The Nashville Sounds, in conjunction with the Metro Public Health Department and Mayor John Cooper’s office, have announced starting Friday, May 14, First Horizon Park will be open to near 100 percent capacity.
According to a team release, First Horizon Park will operate near a 40 percent capacity level for the Sounds Opening Day against the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday, May 11, and for the home games on May 12 and 13. Fans will be permitted to purchase any remaining tickets for home games from May 14-23, beginning on Monday, May 3, at 9 a.m.
“I would like to thank the Metro Public Health Department and Mayor Cooper for their consistent communication throughout this process,” Sounds co-owner Frank Ward said. “Secondly, on behalf of the entire Nashville Sounds organization, I’d like to thank our loyal fan base for their patience.
“Our season ticket members have been through an arduous process over the last year and we thank them for their commitment. We are thrilled to have baseball back at First Horizon Park.”
Despite the recent announcement for sporting events to open at 100 percent capacity, the Sounds will keep modified health and safety measures in place. Those measures include Major League Baseball’s policy of a player safety buffer zone that restricts the usage of front rows of sections closest to the playing field, dugouts and bullpens.
Additionally, the Sounds will keep four socially distanced sections for the entire 2021 season — sections 104, 113, 118 and 121. They will be a “pod style” seating area only with tickets available in groups of two, four or six. All tickets in socially distanced sections are subject to availability.
Other changes at First Horizon Park include the entire ballpark going cashless for payment options. If fans bring only cash to First Horizon Park, they can purchase pre-loaded $20 Visa gift cards at Advanced Tickets located next to Guest Services near section 114. The gift cards can be used anywhere at First Horizon Park and can be used at any outside business that accept Visa cards.
First Horizon Park will also allow only clear bags to enter through the gates in 2021. Exceptions include diaper bags and small handheld clutches and purses.
As required by Major League Baseball’s Fan Attendance Policies for 2021, facial coverings are required for individuals ages 2 and older until further notice. Attendees will be required to wear facial coverings at First Horizon Park when entering, exiting, and moving around the ballpark.
Attendees may remove face coverings only while actively eating or drinking and while sitting in their assigned seating location.