Bellone calls for increased capacity at smaller stadiums as LI Ducks get ready to play

Fairfield Properties in Central Islip, where the Long Island Ducks play, has stadium seating for 6,000 people - but with COVID-19 guidelines it's only allowed to let 1,200 people inside.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2021, 12:29 AM

Updated 1,117 days ago

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Local officials are calling on the state to allow more fans into stadiums.
Fairfield Properties in Central Islip, where the Long Island Ducks play, has stadium seating for 6,000 people - but with COVID-19 guidelines it's only allowed to let 1,200 people inside.
Fans will finally allowed be to go to the ballpark and watch the Ducks play for Memorial Day weekend, but it's a big loss to the stadium when they learned only half of fans could go and watch because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says right now the guidelines that are in place from New York state is 20% capacity and mandatory testing which is practical for major league teams like the Yankees or Mets, but not the small, independent, minor league teams.
Bellone says people wearing masks in an outdoor environment like a baseball stadium is not where a spread is going to happen, which is why he thinks Gov. Andrew Cuomo should increase stadium capacity to 50%. He says getting the Ducks to play again will be a big uplift for community.


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