WISCONSIN. (WFRV) – Baseball is back – the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and Green Bay Booyah will begin the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 1 as part of a six-member pod including teams from Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Dock Spiders and Booyah will play four other teams – La Crosse Loggers, Rockford Rivets, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, and the Wisconsin Woodchucks – from July 1 to August 20. The season will be capped with a two-day, pod playoff series.
Booyah Vice President John Fanta tells Local Five, on June 23 some additional teams in the region could be added. Teams are working through the possibility of opening later in July, meaning the pod could expand before the season ends.
New guidelines have been established at Marian University’s Herr-Baker Field, home of the Dock Spiders. Guidelines include cleaning and social distancing protocols, capacity reduced to 25 percent of normal stadium capacity, and all family groups will be seated at least six feet away from other families/individuals.
“We’re excited to get baseball back to Fond du Lac this summer, and we are determined to create a safe place for fans to watch baseball in 2020”, said Chris Ward, the General Manager for the Dock Spiders. “While we will be limited to a small number of fans in attendance for our home games, we know the community and Fondy Faithful fanbase will support the team all summer long.”
“As we are all excited to see baseball coming back, we also take very seriously our role in the greater Fond du Lac community to not only welcome fans back safely, but to be a part of the process of helping get this community back to some sense of normalcy, both physically and mentally,” added Dock Spiders Team President Rob Zerjav.
Fans who have purchased season ticket packages and mini-plans have been contacted by the Dock Spiders front office to coordinate tickets for new games.
The Booyah released details regarding their safety protocol for the upcoming season. No cash transactions will be accepted, a smartphone app will be available to order food from and pick up at the concession stands to eliminate the long lines, groups of fans will be placed six feet apart, there will be about 1,000 fans per game although Capital Credit Union Park holds 4,000, and more.
Players heading to Green Bay for the 2020 summer season will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and quarantined until a negative test comes back. Once a negative test is received, players will meet their host families and begin team work outs which will begin one week before the season opener on July 1. No locker rooms and clubhouses will be used and players will show up to the field to begin their daily workouts.
The Booyah will prioritize their season ticket holders first and then open the remaining tickets of their newly social distanced capacity in 2020 to the public.
“There’s just excitement in the community, our social media comments, and there’s a lot of people looking forward to getting back out enjoying a cold beverage, a hot dog, and some baseball.” says Booyah Vice President John Fanta.
Single-game tickets for the abbreviated 2020 season will go on sale next week. Details regarding the exact date and time will be communicated once the schedule is released.