Spring Training baseball is back for the 2021 season. This year will look different as the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and city of Peoria prepare for a safe season at the Peoria Sports Complex, including a unique virtual fan experience. Tickets went on sale Feb. 24.
“While health and safety are clearly at the top of the list of the most important aspects of our lives, baseball is a close second,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat.
“We are excited to welcome the Mariners and the Padres back to their Spring Training home, and I am proud to see that we have developed a plan that allows fans to safely enjoy America’s favorite pastime at the Peoria Sports Complex.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of the Major League Baseball Spring Training stadiums will operate at significantly reduced capacities with a reduced number of fans at each game.
The Peoria Sports Complex will host 1,960 fans, 16% of the total stadium capacity. To ensure MLB safety protocols, a seating pod system will be employed in the stadium that encourages physical distancing to allow households and immediate family members to sit together.
Tickets will be sold in “pods” of one to four tickets for the seating bowl. Berm seating will be sold in pods of two, four or six tickets. Locations for the pods will be clearly marked and physically distanced from other pods. Fans who would like to attend a game can expect the following changes:
•Facial masks will be required for everyone 2 years old and older throughout the stadium except when actively eating and drinking in their designated seats.
•Practices and Autograph Alley will be closed to the public.
•Hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ballpark.
•No season and group tickets available.
•The stadium will be a cashless facility, using credit or debit payments only at the ticket office and concession stands.
•Parking will be complimentary, and tailgating will be prohibited.
•The Team Store is tentatively scheduled to open on Sunday, Feb. 28. Check the Peoria Sports Complex website for updates.
•Employees will complete COVID-19 symptom screenings prior to their shifts.
•Some games may be shortened from the typical nine innings to seven or five innings this year, upon mutual agreement of both managers.
In addition to these changes, the Peoria Sports Complex will offer an engaging virtual fan experience for all Spring Training fans. Follow the Peoria Sports Complex Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for baseball fun and prizes throughout the season.
The Peoria Sports Complex Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to Saturday, Feb. 27. When games start, the ticket office will be open daily at 9 a.m. for day games and noon for night games.
For more information, visit peoriasportscomplex.com or call 623-773-8700.