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The Latest: Brewers to open stadium for fans at 25% capacity

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The Milwaukee Brewers will have a limited number of fans at home games this season.

The Brewers announced Thursday that Milwaukee health commissioner Kirsten Johnson has approved a plan allowing fans to fill 25% of the seating capacity at American Family Field, the stadium formerly known as Miller Park.

That could mean 10,500 fans at the ballpark, which has a capacity of 41,900, not including group areas.

The Brewers had sought to allow 35% capacity.

Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement that the team would “continue to communicate with the city officials and work toward increasing the capacity if the health metrics continue to improve.”

Tailgating won’t be allowed outside the stadium, a big tradition for Brewers fan, at the start of the season.

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The St. Louis Cardinals say they’ve received approval from the city to fill Busch Stadium at 32% capacity starting with their April 8 home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

That could mean 14,500 fans at Busch Stadium, which has a capacity of 45,538.

City health director Dr. Fredrick Echols says new COVID-19 infections have been declining and the positivity rate in St. Louis dipped below 5% for the first time since mid-September.

“The Cardinals organization has worked diligently to ensure they are able to create and maintain a safe environment for staff and fans. Wearing a face covering, social distancing, cleaning, and other infectious disease control measures they have in place for the stadium should keep us moving in the right direction,” Echols said in a news release.

Season ticket holders will get the first crack at tickets for the first two homestands, then the general public if tickets remain. The Cardinals said fans will be seated in pods of four or fewer with at least 6 feet of space between pods. Masks will be required except when eating or drinking.

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More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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