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Red Wings see state decision to loosen up on stadium restrictions as a big win

Gate 1 at Frontier Field in June 2020
James Brown
WXXI News file photo
Gate 1 at Frontier Field in June 2020

Changes announced for large-scale outdoor venues, like baseball stadiums, is putting a smile on the face of the Rochester Red Wings General Manager and others associated with the team.

Dan Mason said that things just got a lot easier for fans to attend games at Frontier Field and the Red Wings couldn’t be happier.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced changes in the state’s COVID-19 protocols Wednesday for outdoor venues, like ballparks — fully vaccinated attendees can sit next to each other instead of 6 feet apart. Mason said vaccinated adults will have sections at Frontier Field where adults can sit with their unvaccinated kid and he said that's important because going to a Red Wings game is a family-oriented activity.

"Families are our bread and butter; families are the people that come to our games," Mason said. "We really pride ourselves on great, wholesome entertainment, and the ballpark wouldn’t seem the same if there were no kids here. Certainly there would be kids here, but not as many."

Mason said there will be seating in the stadium for fans who have been vaccinated and for those who are not.

"Whether you’re vaccinated or you’re unvaccinated, we’ve got a place for you to enjoy the game here at Frontier Field," Mason said. "For those fans that are vaccinated, we’ll have sections where you can sit, even if your kids are 15 and under and unvaccinated, they can sit with you in the section, there’s no social distance required.”

Masks will be required for fans in both sections.  The new state guidelines technically go into effect on May 19, but the Red Wings home opener is the day before, May 18. Mason says the state gave them a waiver so that they can follow the new state rules on May 18.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.