For the first time in two years, Winnipeg sports fans had a chance to attend a live minor league baseball game. In order to attend the game, the fans had to prove their vaccination status. People were lining up in front of Shaw Park to see the Goldeyes take on the Sioux City Explorers.
“There are a lot of people and I think that’s what the people miss. It’s the social aspect of it,” said Donn Navidad. “I hope we win.”
It has been a long time since the locals saw their favourite baseball team live. Donn Navidad had no reservations about being vaccinated and maskless around crowds.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin believes that vaccination status will allow people to watch live sports.
Those under the age of 12 who aren’t vaccinated may attend the sporting event if accompanied by a fully immunized member of their household.
Former Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz, the owner of the Goldeyes, said that pandemic has hurt the club’s finances. He added:
“It’s been a tough grind, let’s just be honest. But you know what, here we are at a ball game.”
“It’s trial and error but everything is OK so far,” he said. “Today’s been a good day just to see fans back in the stands and it’s great for the players, they’re excited.”
The Goldeyes host Sioux City again Wednesday and Thursday, and then Milwaukee Friday through Sunday.