Updated: June 16, 2021 05:16 PM
Created: June 16, 2021 11:30 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Effective immediately, you'll be able to sit wherever you'd like at Frontier Field, regardless of vaccination status.
The Rochester Red Wings Wednesday announced there will no longer be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at games, Fans will also no longer need to show proof of vaccination to enter. This includes if you've already bought tickets in specifically marked sections.
"It means coming to a Red Wings game is a whole lot more like going to a Red Wings game in 2019 than it has been so far in 2021," said General Manager Dan Mason.
Fans who already have tickets for games June 15-20 and June 22-27 may use their purchased tickets with no exchange necessary, and socially- distanced sections where tickets have already been sold will remain socially distanced for the remaining home dates in June.
Beyond June, a few sections will remain available as socially distanced sections for those fans who feel more comfortable sitting six feet away from other fans.
"We're back really to having just a regular seating bowl," Mason said. "No more vaccinated and unvaccinated sections you know it will be pretty much back to normal when folks come back to games."
The team is still working out where those sections will be.
While vaccination status will not be checked, General Manager Dan Mason says the team will still adhere to CDC guidance on masking which asks unvaccinated fans to wear masks when they're not eating or drinking. Masks are not required for vaccinated fans.
I just spoke with General Manager Dan Mason. He tells me they will save a few sections of seating for those who may be uncomfortable and still want to remain socially distant. @news10nbc— Raven Tiara Brown (@WHEC_RBrown) June 16, 2021
Beginning in July, seating will return to normal capacity.
"You know when the capacities were fluctuating, it was just a little bit confusing no matter having vaccinated and unvaccinated sections it was just a little hard for some folks to understand and wrap their heads around," Mason said.
Effective July 27, season ticket holders will be allowed to return to their original seats from 2020.
The announcement comes a day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state would undo most of its COVID regulations after the state hit a 70% adult vaccination rate with at least one dose.
The stadium's pre-COVID bag policy will also return.
"Great news for our fan base, great news for our organization and great news for our community that we're getting back to basically normal," Mason said.
Tickets for their first homestand in July go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29. Tickets for all other home games go on sale on July 14.
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