San Diego Padres spring training canceled, start of season delayed

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Posted at 1:18 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 15:49:35-04

UPDATE: Thursday, Major League Baseball has decided to cancel the rest of spring training and delay the start of the season by at least two weeks.

Original story follows...

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Padres say they do not plan to make any changes to their schedule over the coronavirus at this time.

The team said there are no current plans to adjust the team's spring training or regular season schedules due to concerns over COVID-19.

The team is also in regular contact with Major League Baseball over what steps to take in the future, according to a statement from President of Business Operations Erik Greupner.

“Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, players and employees is our number one priority. We are in regular contact with Major League Baseball and numerous health and government agencies, including the CDC, and while we have been informed that the immediate health risk in the San Diego region is low at this time, we are proactively taking increased measures to keep our facilities clean and safe, including our Spring Training facility in Peoria, Ariz. We have also been relying on the guidance and assistance from our excellent team of doctors at UC San Diego Health, which has been helping to lead our region’s response to the coronavirus," Greupner wrote.


Some sports events, however, are facing fan-less games or moving entirely.

Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners announced that all March games will not be played at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large group events through March.

"The Seattle Mariners are working with the Major League baseball Office of the Commissioner on alternative plans for our games..." a team statement read.

The Golden State Warriors were another major sports team to announce a change this week, as Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets will be played without fans, after San Francisco banned large events of more than 1,000 people.