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Japan to open stadiums to full capacity in Olympic trial run

Baseball games serve as test to analyze coronavirus risks

Fans attend a baseball game at Yokohoma Stadium in September. The venue is scheduled to host baseball and softball at next summer's Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Professional baseball games scheduled for next weekend will serve as a testing ground for higher capacity limits than permitted under current coronavirus precautions as Japan prepares to host the Summer Olympics next year.

Venues with a capacity of more than 10,000 attendees are capped at 50% in Japan. But with the approval of the government's coronavirus task force, tickets made available for three games hosted by the Yokohama DeNA BayStars from Friday through Sunday will be 80%, 90% and 100% of capacity at the 32,000-seat ballpark.

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