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Covid-19: Season Updates & FAQ's

March 18, 2020

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions you may have regarding how Covid-19 affects the Louisville Bats, Louisville Slugger Field, and the start of the 2020 season. We will be updating this page with any adjustments to our policies regarding any cancelled or postponed games/events. These updates will also be posted

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions you may have regarding how Covid-19 affects the Louisville Bats, Louisville Slugger Field, and the start of the 2020 season.

We will be updating this page with any adjustments to our policies regarding any cancelled or postponed games/events. These updates will also be posted on our social channels. We encourage you to follow those channels to get the most up-to-date information and reach out with any questions you might have.

When will the season start?

While we don’t have an official Opening Day set at this time, we do know the start of the season will be delayed. In accordance with the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding gatherings of groups of 50 or more people, our partners at MLB have committed to an 8-week (starting March 16) delay. MiLB clubs will be working in tandem with MLB to determine our schedule as the situation develops.

How will the schedule change to accommodate the late start?

The situation is not set in stone, so we can’t say for sure how the schedule will be impacted right now. We are treating all game affected by the delay as “postponed events.” MLB has communicated the goal is to make up and play a full season, if possible. We are operating under the same policy with the goal of retuning to normal operating procedures to play as many games as possible.

I have tickets to the home opener and/or other games, what does this mean for me?

Fans who purchased a ticket to a game that has been cancelled due to the delayed start to the season will be able to exchange their tickets for any remaining home game during the 2020 season. This includes the rescheduled date of the Bats' first home game in 2020, once announced.

I have tickets to Thunder at Slugger, what does this mean for me/ will there be a Thunder at Slugger Game?

The City of Louisville has rescheduled Thunder Over Louisville for Saturday, August 15. The Bats currently have a home game scheduled for August 15 and we plan to host our annual Thunder at Slugger event on that date. Fans who purchased tickets for the April 18 game will be able to exchange those tickets for the rescheduled August 15 game.

What is the status of the Open House on March 28?

The Open House scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. We plan to reschedule the Open House once we know the start date of the 2020 season. We will announce the date and details as soon as the new date is determined.

Can we still visit the team store and Louisville Slugger Field?

We understand fans still want to stock up on gear for the upcoming season, however in the interest of the health and safety of our staff, we have closed LSF to all visitors and non-essential employees for the time being. We encourage fans to shop online or give our ticket office a call during normal business hours, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. The ticket office can be reached at (855) 228-8497.

What is Minor League Baseball communicating with its clubs?

We have been working closely with Minor League Baseball as the current situation has unfolded. Minor League Baseball also released the following statement following the initial delay of the 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.”