By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Crabs announced on Wednesday night that they have been approved for a return to action in early June, with a limited number of fans to be permitted at each game.
The season will run from June 4 to August 8, and while plenty of details remain to be sorted out, a sizable crowd will be permitted to attend each night.
“Crabs baseball is back,” club president David Sharp said. “We’ve been approved by the county to re-open and we’ve got a plan to follow the guidelines and bring fans back to Crabs baseball.”
As of right now, the attendance will be kept at around 500, with masks and social distancing mandated.
That number could change, however, depending on what COVID tier the county is in by the time the season rolls around, as well as after June 15 when the state is scheduled to fully re-open.
The relationship between the Crabs and the community has always been a special one and a return will be a huge boost for local baseball fans.
“The community is a huge part of this,” said Sharp, adding that keeping the fans safe is a priority. “We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t have a great plan that the county has approved.”
The Arcata-based club was forced to cancel last summer’s season because of the pandemic, the first time it has had to do so since it was founded in 1945.
Tickets for the games will be available through advance reservation only and fans will be permitted to attend in pods of one-to-four people from the same household.
“We have to remember the Crabs belong to the fans,” Sharp said. “We want to make it another great summer and a safe summer.”
The club president said there are still a lot of details to work out and that fans should stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, such as when the online reservations will be made available.
The club has retained most of the sponsors that were lined up for last summer, which Sharp said is “indicative of the strong community support we rely on every year.”
The Crabs have also invested in new camera equipment to improve the quality of the online streaming of their games, all of which will be broadcast live.