JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take the field at 121 Financial Ballpark for the first time in 20 months.
Tuesday’s opening night will also mark the return of Jacksonville baseball to Triple-A ranks for the first time since 1968.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m., but unless you’ve already got a ticket, you’ll have to attend one of the other games of the series -- or the six-game opening homestand against the Norfolk Tides.
“I’m still getting some butterflies in my stomach because it doesn’t matter where you are opening day, it’s always exciting -- and more so this year because the fans will be allowed to be back in the stands, supporting their team,” said Jumbo Shrimp manager Al Pedrique. “I just ask the fans to be careful, be smart and protect themselves to make sure that everybody that comes to the park enjoys a great atmosphere.”
Currently, the Jumbo Shrimp are only filling the stadium to 45% capacity. This allows a little less than 5,000 fans per game. The seats are zip-tied in the ballpark to allow for social distancing between groups.
For fans attending the games, masks must always be on unless guests are actively eating and drinking.
Following the Tuesday game, the Shrimp will light up the sky with postgame fireworks. Two more games of series will feature fireworks shows and a Stone Garrett bobblehead giveaway.