Hops welcome increased fans back to Ron Tonkin Field
The Hillsboro Hops announced this morning, June 8, that capacity at Ron Tonkin Field will jump to 50% as of tonight's game against Tri-City.
The team also announced that vaccinated fans will be able to sit next to each other in "vaccinated only" sections, while non-vaccinated fans will still be required to sit in pod seating in designated areas throughout the ballpark. Additionally, masks are no longer required per Oregon Health Authority guidance for outdoor venues.
"We look forward to welcoming more fans back to Ron Tonkin Field and allowing for some return to normalcy, while continuing to be safe," Hops President K.L. Wombacher said. "We are hopeful that once the state meets the 70 percent vaccinated benchmark before June 19 as expected, that we are allowed to return to full capacity without restrictions. We will continue to follow CDC guidance in the meantime."
The team reiterated that safety protocols previously implemented for reduced capacity Hops games will remain in place indefinitely, including: digital ticketing, the ability to accept cashless transactions, and hand sanitizer stations located throughout the stadium.
The Hops returned home from a scheduled 12-game, two-week road trip June 6, and will host Tri-City for six games beginning at 7:05 p.m. tonight, June 8, at Ron Tonkin Field.
The last time the Hops played at home, they were limited to 825 fans, or 15% of maximum total capacity. The half-capacity rule represents a sizable increase for the stadium.
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