Mexican Pacific League LMP opens, fans admitted in eight ballparks

Mexican Pacific League LMP opens, fans admitted in eight ballparks
Teams based in the states of Sinaloa, Baja California and Sonora will be able to fill the venues ranging 30 to 50% of stadium capacity. Clubs based in Jalisco and Nuevo León have not been cleared yet.

The Mexican Pacific League (LMP, Liga Mexicana del Pacifico) opened its season on Thursday, 15 October, with five games. Four out of five ballparks were open to fans.

Teams based in the states of Sinaloa (defending champions Tomateros de Culiacán, Algodoneros de Guasave, Venados de Mazatlán and Cañeros de los Mochis), Baja California (Águilas de Mexicali) and Sonora (Yaquis de Obregón, Mayos de Navojoa and Naranjeros de Hermosillo) have been cleared to welcome spectators at 30 to 50% of stadium capacity, which means between 3,200 and 8,200 fans could potentially watch games from the stands.

The clubs based in Jalisco -- the Charros de Jalisco -- and Nuevo León -- the Sultanes de Monterrey -- have not been authorized to open to fans because of a larger number of reported cases.

Omar Canizales Soto, the President of LMP, said during a press conference: "There is close communication with the clubs and the government of the states were they play, we are going to monitor each situation closely."

Fans will have to wear face masks and their body temperature will be measured before they can enter the stadium. Spectators won't be allowed to move to a different seat during the game.

Food and beverages will be delivered in closed containers.

The clubs have been tested twice before the season started. A total of 92 positive cases were recorded among players and coaching staff. The tests will be repeated every two weeks.

The Liga del Pacifico is a ten-team winter league that was founded in 1945.

Earlier this year, the summer-based Mexican Baseball League (LMB, Liga Mexicana de Béisbol) cancelled its season for the first time in its 95-year history.

The two professional baseball leagues in Mexico are WBSC Associate Members.