thousand seats, only 25-hundred are filled."

Along with the emptier seats, the stadium looks a bit different from last season due to a new set of virus prevention measures.
First of all, all tickets are sold online in advance, so that staff can effectively track down visitors in case of an outbreak.
For the same purpose, fans have to check in by scanning a QR code.
The electronic entry log system is easy enough to be used by anyone.
During the game, face masks are mandatory at all times.
And you're not allowed sit next to each other.
Eating food and group chants are also restricted to prevent the spread of any droplets.
All these rules are up on the main screen as a constant reminder.

"Normally, I'd be sitting next to my friend, chanting with her and eating snacks. We can't do that today, but I'm still happy that I can see the game."

There was a total of five games on Sunday across the country.
But no spectators yet in Daejeon or Gwangju because those cities are still under strict social distancing.
Other professional sports like soccer and golf are set to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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