Major League Baseball took a calculated gamble to open its season on time on April 1 before live crowds, but with strict attendance limits of around 20% in most stadiums. It was a hesitant start. In many cities even the tickets available weren’t selling.
But as of July 5 attendance limits will have been lifted across the league, and attendance is moving back towards 2019 averages. It isn’t there yet. As of June 29 the 7 day moving average of attendance was 86% of what it was for the full 2019 season. But the reopening is still on a faster timetable than league officials envisioned when the season started, and does show that people’s willingness to return to crowds and socialize remains intact.