The Dodgers Will Hold a Lottery for Opening Day Seats and Scrap Season Tickets Until June

Demand is sure to be high while the stadium’s capacity is limited to 11,000

Anyone who thought they had no shot of being at Dodger Stadium when Clayton Kershaw starts against the Washington Nationals on Opening Day will soon get their chance—though it’s a snowball’s chance.

With Los Angeles having finally moved into Red Tier status Monday, Dodger Stadium can open at 20 percent capacity, meaning it’s allowed to fill about 11,000 seats for the April 9 home opener. To accommodate the limited number of fans, the Dodgers announced Thursday that it will hold a lottery open to anyone for the opportunity to buy tickets to the once in a lifetime game—when the team will presumably hold its World Series ring ceremony after the pandemic robbed the World Champions of their victory parade last year.

Less lucky, depending on how you look at it, are season-ticket holders, who were notified via email Thursday that their passes won’t be honored for the 29 home games played through June 2.

Instead, folks with season tickets can buy one of two 14-game packages, which will be sold in pods for two to six people, in order to make room for social distancing. Both packages include a presale opportunity to buy tickets for Opening Day, though there’s no guarantee which season-ticket holders will get those coveted seats—nor is there a guarantee that seats for any of the games will be near their usual accommodations.

Season-ticket holders will have the value of the missed games credited back to their accounts and can use the credit through 2022. So far, the Dodgers don’t plan to make changes to season tickets for games after June 2.

Tickets for each of the games in question will also be sold individually, but the number will depend upon how many 14-game packages are sold first.

At the moment, details about the lottery—including when it will open—are scarce. The team will reportedly release details about when and how to enter the lottery, and when and how to buy tickets for the subsequent 28 games, at a later date.

Fans can expect every available spot to get snatched up in a flash. Last month, tickets for Dodgers Spring Training games at Camelback Ranch sold out in under two hours.

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