JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are officially back. It has been almost two years full of hurdles, setbacks and rejections, but now the 2021 season is in full swing.
“I’m excited. I’m ready to go,” said Andy Foster when he picked up his season tickets. “It’s my bucket of popcorn. It’s what I love in life and one thing I will enjoy in my retirement. “
Foster and his wife are baseball fanatics. The retired military couple have always vowed to be season ticket holders everywhere. As a military family, they were stationed in many locations including Norfolk and Scranton. Now that I lived in Jacksonville, getting tickets to the Jumbo Shrimp was only fitting.
“We’re really excited that the season is finally coming back,” said Foster.
The last time the Jumbo Shrimp played a team on the field was August 26, 2019. Their 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.
Action News Jax announced in July 2020 when the team asked the City of Jacksonville for rent relief. It was approved for $ 120,000 for a 6 month rental.
The troubles didn’t stop there. The season was supposed to start as early as April but has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Just because they want the players to be vaccinated,” said Scott Kornberg, media relations manager. “Most of these guys got their second shot last week.”
For the most part, everything stays the same on the field. You can see the changes on the stand.
The stadium is 45% full, which equates to around 5,000 fans. Some seats are separated with zip ties to ensure people stay socially distant. Masks must also always be worn unless they are actively eating or drinking.
“The hope is that as vaccines become more widespread, our ballpark will open up,” said Kornberg.
The team evaluates capacity and other protocols on a month-to-month basis.
They will publish tickets for their summer games by mid-May. Depending on where we are with COVID-19, some spots could be added.
For more informations. Visit www.milb.com/jacksonville.