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Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward shoots over Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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The Houston Astros will permit up to 50% percent capacity at Minute Maid Park for regular-season games in April. The team says that number will allow fans to stay physically distanced inside the stadium.

The home opener for the Astros is April 8 against Oakland. Houston hosts 14 games in April -- Oakland and Detroit visit for three each, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle play four times.

The last time fans were permitted at Minute Maid Park to see the Astros was Game 7 of the 2019 World Series against Washington. The announced attendance was 43,326.


The Charlotte Hornets will allow approximately 5,000 fans to attend NBA home games beginning March 26 against Miami, or about 25% percent of the Spectrum Center’s seating capacity.

That’s a 10% increase from the 3,000 fans that were allowed to attend home games beginning March 13.