The Texas Rangers plan to open their baseball stadium at full capacity for opening day 2021 — and President Joe Biden isn’t thrilled with the idea.

Biden comments on Texas Rangers

Biden spoke with ESPN’s Sage Steele about the decision by Rangers’ Globe Life Field to open at full capacity — which is 40,300 people — for opening day, according to ESPN. The Rangers decided to allow full capacity in mid-March.

  • “Well, that’s a decision they made. I think it’s a mistake,” Biden said. “They should listen to Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it’s not responsible.”

What are the COVID-19 rules for Globe Life Field?

Fans attending the Texas Rangers game will have to wear masks when not eating or drinking at their seats.

  • The park will have specific “distanced seating” sections that allow for more space between seats, ESPN reports.
  • Fans are encouraged to follow all COVID-19 protocols, too, per KDFW in Dallas-Forth Worth.
  • The team opened the roof of the stadium during exhibition games earlier this week, according to KDFW in Dallas-Forth Worth.

Biden pushes for COVID-19 vaccines

Biden also encouraged athletes to get vaccinated. This came after Major League Baseball issued a memo that said players who get vaccinated will see looser restrictions.

  • “I would say I’m President of the United States and I got vaccinated. I don’t have an unimportant job. Would I take the vaccine if I thought it was going to hurt me? We have done incredible research on the vaccines and they have shown that they work. We have to get to the point where enough people have taken the vaccine so we diminish the possibility for it to spread.”

How COVID-19 has impacted MLB

The opening day game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals was postponed due to COVID-19.

Per WTOP, the game would have allowed for 5,000 fans in the stands. The game would have included virtual tickets, touchless ketchup dispensers and no-cash allowed at concessions.

  • “We have a few change(s) here around the ballpark, but our goal is to make sure we’re able to provide the safest and most fun experience for our guests right now,” said Jonathan Stahl, vice president of experience and hospitality for the Nationals, according to WTOP.