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No more 'fake crowd noise' as fans return to the MLB for first time since March

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Instead of fake crowd noise, baseball stars are reacquainting themselves with some old friends -- fans and the sounds they make.

(CNN)Instead of fake crowd noise, baseball stars are reacquainting themselves with some old friends -- fans and the sounds they make.

For the first time since March, which was when the Major League Baseball shut down spring training because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans were able to watch their beloved MLB teams duke it out in person on Monday.

And those 11,500 fans were sprinkled around the stands as the NLCS kicked off between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For the players, the return of the fans was "much needed," according to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

It's just great to have baseball fans in the stands again.

Hopefully they were very happy for the first game of the 2020 season and hopefully they come out tomorrow and get another good show. "

While stadiums have been empty during the MLB regular season, elsewhere in the US, a limited number of fans have been permitted at certain NFL games.

Baseball in South Korea will see fans return for the first time in almost two months on Tuesday with around 20% of capacity, the Korea Baseball Organization announced.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, where the country's handling of the pandemic has meant there are very few cases, 31,000 fans -- who weren't wearing masks -- packed in to watch the All Blacks play Australia in the Bledisloe Cup. For the second game of the series, a crowd of almost 47,000 is expected to pack into Auckland's Eden Park on Sunday.

Monday's game between the Braves and the Dodgers was the first 2020 playoff game with fans in the stands.

"I really noticed all the Braves fans.

The people were into it, and good for them to be able to go to a ballgame and see a game of this caliber. "

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