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'Bubble' World Series Heads For Texas With Fans In The Stands

A view of the Rangers' new Globe Life Field shows the outfield, the foul pole and parts of the retractable roof.
Kelly Gavin
Texas Rangers
The pandemic kept fans from Globe Life Field, the Rangers' brand-new ballpark, until last week. About 11,000 socially-distanced folks will be scattered around the park for the Game One of the World Series on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are the last teams standing as baseball tries to salvage a pandemic-shortened season. They'll face off starting Tuesday at the Rangers' new Globe Life Field.

The World Series comes to Arlington on Tuesday night, but the Texas Rangers will only be spectators — thanks to the American League's worst record.

It's the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays who'll face off in the "bubble" at the Rangers' new home, Globe Life Field. Each survived a tough seven-game series to get there.

Roughly 11,000 fans will be able to watch in person, scattered around the ballpark with empty seats taped off between them. That's a quarter of the stadium's capacity, an effort to socially distance while COVID-19 cases are surging again in surrounding Tarrant County.

The NBA and NHL used more restrictive bubbles, with no fans, to complete their seasons. While football has been allowing some limited crowds, Major League Baseball, including the Rangers, kept the stands empty (except for cardboard cutouts) throughout the season.

That meant fans at last week's National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves were the first to see a game at Globe Life Field. The Braves won the game, but lost the series.

Opening night of this one-of-a-kind World Series starts Tuesday at 7:09 p.m.

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Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.