When the Cardinals begin play at Busch Stadium around the last week of July there's a good chance there won't be any fans in attendance. Fox 2 Now reports that when St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was asked about fans at Cardinals games, she told the television station fans in the stands seems unlikely.

However she did give fans hoping to see a a game a glimmer of hope that could change when she told the TV station “As I’ve said many times before, things have changed quickly."

Fox 2 Now is also reporting the Cardinals Ticket Director hopes to have people at the games socially distanced using up to 25% of Busch Stadium's capacity. Additionally, Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium has undergone a significant expansion and may be able to give some lucky fans a view of the game.

The entertainment and restaurant complex is set to re-open in phases over the next two to three weeks. And they just happen to have rooftop seats that allow people to see games at the stadium across the street. Mike Lamartina, chief revenue officer for Ballpark Village told Fox 2 Now their looking at options to use those rooftop seats for fan viewing.

It's a month until Major League Baseball actually plays a game that counts. A lot can happen in a month. The City of St. Louis could be in a position to allow fans to attend games in a physically distanced manner. Or as more and more athletes in team settings seem to be getting the coronavirus, we may find baseball this summer is nothing more than a pipe dream.

One thing is for sure. Mayor Krewson's statement that things can change quickly is on the money. Especially when it comes to COVID-19. Maybe we'll get lucky and things with the virus will change for the positive over the next month. It'd be nice to hear the ump shout "Play Ball" at Busch this season. I hope that happens fans or not.

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