Reigning Japanese professional baseball (NPB) champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have announced that they will start selling ‘special tickets’ for the four games scheduled in the first week of September.

The ‘special tickets’ are for the four matches played at the Hawks’ home ballpark, the 40,178-capacity Fukuoka PayPay Dome, namely the September 2 game against Tohoku Rakuten Eagles, and the three games played on September 3, 4, and 5 against the table-topping Orix Buffaloes. The tickets will be sold to the fans who have been fully vaccinated, or who have tested negative in PCR tests taken within one week of the gameday. 

According to the Fukuoka-based broadcaster TNC, the fans can take the free PCR tests provided by the Hawks to prove their eligibility for the special tickets.

The Hawks had announced in May that all of its home games will be played without fans while Fukuoka Prefecture is under a state of emergency. The Prefecture was once again included as an area under the country’s fourth state of emergency from August 20 and the Hawks team has been playing without fans accordingly.

The number of fans allowed for each match will be set as 5,000. The fans will need to purchase the tickets or apply for the team-provided PCR tests up until six days prior to the gameday.

The Hawks claim that its scheme is a first in the Japanese professional sport scene.

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Article provided by The Stadium Hub