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2021 Season FAQ

General Information

This page will be updated as new details are available. Thanks for your support, flexibility and understanding.

What is the status of the 2021 season?

The 2021 season is scheduled to be 120 games running from May 4-September 19. The SeaWolves are slated to play 60 home games at UPMC Park, with Plyler Entry Systems Opening Night scheduled for Tuesday, May 11. Game times and select promotions have been announced,

Will fans be allowed to attend?

Fans are currently allowed to attend sporting events in Pennsylvania, but the maximum occupancy is limited by the State of Pennsylvania to 50% capacity (provided that attendees and employees can maintain physical distancing of six or more feet). Given these restrictions, UPMC Park will be able to host roughly 1,200 guests in the seating bowl and approximately 500 additional seats in group and hospitality areas such as suites, picnic areas, and the Stadium Club. Effective May 31, 2021, UPMC Park will be allowed full capacity as long as fans wear masks at all times except when actively eating or drinking.

Will masks be required?

Current protocols established by Major League Baseball require that all attendees ages two years and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times on ballpark property other than when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats.

Will seating be limited?

For all May games, fans can purchase “pod” seating of up to six seats that are physically distant from other ticket buyers. In compliance with Major League Baseball’s protocols for player safety, a minimum 12-foot buffer will be established between the front of the dugout and the nearest seated patron. Additional requirements will apply to standing room areas near each bullpen.

Will food service be available?

Yes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at UPMC Park. We expect that some prior menu items, specials, and packaging options may not be available for part or all of the 2021 season. We anticipate the use of more products in fully enclosed containers. Condiment stands will be retired in favor of packaged condiments, and buffet offerings are likely to be replaced by pre-portioned meals. We strongly encourage the use of credit card payments.

Will I be required to provide proof of vaccination?

At this time, Major League Baseball does not intend to require testing, temperature checks, or proof of vaccination before entering a Minor League ballpark.

Will bags be permitted?

To minimize touch points between gameday employees and fans, and to prevent crowding at ingress, only medical bags, manufactured diaper bags (accompanying infants and young children), and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5” x 6.5”) will be allowed during the 2021 season.

Are there other safety precautions expected?

Fans can anticipate the addition of hand sanitizer stations near each food service area at UPMC Park. We will also observe all current physical distancing requirements in the seating bowl and in any common areas of the park such as concession lines, entry/exit gates, and restrooms. We ask that fans observe all posted signage and practice critical personal care practices such as using face coverings and hand-washing. Additionally, we ask that patrons remove all personal trash from their seating area and dispose of it in a waste receptacle to reduce the risk to fans and employees alike. Stadium cleaning protocols and practices have been updated to ensure the ballpark will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals using products approved by the CDC and EPA for use against COVID-19.

Where do I enter the stadium?

The entrance to UPMC Park has changed. Most fans will enter the ballpark through Gate 1, which is immediately next to the new stadium Ticket Office and Team Store (where 9th Street meets the ballpark). Captain's Club Members can enter the ballpark 15 minutes early on most game days at Gate 2, located near Flagship Funland and the Smith's Hot Dog Hut. Stadium Club ticket holders may enter through the Stadium Club entrance, a glass double-door located between the new Ticket Office and the Erie Insurance Arena. The former entrance near 10th Street will be used for exit only.

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Ticket Information

Can I purchase season tickets?

Season tickets are currently on sale with packages ranging from 17-60 games. Season ticket holders are also known as Captain’s Club Members, and they enjoy special perks depending on their purchase level – Gold (60 games), Silver (34 games), or Copper (17 games). Please call 814-456-1300 to place your order.

Can I purchase single-game tickets?

Any available single-game tickets for May games can now be purchased online. In-person box office hours will begin on Monday, April 26 (Mon-Fri: 10 AM-5 PM; Sat: 10 AM-2 PM). Ticket availability for June-September games will be announced after May 1. We expect single-game tickets will be available for most games, but availability will be very limited based on state, local and Major League Baseball health protocols. We strongly advise advance purchase to eliminate lines and touch points on game day. Furthermore, fans purchasing before game day will save $3 per ticket compared to game day pricing. If you need to access the box office, please be aware that it is now located adjacent to the new entrance to UPMC Park near 9th and French Streets.

Do you still offer the Happy Howler or Jolly Voucher packages?

Except for customers who pre-paid for these packages in 2020, these offerings are no longer available. Both offerings have been replaced by Paw Packs, which include 10 ticket vouchers and will save buyers $55 per package compared to game day pricing. Fans who pre-paid for a Happy Howler package in 2020 will receive all the included benefits. Fans who purchased a Jolly Voucher pack in 2020 will be allowed to exchange their 2020 vouchers for 2021 tickets.

I have a ticket voucher from 2020. Can I use it for a 2021 game?

If single-game tickets are available to be sold, vouchers will be redeemed. If no seats are available for a specific game, then the voucher must be redeemed for another game date.

Will group outings be available?

