The State of Ohio has approved the Toledo Mud Hens' safety plan to allow 30 percent capacity at Fifth Third Field when the season opens on May 4, 2021.
The team can now host up to 4,000 fans per game. The actual game-to-game capacity number will fluctuate between 2,700 and 4,000, depending on how seating pods are sold, in groups of one to six, with all social distancing protocols in place. The 30 percent capacity number is based on the seats available in the bowl plus the additional seating areas around the ballpark.
“We’d like to thank the Governor and Ohio Health Department, along with our local health advisors for their support and guidance during this process,” said Mud Hens General Manager Erik Ibsen. “A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to get to this point; every approval brings us one step closer to normal. We are counting down the days until we can safely reopen and welcome our fans back.”
Fans can expect the 2021 health and safety protocols at every game: mandatory masks for all attendees aged two years and above, socially distanced pod seating, designated entrances, digital ticketing, enhanced cleaning protocols and plenty of hand sanitizers.
Mud Hens announce May 4 as new 2021 season start date
On March 2, Major League Baseball informed us that the start of the 2021 season has been delayed by approximately four weeks. As a result, the Mud Hens will now open their season on Tuesday, May 4 against the Nashville Sounds.
We are disappointed to receive this news so soon after announcing the return of Mud Hens baseball. What is more disappointing is having to ask for your continued patience once again with us.
Here is what we learned:
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred determined for health and safety reasons to delay the Triple-A season by approximately a month. By pushing the start to May, MLB stated that Minor League players could be eligible for the vaccine prior to their assignment to affiliates located throughout the United States.
Here is what we know:
The Detroit Tigers will utilize Fifth Third Field as an alternate training site to begin the season. The taxi squad will arrive the first part of April. We are working on plans for fans to watch these workouts.
- Our Opening Days will be May 4 through May 9 against the Nashville Sounds.
- The 2021 Mud Hens season will now be 120 games (60 home, 60 away).
- The remaining schedule will stay the same, except for the addition of two home dates on July 13 and July 14.
Click HERE to view and download our updated 2021 schedule.
Flock Members remain our top priority. We will share the new plans for the season soon. As always, please reach out to your Ticket Consultant with any questions.