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What is the best way to get tickets to see the Somerset Patriots play in 2021?
The best way to see the Somerset Patriots play in 2021 is to purchase a season tickets package. More information on those options can be found here. It is not guaranteed that there will be many available seats available with expected limited capacity, but season ticket holders will have priority on seats before any remaining seats are available to the public.
Will there be limited capacity seating at the ballpark in 2021? If so, what is the number?
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that as of early April, outdoor venues with a seating capacity of 5,000 or more can reopen with a 30% capacity. TD Bank Ballpark will open up the 2021 season at the allowed 30% capacity, with the hope of increasing that number as the season progresses.
Will there be single-game tickets available in 2021?
Single-game tickets for games in May go on sale on Monday, April 5th at 10:00 am. We anticipate tickets will sell quickly and will be on a first come, first serve basis, so our recommendation is to try to purchase your tickets as close to the time the go on sale as possible. Single-game tickets for future games after May will be released at a to-be-determined time. Keep in mind that as seating limitations change, so will our availability for single-game tickets throughout the season. Click here to join our single-game ticket list so that you can be informed once individual tickets are made available.
What about flex books and mini plans? Will they be available in 2022?
It is not anticipated that new flex books and mini plans will be sold in 2021. There are options for previous Somerset Patriots flex book or mini plan holders from the 2020 season. Those with 2020 plans will have the ability to either 1. carry their plan and value to the 2022 season 2. upgrade to a full or half season plan for 2021 or 3. await more information from our ticketing department for select games in the 2021 season that will work for your plan.
How will season ticket plans change for the 2022 season?
All new Somerset Patriots season ticket plans beginning for the 2021 season will run for at least two seasons, through the completion of the 2022 season. It is anticipated that for 2022, additional season ticket options will be made available, including the reintroduction of flex books and mini plans. This is contingent on the increase in allowed capacity at TD Bank Ballpark and the hope that 2022 will have no seating restrictions.
Is there still time to get full or half season tickets for the 2021 season?
Yes there is! Click here for more information.
What if the season has already started? Can I still get season tickets then?
Not a problem! If there are still seats available for season tickets, we will pro-rate the price of your account based on the remaining games.
What happens if I had tickets or plans from previous New York Yankees affiliates for 2020/2021?
Fans that had ticket plans or tickets from other organizations affiliated with the New York Yankees previously will need to address concerns with those organizations. The Somerset Patriots are separate from any prior New York Yankees affiliate and will continue to be so moving forward. No team is moving here or vice versa in this new partnership with the New York Yankees.
I want season tickets but do not feel comfortable coming to the ballpark in 2021. Can I reserve a season ticket package beginning with the 2022 season?
Yes that is ok! Those with ticket plans including the 2021 season will have seating priority. Those interested in starting their season ticket plan with the 2022 season will have the option to reserve their seats after all initial 2021 season ticket deposits have been accounted for.
Can I exchange any of my 2021 tickets for different dates in the 2021 season? What if I can't make a game? What if it rains? What is the return policy?
Ticket transfers will be difficult and for the most part not allowed in 2021. This is due to very limited seating capacity and the anticipation that most games will be either sold out, or close to sold out. Ticket exchanges will return in full for the 2022 season.
It is anticipated that there will not be any doubleheaders in 2021 for games affected by rain/inclement weather. If any 2021 game is not played due to rain or COVID-19 procedures, the value of those games will be taken off the invoice for your 2022 season ticket plan. So if your plan loses out on five games in 2021, we will take the value of those five games off the price of your ticket plan in 2022.
What is the best way for me to find out if there are single-game tickets available for this season?
Follow our social media accounts, sign up for our email newsletter, download our mobile app and enable push notifications, and continue to check our website for the most up-to-the-second updates! You can also click here to fill out our single-game ticket form to ensure you will be amongst the first fans to find out once single-game tickets are made available.
How many games are there this season? Will it be the same for all future seasons?
2021 will feature a 120-game season, with 60 home games at TD Bank Ballpark. Click here to view our full 2021 schedule. In future seasons (2022+), there will be a 138-game season, with 69 home games at TD Bank Ballpark.
Who are the Patriots going to play this year?
The Somerset Patriots are now members of the Double-A Northeast League as an affiliate of the New York Yankees. That means the team will be playing other Double-A affiliates in the area. The teams the Patriots will play in 2021 are: Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), Reading Fightin' Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants), and Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles). The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) are also in the Northeast League, and while the Patriots will not play them in 2021, the two teams will begin play against each other starting in the 2022 season.
How do you plan to keep the ballpark safe and clean during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We take the responsibility of keeping TD Bank Ballpark safe and clean for everyone very seriously. Please read our entire readiness policy here.
What's a ballgame without some ballpark food! Will the concessions stands be open this year?
We agree! And of course! Both our first base and third base concessions stands will be open and operational for the 2021 season. Plans will be announced leading up to Opening Day on new mobile-ordering opportunities to limit congestion and lines at our concessions stands.
Additionally, our team is working out the logistics currently of how we will set up the rest of our normal food carts throughout the ballpark. This will include fan favorites like our Premio Italian Sausage stand, Dippin' Dots, multiple beer stands and more! We'll have more information closer to the start of the season on exactly what food will be available this year.
I love getting autographs! Will I be able to get autographs from the players and coaches in 2021?
Unfortunately, autographs will not be permissible with the players and coaches at TD Bank Ballpark this year. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the New Jersey state government and Major League Baseball. This is a uniform rule throughout Minor League Baseball. It is our understanding that autographs will be allowed again beginning in the 2022 season.
We'd like to bring our group to the ballpark for an outing. Will the group hospitality areas -- like the Picnic Area, Party Deck, and Suite Level -- be available this season?
As of right now, the group areas at TD Bank Ballpark are not available for group outings. That could change as further COVID-19 guidelines are communicated to our front office. Our anticipation is that we will have suites available for groups, though with a more limited amount of tickets, as a perfect, socially-distanced space to enjoy the game. Our hope is that the other group areas (BBQ Picnic Area, Party Deck) will be available later in the season.
Who owns the Somerset Patriots?
The Somerset Patriots are owned by the Kalafer family, who have owned the franchise through its entire history. The ownership roles are Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan and Josh Kalafer.
Who will play for the Somerset Patriots?
The Somerset Patriots will be made up of players from and assigned to the team by the New York Yankees. The Yankees have complete control over the roster and coaching staff of the Somerset Patriots. The goal for the organization is to provide the best facility and staff to develop and advance the careers of the minor leaguers playing in Somerset. Past Somerset Patriots players become free agents to sign elsewhere after each season and will be able to do so this off-season.
Will Brett Jodie be the manager?
The New York Yankees have assigned the coaching staff for the Patriots. Julio Mosquera, a former Major League catcher and a coach in the Yankees organization for 16 years, will be the new manager of the team. You can find more information on him, along with the rest of our 2021 coaching staff, on our website here.