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Jumbo Shrimp Games Are Mask-Free, Back to Full Capacity Next Month

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
BILL BORTZFIELD
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WJCT NEWS
Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are returning to full capacity.

Jacksonville's Minor League Baseball team announced Monday it will return 121 Financial Ballpark to its full 10,000-seat capacity starting with the team’s June 8 game against the Norfolk Tides. The park is currently at 45% capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The team also struck its mask requirement, effective immediately. The CDC changed its COVD-19 guidelines this month to no longer recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks or socially distance in most situations.

 

The team recommends unvaccinated people wear masks in the ballpark but will not require it. Although it's not impossible for people to transmit coronavirus outdoors, it is considered much safer than congregating indoors, especially in poorly ventilated areas.

 

“We are all excited to bring this sense of normalcy back to our fans as we safely reopen 121 Financial Ballpark to full capacity,” said Jumbo Shrimp GM Harold Craw in an email to WJCT News.

 

Tickets made available because of the capacity expansion will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the Jax Shrimp website.

Tristan Wood can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @TristanDWood.

Tristan is WJCT’s 2021 Summer Reporting Intern. He has previously worked as the City and County Commission reporter for the Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville’s student-run newspaper, and Fresh Take Florida, a news service working in partnership with the Associated Press to cover the Florida Legislature and select political news stories across the state.