Hadlock Field may be full of minor league baseball fans soon.
With Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday lifting COVID-19 restrictions on capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in outdoor settings, the Portland Sea Dogs quickly announced that they will return to full capacity for games starting in June.
Currently, the Sea Dogs allow only 28 percent capacity, or 2,087 fans, at Hadlock Field.
“We have carefully followed the expert guidance of the state throughout the entire pandemic and feel confident with today’s announcement that we will be able to safely host fans in our traditional seating arrangement,” said Sea Dogs president and general manager Geoff Iacuessa in a news release.
Masks will no longer be required while outside watching the game. But masks will continue to be required for entry into the ballpark and while indoors in the concourse and restrooms.
While Gov. Mills’ announcement goes into effect on May 24, the Sea Dogs will continue to have reduced capacity for their final May homestand, which goes from May 25-30.
Tickets for all remaining Sea Dogs home games will go on sale May 19. With the increased capacity, ticket prices have been reduced. Box seats will be $13 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors, Reserved seats are $12 for adults and $11 for kids and seniors, while general admission tickets will be $11 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors.
During May, single-game ticket prices are $19 (for box seats), $18 (reserved) and $17 (grandstand). Prices for season ticket holders are $12 to $10. The team explained that it needed to increase its prices in May because of the reduced-seating limits.