Baseball is back in Jacksonville.
After a lost season due to the coronavirus pandemic and a mountain of changes after that, the Jumbo Shrimp kick off their 2021 season on Tuesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at 121 Financial Ballpark.
The Norfolk Tides are in town for a six-game homestand with the Jumbo Shrimp. The first pitch of the season was at 7:05 p.m.
There have been quite a few changes since the Jumbo Shrimp last played in a home game in Jacksonville.
For starters, the Jumbo Shrimp made the jump to Triple-A as Major League Baseball streamlined the minor league system. Jacksonville had played in the Double-A Southern League since 1970.
Coronavirus safety precautions are still in place, with a 45% capacity at the field. Fans were asked to wear masks.