We will have offerings that will be marketed to groups; however, they will still be subject to pod seating or any other safety measures that may apply at the time. The latest group outing details can be found here.

Will suite holders have the option to have their server/attendant enter their suite?

Yes. That decision will be entirely up to the suite holder.

Can I use coupons from the SaveAround Greater Erie book to purchase 2021 tickets?

No. Despite repeated efforts to have team coupons removed from the book, the publisher did not make the change. As a result, we will not be honoring any SaveAround coupons in 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Promotions & Entertainment

There are no Monday games. What happens to Buck Night?

The SeaWolves have welcomed fans to the ballpark for $1 hot dogs and beers for about 20 years. The promotion has been successful in bringing fans to the ballpark on Mondays, a night that typically brings the lowest attendance numbers across baseball. While it has been successful in drawing fans, it has been increasingly difficult to continue offering these $1 items as the cost of delivering them has increased nearly 50% over that span.

For 2021, Major League Baseball decided that Monday will be a standardized off day across Double-A baseball. With no games in 2020, no Monday games in 2021, and increasing operating costs, we needed to make a sustainable change. At every Thursday home game in 2021, fans can enjoy Smith’s hot dogs, popcorn, domestic draft beers and Pepsi soft drinks for just $2 each. With each of these Thursday prices, fans will save about 50% off (or more) everyday concession prices. If the promotion hadn’t been named Buck Night originally, this change would’ve occurred much sooner. It’s not a decision we considered lightly, but it’s one we feel is necessary for 2021.

Will there be any changes to the game day entertainment?

We do not expect that fans will be allowed on the field of play to compete or perform. Popular promotions, such as the Kids Stampede or T-Shirt Toss, are likely to be deferred until physical distancing requirements have been eliminated. We expect to become more reliant on our premium HD video board to deliver a larger share of the game day fun.

Will there be giveaways or fireworks?

We are planning for Friday night fireworks (starting in June) and Saturday giveaways, but check back often as the promotional schedule is updated regularly. Additionally, giveaway procedures are likely to change to ensure fans can enter the park in a safe and physically distant manner.

Will there be a Kids Fun Zone?

Flagship Funland is located just inside the new main entrance of UPMC Park. Due to COVID-19, we expect this area will populated with carnival-style games in 2021 rather than inflatable bounces and slides with high-touch surfaces. There will be posted limitations to the number of fans who can be in the gated Flagship Funland area at any given time.

Will there be any Bark at the Park games in 2021?

Yes. Fans will be permitted to bring their leashed, well-behaved dogs to four Wednesday night games: June 9, July 28, August 11, and September 1. Dog owners must complete a participation waiver before entering UPMC Park with their dog.

Will the SeaWolves play any games as the Piñatas in 2021?

Yes. The SeaWolves will play three home games as the Erie Piñatas. Those expected game dates are Wed, June 30 (vs. Reading), Wed, July 14 (vs. Bowie), and Wed, September 15 (vs. Richmond).

When are National Anthem tryouts?

National Anthem tryouts will be 100% virtual in 2021. For additional details, please email [email protected].

Will the SeaWolves Kids Crew return in 2021?

We are not presently accepting Kids Crew membership applications for 2021, but we hope to work with team partners to solidify its return in the near future.

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Miscellaneous

Will players be available for autographs?

In compliance with Major League Baseball guidance, on-field personnel will not be available for autographs during the 2021 season.

Where is the nearest parking for guests with a disabilities parking placard?

There are five (5) accessible parking spots on the north side of East 10th Street located immediately next to UPMC Park. These accessible spaces are dedicated to events hosted at UPMC Park, Erie Insurance Arena, or the Warner Theatre. There is one space available in the 9th Street cul-de-sac for short-term uses such as ticket pick-ups or Team Store shopping during non-game hours.

What parking lots are available for attending games and events at UPMC Park?

UPMC Park is a downtown ballpark, and the SeaWolves do not own or control any nearby lots. The Erie Parking Authority operates nearby parking garages at 24 East 8th Street and 25 East 10th Street. There are privately operated lots in the vicinity of UPMC Park which may be available on select game days. The private lot immediately south of UPMC Park was sold in late 2020, and future parking availability in this lot is both unknown and at your own risk. In addition to nearby garages and private lots, Erie offers metered street parking. Some nearby metered spaces may be free after 6 PM and on Sundays.

Will the team continue to offer free game programs?

For the 2021 season, the team will be moving its free game day magazine to a new, all-digital format. Fans will be able to access the magazine from their mobile phones in an easy-to-read, online format. The game day magazine will be accessible from a link on the front page of seawolves.com or by scanning one of several QR codes placed around UPMC Park. This new format will eliminate a high-touch location where fans gather and replace it with a format that will allow content updates throughout each homestand. If a player is added to the roster, the digital program can be updated in a matter of minutes instead of waiting until the following month's issue.

Will the SeaWolves host their annual baseball camp?

At the current time, we do not anticipate hosting a baseball camp in 2021.

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