Fans can get their hands on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders single-game tickets soon.
The team announced Wednesday an on-sale date of Tuesday, April 27 at 10 a.m., which will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase tickets that aren’t part of a full-, half- or partial- season-ticket plan, which are on sale now. The RailRiders also announced daily promotions and the first two giveaways of the season.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, PNC Field will have a limited capacity when home games begin May 11 against Lehigh Valley. For now, the RailRiders will only be selling single-game tickets for their May dates — May 11-16 against Lehigh Valley and May 25-30 against Buffalo — leaving room for changes to the rest of the schedule should state restrictions on attendance be revised.
Pennsylvania regulations cap crowd size for outdoor venues at 50 percent as long as 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained. PNC Field has a capacity of 10,000, but with the social distancing requirement, a crowd of 5,000 won’t be possible. The RailRiders are expecting the capacity for May games to be closer to 30 percent, or 3,000.
Opening night, and every Friday home game after that, includes fireworks. The first 2,500 through the gates May 15 receive a magnet schedule. The first 2,500 on May 29 get a RailRiders facemask. More giveaways and theme nights will be announced as the season progresses.
As for daily promotions:
- On Sundays, kids 12 and younger can buy Dippin’ Dots for $2 during the game and run the bases after it.
- On Tuesdays — as part of the new six-game series in the minor leagues, all Triple-A East teams have Mondays off during the season — Landshark tallboys are $2 for two hours after gates open.
- On Wednesday, hot dogs are $1 for two hours after open, and fans can also bring their dogs to the park. In the past, dogs were limited to the concourse and outfield berm, but if fans sign a waiver this year, they can have their pets in the lower seats. The RailRiders will also accept donations for local animal shelters.
- On Thursdays, Bud Light drafts and Pepsi fountain drinks are $1 for two hours after gates open.
- The RailRiders will honor frontline workers with Frontline Fridays, with the team making free tickets available for them. More information on how to reserve them will be coming soon.
- Saturdays will be giveaway dates.
Conor Foley goes beyond the box score with in-depth coverage of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. He has worked at The Times-Tribune since graduating from University of Scranton in 2011, and he has covered the RailRiders since 2017. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9125; or @railridersTT