In response to recent developments relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Minor League Baseball's season has been delayed indefinitely. This page is dedicated to updates and answers to frequently asked questions and will be updated when new information becomes available.
If a question or concern is not covered on this page, we encourage fans to contact the Altoona Curve front office by calling 877.99.CURVE (toll free) or 814-943-5400 (local calls).
May 15, 2020: With Blair County moving into the "Yellow Phase" of Pennsylvania's reopening, the Curve office will continue to be closed to the public and staff members will continue to conduct business from home. Team employees can still be reached via email and phone. Click here for Front Office Directory.
Binghamton, N.Y. - The 2020 Eastern League All-Star Game, presented by Ephesus Lighting, slated to take place at NYSEG Stadium on Wednesday, July 15th has been canceled. Subsequently, the 2020 Home Run Derby taking place on Tuesday, July 14th has been canceled as well. MiLB canceled the game due to the delay of the 2020 Regular Season as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rumble Ponies team president John Hughes stated, "This is a very unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 virus. I know how much went into this from our community. The fans, the elected officials, and the team went all in to put our best foot forward. We are now shifting our focus to providing an incredibly action packed schedule into a condensed season. I remain committed to providing a safe and memorable experience for this community and look forward to our 2020 Opening day."
Tickets for the Eastern League All-Star Game and/or Home Run Derby may be exchanged for (2) 2020 Regular Season, of equal or lesser value. Fans wishing to receive a refund may reach out to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Front Office at such time that the stadium re-opens. More details are to come.
*Courtesy of Binghamton Rumble Ponies and Eastern League of Professional Baseball
March 13, 2020: Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner released the following statement regarding the delay of Minor League Baseball Opening Day due to the coronavirus pandemic:
Dear Minor League Baseball Fans,
As you may be aware, with the closure of Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida in response to the coronavirus outbreak across the country, the Minor League Baseball season will not start on April 9 as planned.
With the health and well-being of the players, umpires, team employees and our fans in mind, we will continue to monitor the developments and follow guidelines set forth by public health agencies and our partners at Major League Baseball.
Once the public health experts and agencies have decided it is safe to begin the 2020 season, and the players are physically ready to begin the season, we will do so. But, for now, I ask all fans to follow the protocols set forth by public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and your local government authorities.
Please visit MiLB.com to stay connected with your local team. Questions about exchanging tickets, refunds and other general questions should be directed to your local team.
Your health and safety are the top priority right now and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.
President & CEO
Minor League Baseball
March 12, 2020: Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued the following statement following Major League Baseball's plan to delay the 2020 season:
“In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.”
Statement by the Altoona Curve:
“To protect the safety of the public and our employees, we will not be accepting face-to-face interactions from the general public beginning on Friday, March 13. Our best course of action is to limit in-person interactions to create a secure environment for our employees. While we won’t be accepting visitors to the ballpark at this time, our staff will still be accessible via phone, email and messages on social media. We encourage our fans remain patient and adhere to all of the important guidelines established by the CDC and other public health organizations.”
When will the season start?
As of today, a specific start date is unknown. Major League Baseball originally suspended the start of the season by two weeks but recognized the initial April 9 target date was not feasible due to the CDC's recommendation of no large gatherings for up to eight weeks. Minor League Baseball has not yet specified a start date for the 2020 season, but they are currently working with Major League Baseball to determine an appropriate time frame. Given the uncertainty regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the potential effectiveness of all of the measures currently in place, it could be some time before we have clarity on our start date.
How many games will the team play in 2020?
As of today, the number of games each team will play during the 2020 season is unknown. Once a start date is determined we will know how many games the 2020 season will include. It is plausible that the end of the season will be extended. Whether that is sufficient to make up for the loss of games at the start of the season or not will depend on a variety of factors which, as of now, remain uncertain.
Will there be attendance restrictions when games resume?
That is currently unknown. We will follow any protocols in place for public gatherings in our area when games resume.
Are hours of operation and access to the ballpark remaining the same?
Peoples Natural Gas Field is closed to the general public until further notice to protect the health and safety of Curve employees and fans. We encourage everyone to practice proper social distancing and follow all recommendations handed down by the CDC and public health organizations.
Although The Stockyard Team Store will not allow in-person shopping at this time, online shopping and shipping will continue. You can shop The Stockyard Team Store by clicking here.
If you have to reach a specific member of the front office staff, all Curve employees are still accessible by phone and email. Click here to view the Front Office Directory.
Does the delay to start the 2020 season impact events already scheduled for later in the season at PNG Field?
All events scheduled for later in the season are not affected at this time and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis going forward.
Is PNG Field prepared to provide a clean and healthy environment for fans?
PNG Field has always provided a safe, clean and healthy environment for fans during all games and events. We will be taking all additional precautions recommended by the CDC and public health organizations once our facility reopens to the public. We continue to make the health of guests our top priority and ensure that every possible measure will be taken to ensure the future health of guests to PNG Field.
What happens if I have tickets for a game that ends up not being played?
At this time, we plan to treat tickets to an unplayed game the same as if that game was rained out. The ticket can be exchanged for any remaining game during the 2020 season, based on availability. As we better understand a start date for the 2020 season, we will evaluate this policy and make a determination if other solutions should be needed. Our commitment is always to put our fans first and do what is right to show our commitment.
Are you still accepting applications to work at the ballpark this season?
We are still actively accepting applications for those interested in working at PNG Field for the 2020 season. However, we will not be making any employment decisions at this time and ask all applicants to remain patient while we await further information about the start of the 2020 campaign. You can submit an application online by clicking here.