FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Jacob Snodderly is ready for what should be a relatively normal summer.
"I don’t think there’s anything I don’t look forward to," Snodderly said. "Going out to the baseball games, and I know Fort Wayne Soccer Club’s going to be out this year. So just outdoor events in general, just being with everybody."
The Fort Wayne TinCaps have already mapped out a plan for increasing capacity in Parkview Field.
And now, they’re no longer asking vaccinated fans to wear masks, following the CDC's updated guidelines.
But Snodderly plans to keep his mask nearby.
"You know, COVID's a very real thing still, so you do got to be careful," Snodderly said. "Most of the time, they’ve got all the seats spread out six feet, so I feel comfortable and safe. It’s an outdoor environment, but when I’m going to the bathrooms and concessions, definitely wear your mask and be safe."
Even for the fully vaccinated, COVID-19 may still be on the mind in public places, as it will be near impossible to determine who has or hasn’t received their shots.
"Whether it’s Target or Kroger or Parkview Field, when the mask restrictions or mask requirements start to loosen, just through this whole process, we’ve relied and I think as a community relied on people making good choices, people looking out for one another," said TinCaps Marketing Vice President Michael Limmer.
Limmer says he hopes unvaccinated fans use common sense and common courtesy around others.
And while he understands why some may be hesitant to return to the ballpark, he says the TinCaps have worked to make everyone’s safety the top priority.
"I know for myself, it’s been over a year for me to be able to participate in things like this. And I know that even though I’m fully vaccinated, it’s still just getting back into the habit of being around large groups of people, and it’s going to take some time for that comfort level to return," Limmer said.
Parkview Field plans to reevaluate and increase capacity throughout the summer. They say fans who get their first shot of the vaccine now will be fully vaccinated in time for the TinCaps’ homestand in July.
Parkview Field follows both local and Major League Baseball’s health and safety guidelines. MLB removed it’s mask mandate last week.