Minor league baseball is back this year, with the Stockton Ports taking the field for their home opener May 11.
It's been a while since we've heard the crack of a bat at Banner Island Ballpark, as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered last year's season early. But the Stockton Ports return to the field for their home opener Tuesday, May 11.
There are a lot of reasons to enjoy a game; in fact we list them here. Chief among them is the chance to get outdoors after a long year and support the local community.
Seating will be limited based on the current tier of San Joaquin County's COVID status. At the moment, the plan is to allow 20% capacity, meaning there will be about 1000 seats. That will jump to 33% once the county moves to the Orange Tier, giving another 700 or so fans the chance to see a game.
Management has created a seating system that limits groups to six people, with each group being separated from the others by at least six feet. This helps ensure social distancing guidelines set forth by health officials. Ticketing will also be done online in advance, with no will-call option to limit interactions.
The team has several ticketing options for fans looking to get in on the action this season. There are full and half-season memberships, 12 or 8-game mini plans and a 25-game voucher pack, among others. If you're still not sure about attending a game, other seats will be filled with cutouts of fans that you can order, allowing you to still show your support for the home team.
Most of the team's games that happen Tuesday-Saturday will start at 7:05 pm, with the exception of the July 3 and September 14 games. First pitch for Sunday games will happen at 2:09 pm. (Like the area code. See what they did there?)
The San Jose Giants will be the first team to visit this season. To get your tickets and to learn more, head over to the Stockton Ports' website.
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