Biggest league in Japan NPB wants to open doors to fans by 10 July

Biggest league in Japan NPB wants to open doors to fans by 10 July
22/06/2020
Commissioner Atsushi Saito spoke to the press after a recent online meeting with the 12 NPB clubs.

Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Commissioner Atsushi Saito told the Japanese press that he has the goal to open the league's stadium doors to spectators by July 10.

Atsushi Saito spoke to the press after an online conference between the 12 NPB teams.

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the experts and the local advisors for their detailed guidance," Saito said.

"We were able to start our regular season on 19 June. There are still many conditions to be met, but we would like to open to fans from 10 July. We will seriously prepare for that."

NPB, together with soccer's JLeague, received recommendations on the protocols from a team of experts after the 10th Liaison Conference on the countermeasures to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPB opened last Friday (19 June) with the regular season consisting of 120 games, instead of the usual 143, for both the Pacific League and the Central League. As part of the special rules for the shortened 2020 season, games tied after 10 innings will be declared as draws during the regular season.

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