Will spring training allow more visitors after Gov. Doug Ducey lifted Arizona occupancy restrictions?

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By Joshua Bowling, Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic

It doesn’t appear that metro Phoenix’s spring training facilities will allow more visitors, even after Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday lifted Arizona’s occupancy restrictions.

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Each of the Valley’s 10 spring training ballparks in February published plans to mark off thousands of seats and welcome a limited number of fans. After Ducey’s Friday announcement, which left mask and physical distancing requirements in place, the Cactus League did not announce plans to increase capacity at any of the Valley’s ballparks.

Cactus League Executive Director Bridget Binsbacher did not return a call for comment, although a spokesperson issued a statement from her saying the current seating arrangements are still in place.

“The Spring Training Occupancy Plan, created with the spring training host municipalities and the tribal community and filed with the Arizona Department of Health Services, remains in effect,” the statement said. “The health and safety of the public is the No. 1 concern of each of our ballparks.”

Local leaders who spoke with The Arizona Republic aren’t altering course.

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