Rangers' home opener draws near full capacity fans

In Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers held its home opener on Monday with a near-capacity crowd. It was the first major US sporting event without attendance restrictions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The game was held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, against the Toronto Blue Jays. The crowd filled 38,238 seats of about 40,000.

After Texas lifted its mask mandate last month, the Rangers had announced that it would make all tickets available for the home opener.

Fans voiced excitement. One said she feels safe as she has already been vaccinated. Another said it's a great challenge to allow 100 percent capacity, but they are sure to overcome any difficulties.

Fans are required to wear masks at the stadium except while eating or drinking, but many were not wearing them on Monday.

There were concerns that this could lead to a super-spreader event.

All 30 MLB teams are allowing fans into stadiums this season, but most of them are still limiting capacity to around 15,000.

President Joe Biden said Texas' decision to lift its mask mandate was a "big mistake" and warned people not to let their guard down against the virus.