Will the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium in 2020 and will there be fans? It’s “possible” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees may not play an inning of actual baseball in 2020, and even if they do, likely, fans won’t be allowed into the stadium.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been in charge of the government’s response to COVID-19, spoke with YES Network’s Jack Curry in an interview this week. In regard to fans potentially appearing at Yankee games this year, he stated, “That is possible.”

The workaround that would allow fans to enjoy live baseball would ultimately be difficult to implement and problematic from a safety standpoint. It would require fans to use protective gear for their faces while also practicing social distancing within the stadium. The Yankees would have to cap how many people can come to a given game and enforce a seating distance, which would be difficult.

Fauci went on to say it is “reasonable” to think there could be a “group of players and you put them in a few cities.”

“You make sure they’re not infected,” he continued. “You test them so that they don’t infect each other. And you have baseball — as much as it’s tough to say — in a spectator-less environment. You have people playing in an environment in which people can watch it on television.”

Hopefully, the quarantine will help in mitigating concern within the sports community, and they can begin opening operations back up again…slowly.