Opening Day take 2: Red Sox fans finally return to Fenway Park

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BOSTON (WPRI) — The Boston Red Sox are set to host the Baltimore Orioles Friday after their Opening Day was postponed due to due to the rainy forecast.

Friday’s forecast has sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-40s. If you’re heading to Boston, 12 News Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello recommends wearing a winter coat and even considering a hat and gloves since it will be quite chilly sitting in the stands.

Tickets for Thursday’s game will be good for admission on Friday. Gates open two hours before the first pitch at 2:10 p.m. and pregame ceremonies are scheduled to start at 1:40 p.m.

After finishing last in the American League East last season, the Sox are looking to get off on the right foot against the Orioles, who only earned one more win than Boston in the pandemic-shortened season in 2020.

Nate Eovaldi is slated to start for Boston, with Eduardo Rodriguez placed on the injured list with left elbow inflammation and Chris Sale not expected back until summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

“Awesome having our fans back even the spring training games the small amount of fans felt sold out at time even spaced out having our fans back and performing with them out there will be a lot of fun for us,” Eovaldi said.

About 4,500 lucky Red Sox fans will finally be able to return to Fenway Park for the game. Fans haven’t stepped foot at a home game since Sept. 29, 2019.

Seats have been zip tied to prevent non authorized seating.

All fans are required to wear masks, and there will be signs everywhere reminding them about social distancing and where to find hand sanitizer. The concession stands will be open so fans can enjoy some refreshments, but Red Sox officials recommended using a card instead of cash to pay for them.

The Sox had planned to host 100 front-line workers Thursday’s game and said they will be giving away 10,000 tickets to health care heroes throughout the season.

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