Updated: June 30, 2020
Minor League Baseball announced on Tuesday, June 30 that Major League Baseball has informed the league that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a professional Minor League Baseball season in Round Rock in 2020.
Despite the announcement, the Round Rock Express are moving forward to bring baseball back to the Central Texas community through the Round Rock Hairy Men, a temporary expansion team in the Texas Collegiate League as well as many other events at Dell Diamond in a safe, socially distant environment.
“While today’s announcement that there will not be a Minor League Baseball season is truly unprecedented, it is one that we have been preparing for over the last several weeks,” Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez said. “We had remained optimistic about the potential of hosting a Round Rock Express season, but we also began developing plans to bring baseball and other special events to the Central Texas community in a safe and responsible manner.”
“I want to personally thank our sponsors, corporate partners, season ticket members, fans and the entire Central Texas community for their unwavering support during what has been a difficult time for our organization,” Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. “The Round Rock Express will be back, but until then, we are excited for the upcoming Round Rock Hairy Men season and we hope that our community can rally around this team and help support our organization until Minor League Baseball returns.”
This marks the first time that Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled since the league was founded as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues on September 5, 1901.
“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,” Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner said. “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.”
What is the status of the 2020 Round Rock Express season?
On June 30, Major League Baseball announced that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled. Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.
Despite the cancellation, the Round Rock Express are moving forward proactively and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Texas to host a variety of special events at Dell Diamond, including a temporary expansion team in the Texas Collegiate League.
What does the cancellation of the 2020 season mean for my tickets?
Please see below for detailed information regarding each unique membership plan and ticket type.
What happens to the previously announced giveaways, concerts, community awareness and theme nights?
Round Rock Express staff are working diligently to ensure that all previously announced giveaways, concerts, community awareness and theme nights will take place during the 2021 season. The Express will announce the team’s 2021 promotional calendar in the spring of 2021 after the Pacific Coast League schedule has been finalized.
How does Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Open Texas plan impact Dell Diamond?
As part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s June 3 Proclamation that laid out Phase III of his Open Texas plan, outdoor professional sports venues, such as Dell Diamond, are now allowed to begin operating at 50% capacity so long as the venue adheres to the stated guidelines related to capacity, social distancing and established health protocols for the safety of guests and staff. Under these guidelines, Dell Diamond is set to host a variety of special events this summer in a safe and responsible manner.
Is Dell Diamond and the Railyard Team Store open to the public?
In accordance with Phase III of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Open Texas plan, Dell Diamond is currently open at a maximum of 50% capacity for special events. The Round Rock Express are excited to re-open the ballpark for a variety of special events, including Texas Collegiate League baseball, summer camps, private batting practice experiences, right field swimming pool rentals, movie nights and concerts. A full list of special events taking place at Dell Diamond in 2020 can be found by clicking here.
The Railyard Team Store remains temporarily closed to the public to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff. However, the Railyard Team Store is offering free curbside pickup at Dell Diamond for all online orders as well as 25% off with promo code HOME and free shipping on all orders over $60.
What events are taking place at Dell Diamond in 2020?
The Round Rock Express are excited to re-open the ballpark for a variety of special events, including Texas Collegiate League baseball, summer camps, private batting practice experiences, right field swimming pool rentals, movie nights and concerts. A full list of special events taking place at Dell Diamond in 2020 can be found by clicking here.
How can I be alerted to new events coming to Dell Diamond?
The Round Rock Express are constantly developing new and creative ways to serve and entertain our community during this time. Fans are encouraged to visit the special events page frequently for updates. Special events are also announced on Round Rock Express social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The bi-weekly E-Train newsletter is also a great resource for all news and notes pertaining to the Round Rock Express. Fans can subscribe to the E-Train newsletter by clicking here.
Can I host my event at Dell Diamond?
Partial and full Dell Diamond stadium rentals are available for private events of all shapes and sizes. From birthdays and weddings to corporate gatherings and holiday parties, the Round Rock Express staff are eager and willing to help plan the perfect event to fit any need. For more information on booking a private event at Dell Diamond, please email [email protected].
Is Dell Diamond prepared to provide a clean and healthy environment for fans?
The safety and well-being of staff, guests and the community is of the upmost importance to the Round Rock Express. All guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Texas will be strictly followed and enforced during all events at Dell Diamond. The Round Rock Express are working closely with Williamson County and City of Round Rock officials to ensure Dell Diamond meets or exceeds all recommended standards.
Express staff interacting with guests will be required to maintain six feet of social distancing and have their temperature taken upon arrival at Dell Diamond each day. In addition, Express staff will also work with guests to adjust seat locations when necessary to ensure all visitors at Dell Diamond are comfortable and safe.
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