The Minor League Baseball season, including the Altoona Curve and the Eastern League, was officially canceled on June 30. This page is dedicated to updates and answers to frequently asked questions.
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).
NOTE: Our offices are currently operating under reduced hours. We are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also available by email, phone and instant message on our social media platforms.
- March 12, 2020: Access to Peoples Natural Gas Field suspended due to coronavirus
- April 22, 2020: Curve organize online raffles and auctions for COVID-19 relief
- April 24, 2020: Nuts For You, Curve offer free ballpark snacks
- April 29, 2020: Curve join Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY first campaign
- May 1, 2020: Curve Burger drive-through service coming to PNG Field
- May 5, 2020: Voices of Blair County to assemble at PNG Field
- June 10, 2020: WTAJ, WRTA to broadcast Fourth of July Fireworks from PNG Field
- June 15, 2020: New dine-in service, Curve Burger take-out and happy hour on tap at the ballpark
- June 24, 2020: Parking spaces for sale to watch July 4 fireworks at PNG Field
- June 25, 2020: Pirates to use PNG Field for alternative training facility for taxi squad players
- June 30, 2020: Curve and Minor League Baseball's 2020 season canceled
Why was the season canceled?
The decision by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball was deliberated for several months as new information about the novel coronavirus was uncovered. MLB and it's teams are able to lean on lucrative media contracts and other revenue streams that MiLB teams do not have. MiLB clubs rely heavily on the revenue generated by fans inside the ballpark. With health and safety at the forefront, MLB found a path to bring baseball back without fans being able to attend games. Another a component to MLB's return-to-play plans included not sending players to affiliates and implementing a "taxi squad" for each organization to replenish the MLB roster when needed.
What happens if I have tickets for a game (or games) in 2020?
Tickets that were paid for can be transferred to the 2021 season. This includes all season ticket packages, mini plans, flex books, groups, luxury suites and individual game tickets. Our commitment is always to put our fans first and do what is right. We encourage anyone that purchased individual game tickets or a ticket plan to call the Altoona Curve Ticket Office to work out an individualized solution to their 2020 tickets. You can call the Ticket Office at 814-943-5400 (local) or 877-99-CURVE (toll free) between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Further questions about tickets can be directed to the Director of Ticketing, Jess Knott, by calling 814-283-3130 or via email at [email protected].
What will happen to promotional items and giveaways scheduled for the 2020 season?
Many promotional items such as giveaways were ordered and received by the Curve in preparation for the upcoming season. We plan to incorporate all of those promotional items (bobbleheads, specialty jerseys, other giveaways) into the 2021 promotions calendar.
What does "alternative training site" mean?
The Pittsburgh Pirates will use PNG Field in Altoona to host the team's taxi squad/satellite camp for the duration of the 2020 season. Each MLB team submitted a list of 60 eligible players (members of the 40-man roster plus 20 additional players) to use at some point during the season. The regular season will begin with 30 players on the active MLB roster, with that total being cut to 28 after two weeks and 26 after four weeks of the season. Players who are not on the active roster will work out at PNG Field to remain in game shape in case the Pirates need to call up a player to fill out the roster. Activities will include general workouts and intrasquad games. There will be no games against other taxi squads.
Can fans watch taxi squad workouts?
As of right now, there are no plans to allow fans into the ballpark or to provide a live stream to watch taxi squad workouts.
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. Starting Monday, July 20, The Stockyard Team Store will reopen for in-person business. All shoppers should enter through the front office entrance and are subject to a temperature check.
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.
How do limitations on large gatherings impact events already scheduled 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. Click here to view upcoming events at PNG Field.
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.
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