FOX Sports has introduced virtual fans to MLB games, which has been … interesting -- and a lot to get used to.
However, during Saturday’s broadcast of the game between the A’s and San Diego Padres, it showed members of the fake crowd sitting … on the tarps.
The tarps that remain over the top portion of roughly 8,000 seats at Oakland Coliseum pay homage to the retired uniforms in the organization. That’s where they have remained at the appropriately named "Mount Davis" for the most part since 2006.
It was named after the late and former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis back in 1995.
However, the tarps came off to host over 54,000 fans during last season’s AL Wild Card Game, breaking the attendance record for the event.
MLB’s safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic forced teams to play in stadiums without fans. Some teams have incorporated stadium noise and cardboard cutouts of fans. The FOX Sports’ broadcast has been experimenting with the virtual crowd and we’re still getting used to it.
Reminder, these are not real fans, but they do look comfortable and like they’re having a great time.