When the Milwaukee Brewers kick off their 2021 season at Miller Park American Family Field on Thursday, April 1 against the Minnesota Twins, the seats won’t be full, but at least they’ll be 25-percent full.

Yes, the Brewers announced Thursday morning that the City of Milwaukee Health Department has approved a safety plan that will allow the team to begin its regular season at 25-percent capacity. (Last month, the Brewers submitted a plan that aimed for 35-percent capacity.) Sadly, no tailgating will be allowed, so here’s a picture from 2018. Simpler times:

“This is an exciting day for us, as well as our fans and partners who we know are eager to return to American Family Field,” said Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers President – Business Operations, in a press release. “Our players repeatedly say that Brewers fans bring phenomenal energy to the game and are the critical piece of the ballpark atmosphere.

“We appreciate the cooperation of [Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten] Johnson and her staff as they reviewed our detailed plan to safely allow fans to watch the Brewers in person. Approval of the plan also allows us to bring much-needed jobs for members of our event staff and game-day workforce.

“We will continue to communicate with the city officials and work toward increasing the capacity if the health metrics continue to improve.”

The press release notes that “Brewers Season Seat Holders and Suite Holders will be contacted about their options for attending games in the next week. Information on tickets to individual games will be announced at a later date.”

More COVID rules and regulations for attending games at Miller Park American Family Field can be found HERE.

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