JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Baseball is back in Jacksonville.
After a lost season due to the coronavirus pandemic and a mountain of changes after that, the Jumbo Shrimp kick off their 2021 season on Tuesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at 121 Financial Ballpark.
The Norfolk Tides are in town for a six-game homestand with the Jumbo Shrimp. The first pitch of the season was at 7:05 p.m.
There have been quite a few changes since the Jumbo Shrimp last played in a home game in Jacksonville.
For starters, the Jumbo Shrimp made the jump to Triple-A as Major League Baseball streamlined the minor league system. Jacksonville had played in the Double-A Southern League since 1970.
Coronavirus safety precautions are still in place, with a 45% capacity at the field. Fans were asked to wear masks.
Theresa Schneider said she’s been coming to the games for 15 years and was upset when last year’s season was cancelled.