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Reno Aces approved for 50 percent capacity when season opens next month

Greater Nevada Field
Greater Nevada Field will allow fans into the ballpark for its season opener. (NSN)

The Reno Aces have been approved by the State Department of Business and Industry to host 50 percent of its fire code capacity at Greater Nevada Field when its season opens next month.

With the stadium's max occupancy of 9,534, the Aces have been cleared for up to 4,767 fans per game for its home opener May 13 against Las Vegas. Per Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Directive 041, and in accordance with Major League Baseball rules, face coverings and social distancing must be followed at all Reno Aces games. The Aces averaged 4,803 fans per game in 2019, its most recent season, although that number is tickets distributed rather than actual attendance.

“I want to thank all those at the State and County who have taken endless time with us to ensure the Aces can return with fans in 2021,” Aces president Eric Edelstein said in news release. “We will continue to work with the State of Nevada and Washoe County to maximize capacity while maintaining distancing to ensure the health and comfort of our fans."

The Aces season begins May 6 on the road at Salt Lake with a six-game home series against the Las Vegas Aviators starting May 13. That will mark the first baseball game at Greater Nevada Field since August 25, 2019 after last year's minor-league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater Nevada Field did host a number of Reno 1868 FC games but attendance capacity never topped 1,000. Next month's games will mark the first robust crowds allowed for a sporting event in Northern Nevada since the pandemic started as Nevada's Mackay Stadium and Lawlor Events Center both limited crowds during the 2020-21 season.

Individual game tickets will go on sale starting April 16 with "Insiders" getting first dibs April 15. You can sign up to be an "Insider" here.

Greater Nevada Field has undergone some major changes since it lasted hosted games. You can check out the feature on those here.

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