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Graduations At Globe Life Field Could Be Test Case For MLB Games

The MLB Rangers' Globe Life Field is "contracted to host 49 high school graduations, starting May 29" and more could be added, as the graduations could be "considered something of a dry run for what it might look like when -- and if -- fans are allowed in Globe Life Field for games this season," according to Evan Grant of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Seats for graduates in the lower bowl "will have three seats between them." Families will "sit at a level higher and there will be social distancing between separate family units." A graduation "could bring as many as 5,000 people into the stadium." If MLB does allow fans in at some point this season, it is "likely crowds would be limited to perhaps 25 or 50 percent of capacity." Rangers Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick said of graduations serving as something of a dry run for issues with even bigger crowds, "That would be a fair assumption. We've had a lot of internal conversations about what a return to play might look like" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/21). Rangers Exec VP/Communications John Blake in an email wrote that the costs per district "varies depending on the number of ceremonies, graduates and the total number of attendees, but the costs cover the Rangers' operational expenses to host the ceremonies, which includes enhanced cleaning procedures and increased staffing" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/21).

VIRTUAL GRADUATION: The 49ers and student-first learning platform Chegg, Inc. announced that they will partner to host a virtual graduation for those across the country who are a part of the Class of '20. The graduation will be live-streamed on 49ers.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for fans on May 30 at 5:00pm PT. The virtual ceremony will be hosted by senior team reporter Keiana Martin and include special appearances by 49ers players, musical performances, a commencement address given by former 49ers OT Joe Staley and congratulatory messages for fans across the country (49ers).