As sporting events across the country are planning to be played without fans in attendance, many are taking time to applaud the Miami Marlins for first leading the effort, which they started nearly 30 years ago to avoid coronavirus.

“We don’t know yet how we plan to begin the season, but we would like to take time to applaud the Miami Marlins for pioneering safety efforts for years,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said at a news conference Wednesday. “Since 1993, they’ve taken extra steps to ensure fans are not exposed to this dangerous disease. They should be thanked for being ahead of the game.”

The Marlins plan to continue this practice this season and indefinitely.