Health and safety top priority
After a year without baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team made a comeback the first week of May 2021.
“In working with local health officials and Major League Baseball, we are confident we will create a safe environment for all involved parties,” said Rusty Meeks, Travelers Executive Vice President/CEO, in a news release. “After no Travelers baseball last summer, we are eagerly anticipating the opening of the 2021 season.”
Attendance will be allowed but restricted at Travelers home games due to local and state ordinances. All fans attending games will be required to follow local health guidelines for public gatherings as well as the Travelers newly implemented clear bag policy for entering the stadium. Season tickets holders will be contacted by a ticket representative on how season tickets will be handled in 2021.
To preserve the safety of staff, players and guests, the Arkansas Travelers have outlined health and safety protocols here.
Of the 120 game Double-A Central League schedule, 60 will be at home. That includes 12 consecutive home contests to open the season over a 13 day span. The Travelers will host games on both Mother’s Day (May 9) and Father’s Day (June 20). For the 2021 season, the league schedule will utilize six game series against a single opponent running from Tuesday through Sunday each week with every Monday being an off day. The season is expected to last 20 weeks.
Arkansas will play only six of their nine league rivals in 2021 in an effort to reduce travel for player health and safety. The Travs will take on the Corpus Christi Hooks (12 games, six at home), Frisco RoughRiders (12 games, six at home), Northwest Arkansas Naturals (24 games, 12 at home), Springfield Cardinals (30 games, 12 at home), Tulsa Drillers (18 games, 12 at home) and Wichita Wind Surge (24 games, 12 at home). While the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Midland RockHounds and San Antonio Missions do not appear on the schedule this season.
By month, the Travelers will host 18 games in May, six in June, 12 in July, 19 in August and five in September. The season concludes on Sunday September 19 with a road game at Wichita. All dates and games are subject to change.
2021 promotions include crowd favorites, such as “Dog Days of Summer”; Pyro in the Park; post-game firework shows; clunker car night and faith & family night.
About the Arkansas Travelers
Founded in 1901, the Arkansas Travelers are the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and call Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock home.
Additional information about the Travelers schedule and the upcoming 2021 season including the new clear bag policy will be provided when available. For all the latest information with the club and events at the ballpark, log on to travs.com or follow the Travelers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.