The Spokane Indians minor league baseball club welcomed the news about the move to Phase 3 in Washington. It means they’ll have actually have a season with fans in the seats.
The season opens May 4.
Senior Vice President Otto Klein says that gives the team time to figure out the specifics of welcoming people to Avista Stadium.
“We’re working diligently, behind the scenes, to see how we can bring people back in a safe manner and we’re confident we can do that. We’re going to have a plan that we can announce in the coming weeks for seating and everything else," Klein said.
Phase 3 allows sports teams to bring in enough fans to occupy a quarter of the available seats. It also allows high contact youth sports, such as basketball, to resume. Bowling alleys, gyms and restaurants can operate at 50-percent capacity.
The change won’t mean any changes for the Spokane Chiefs hockey team, which announced on Twitter that it doesn’t anticipate hosting fans. Part of that is because the Spokane Arena, where the team plays, is currently in use as a state Covid vaccination site. No word yet if the Spokane Shock football team will be able to play in front of fans. It also plays in the Arena.