Will Coronavirus Cancel Mets Opening Day At Citi Field?

Brad Heller
March 10, 2020 - 7:43 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With the closure of all Major League Baseball locker rooms and clubhouses to non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus outbreak, some are worried about opening day.

WCBS 880’s Brad Heller reports all media personnel will not be allowed to enter the locker rooms or clubhouses until further notice. But, if the virus continues to spread, could that mean players will eventually play in empty stadiums?

“It's not something that I think anyone in the big leagues imagines: playing in front of nobody,” said Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

The coronavirus outbreak has already canceled or postponed some large gatherings, including Coachella and the NYC Half Marathon, so it’s not too farfetched to think there could be no fans at Citi Field on opening day.

Though, Nimmo says that’s something he cannot even imagine.

“Hey make it, you know, fun and they're the reason that we're here – that I get to have this job and play this game,” he said. “So, honestly unless it becomes that's just, you know, it's just a huge health risk and they can't be there, I wanna see them there at all costs.”

The MLB says its intention is to play spring training and regular season games as scheduled, but recognizes, “the fluidity of this rapidly evolving situation.”

More than 113,000 people worldwide have tested positive for the disease and over 3,900 people with the virus have died, most of them in China. More than 62,000 people have already recovered.

The virus has infected 600 people in the United States — including the director of the agency that runs the airports in New York and New Jersey — and at least 26 have died, most in Washington State.

(© 2020 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)