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Minor League Cancels Season; 1st Summer Since '69 With No Professional Baseball In Jax

There will be no Jumbo Shrimp games this summer at 121 Financial Ballpark
There will be no Jumbo Shrimp games this summer at 121 Financial Ballpark

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2020 season has been cancelled as part Minor League Baseball’s decision to cancel its season.

“The news that we will not have Jumbo Shrimp baseball at 121 Financial Ballpark is devastating,” Jumbo Shrimp owner/CEO Ken Babby said in an email to WJCT News. “While we are disappointed there will be no Jumbo Shrimp baseball in 2020, we are looking forward to the many socially-distanced and safe events that continue to bring Affordable Family Fun to our community.”

Fans who have purchased individual game tickets for any game of the 2020 season will automatically receive a credit to their Jumbo Shrimp ticket account. That credit may be utilized at any point for any 2021 Jumbo Shrimp ticket purchase as tickets, season tickets or mini-plans are released for sale. A 2021 season schedule and promotional schedule will be announced at a later date, prior to individual game tickets going on sale for the 2021 season.

“We are incredibly disappointed and crushed to not have a Jumbo Shrimp baseball season at 121 Financial Ballpark in 2020,” said Jumbo Shrimp executive vice president/general manager Harold Craw. “We still look at ourselves as leaders in part of the safe reopening of Jacksonville, and safety for our fans and staff will always be our top priority. Thanks to the trust instilled by the community, we are providing alternative affordable and fun outdoor and socially-distanced events at 121 Financial Ballpark. We will hopefully await Jumbo Shrimp baseball to return in 2021.”

The cancellation decision marks the first time since 1969 that Jacksonville will not field a professional baseball season, according to the Jumbo Shrimp.