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2020 Season Updates

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.

Do you have questions? Contact us.

Updates & Statements

Statement by Minor League Baseball:

“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.”

From Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner:

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.

Sincerely,

Pat O’Conner
President & CEO
Minor League Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve announced on June 25 that Peoples Natural Gas Field will serve as the team's secondary training facility during the 2020 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 aren’t on the active roster will work out at PNG Field to remain in game shape.

From Altoona Curve general manager Derek Martin: “The Curve and Pirates have shared a remarkable relationship since 1999. Being chosen as the alternate training facility really reinforces the strength of that relationship. Being 90 miles from PNC Park, Altoona is a great location to allow the Pirates to get a player to Pittsburgh, or wherever they need to get to, quickly and safely.”

Statement by Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington: “The Pirates organization is appreciative of the long-standing relationship we have had for over two decades with the Altoona Curve. The people, proximity, along with the first-class facility, makes Peoples Natural Gas Field an ideal choice to safely host our alternate training site for the upcoming season.”

Minor League Baseball announced the cancellation of the 2020 season on Tuesday due to the impacts of COVID-19, resulting in no games for the Altoona Curve and it’s Eastern League opponents this year.

The decision was reached after Tuesday’s meeting involving MiLB’s board of trustees, which includes at least one representative from all 14 leagues. The primary concern after consultation with medical professionals and Major League Baseball officials is the safety of fans, players and staff members. Another contributing factor includes Major League Baseball and it’s 30 clubs will not provide players to affiliated teams as part of MLB’s return-to-play procedures.

From Altoona Curve general manager Derek Martin: “We are obviously very saddened by the news that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season is officially canceled. This pandemic has affected everyone and we wish we could provide a much-needed distraction this summer. However, the safety of our fans, employees and the players that take the field are much more important. Our organization couldn’t be more appreciative of the support and patience of our community while we navigated all the uncertainty of the past several months. Now that we have some answers, we will continue to be in communication with all of our ticket holders and sponsors to continue to discuss plans moving forward.”

From Minor League Baseball President President & CEO Pat O'Conner: “These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played. While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”

Frequently Asked Questions

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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