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Little League brings back full capacity seating

FILE PHOTO (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

It’s been a little while since the Little League World Series had fans in full capacity in South Williamsport. Since Aug. 25, 2019, to be precise when Louisiana defeated Curacao in the championship game. There will be fans in its full capacity once again though this year as Little League celebrates its 75th anniversary of the Little League World Series. Little League International made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The annual Series runs in South Williamsport from Aug. 17-28.

“We are thrilled to bring back our amazing fans from all over the world this year as we come to celebrate 75 years of this great event, and we want to make sure that the fan experience is as enjoyable and safe as possible,” said Patrick W. Wilson, Little League International Chief Operating Officer and Tournament Director. “In order to ensure that fans have the fastest entry into our complex and enjoy every moment of their experience at our event this summer, we encourage all visitors to be aware of the policies and information prior to arriving at our gates. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Williamsport, and hope you enjoy this year’s celebration with us.”

This year, the Series is expanding to 20 teams.

Little League International did announce key security and visitation policies as well, including a new bag policy and updates to gate access areas.

Fans will only be permitted to bring in one clear bag made of plastic, vinyl or PVC that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, and one small purse or bag that does not exceed 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Visitors with medically necessary bags and/or diaper bags (person carrying diaper bag must be accompanied by a child under the age of 3) will be permitted but subject through a bag search at a separate, dedicated screening line at the entrance.

All visitors looking to access the complex will be required to enter through Gate 3, the main entrance located down the left-field line of Volunteer Stadium along Champions Way. In the days leading up to the tournament (Aug. 11-16), the complex will be open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

During the first phase of the tournament on Aug. 17-25, the complex will be open starting at 10 a.m. each day (7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21) and close one hour after the last out of the final game. For Championship Weekend (Aug. 27-28), the complex will open at 8 a.m. and close one hour after the last out of the final game.

Admission onto the Little League is free as it has been in previous years, and there is no cost for Little League World Series tickets. Prior to championship weekend, stadium seating in both stadiums is available on a first-come, first-served basis outside of Section 1. On championship weekend, tickets are required for access into the stadium for all championship games and are typically not available to the public as they are provided to league volunteers and special guests. If tickets become available, they will be distributed from will call, which is located on the third-base side behind home plate of Lamade Stadium) on a first come, first-served basis.

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