By Eric Christensen

DENVER (CBS4) — More than 21,000 fans will be able to attend Colorado Rockies home games this year, including the home opener on April 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team announced Tuesday that the State of Colorado has approved a 42.6% capacity variance beginning on April 1. This is an increase from the previous approval of 12,500 fans.

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“We have been working closely with the State of Colorado and MLB to develop a plan to accommodate additional fans at Coors Field. As conditions continue to improve, the state has approved the outdoor facility for a 42.6% capacity variance beginning April 1,” officials tweeted.

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“We couldn’t be happier to be inviting Rockies fans back into Coors Field,” said Rockies COO Greg Feasel. “It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people, and we thank the State of Colorado, the City and County of Denver, and their health officials, along with MLB for partnering with us to ensure that our thorough and detailed plan complies with all health and safety measures.”

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The Rockies will begin selling tickets to April home games on March 11. Season ticket holders will have first crack at purchasing tickets.

Eric Christensen