NEW YORK — While the major league baseball season presses on amid the coronavirus pandemic, the ban on fans at games has created a perilous situation for businesses who rely on fans for survival.
The situation is particularly dire in places like New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Boston.
The stadiums in those cities are located in neighborhoods filled with small businesses such as bars and restaurants that need the influx of fans to help make ends meet.
In the Bronx, baseball games are usually big business for shops and restaurants outside Yankee Stadium, but with fans stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, those establishments aren’t sure they’ll survive.
Desperate for aid, those businesses have turned to the Yankees, pleading for assistance from baseball’s powerhouse franchise.
One local leader is organizing a protest outside Yankee Stadium on Thursday, asking the team for $10 million to help bail out businesses that haven't been successful in landing city-based emergency relief grants.
While many establishments have already closed, some are holding out hope that things will return to normal in 2021.