The first Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in nearly two years has been postponed to September to allow a limited number of fans to attend the ceremony outdoors. Wednesday’s announcement revises a decision made earlier this year by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which initially said no guests would be allowed to attend this year’s induction ceremony due to COVID-19 protocols of State.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome our Hall of Fame – the Living Legends – and our fans to Cooperstown to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2020,” said Jane Forbes Clark, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said said in a statement announcing the decision. “The return of the induction ceremony to an outdoor event will give the baseball community the opportunity to visit Cooperstown and celebrate the induction of four of the game’s greats.”
In February of this year, Clark said the Hall of Fame would host the event on July 25 – but added that due to “the lingering uncertainties created by COVID-19” it would change the location of the Clark event. Sports Center at an indoor location without fans.
The ceremony is now scheduled to take place on September 8 at the Clark Sports Center, where it has been held since 1992. The 2020 Hall of Fame members – Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons – will be honored at the event. The annual awards show won’t air indoors on TV until July 24, but the winners will also be recognized later at the ceremony in September.
Instead of the usual open seating for the event, “a limited number of tickets will be made available to fans,” according to the Hall of Fame. Lawn tickets will still be free, but seats will be separated according to vaccination status.
“The planning continues to be tailored to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and New York State,” the Hall of Fame said.
In 2020, the induction ceremony was canceled for the first time since 1960 due to issues related to COVID-19. There waschosen for induction in 2021.
Estimated crowds in recent years have steadily exceeded 50,000, with 2019 having the second-largest crowd on record with around 55,000 guests, the Hall of Fame said.