Announcing that the Giants and KNBR would be continuing our partnership through the 2025 season wasn’t the only piece of positive news that Larry Baer dropped on KNBR Wednesday morning. Baer commented publicly for the first time on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement last week that outdoor stadiums in certain tiers can host fans starting April 1.
Baer projects that based on that decision, the Giants will be able to fill Oracle Park to 20 percent capacity, but mentioned that they will still need approval from the city before any fans can enter.
“So, where we are now is the state has approved in our tier, in our red tier, 20 percent (capacity) for us,” Baer said on KNBR. “We have to get that approved by the city. So, we’re going to the city public health. We’re cautiously optimistic about that.
“Then, potentially, in the orange tier it could go to 33 percent. But right now we’re most likely — with city approval, in April we would be at about 20 percent, which is approximately 8,000 fans or so, but we have to get that approved by the city, so it’s not official, official. But we are going to be sending out a note to our season ticket holders and everybody that’s sort of in the Giants’ orbit early next week to spell it out, contingent on city approvals.”
If San Francisco moves from red to the orange tier — which its coronavirus numbers project it to soon — 33 percent of customers could enter the park for Giants home games. That’s nearly 14,000 fans.
It San Francisco slides back to the Purple tier, the park would be limited to a maximum 100 fans.
Listen to the full interview below.