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Joliet Slammers increase attendance cap for opener

The Joliet Slammers on Monday announced that allowed capacity for the May 28 opening night at DuPage Medical Group Field is now 60%.

The allowed capacity increased from 25% of full attendance when Illinois entered the bridge phase of the state’s reopening plan on Friday and COVID-19 gathering restrictions were loosened.

The home opener for the Slammers is a Friday night game against the Windy City ThunderBolts that follows the season opener on May 27 at Windy City’s home field in Crestwood. Fireworks will follow the Friday night game in Joliet.

The games will mark a return to the Frontier League season, which was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Slammers instead put together a four-team tournament with eight weeks of baseball all at the Joliet stadium with COVID-19 precautions in place.

The team will continue to take precautions in the new season, according to the news release announcing the 60% capacity.

The Slammers “continue to strongly encourage fans to wear facial coverings, even though they are no longer required at DuPage Medical Group Field,” the release said, noting that CDC guidelines not allow fully vaccinated fans (those two weeks past their final shots) to go without masks.

“We will continue to follow the experts’ guidelines and recommendations, but we also want all fans to feel safe when attending a game,” Slammers General Manager Heather Mills said in the release.

Slammers players, coaches, and all staff will be vaccinated, and staff interacting with fans will continue to wear masks, the release said.

“We are all looking forward to continuing the return to normal by once again hosting Frontier League baseball this year,” Slammers Majority Owner Nick Semaca said in the release.

Tickets for opening night are available online and over the phone. Slammers season tickets are available at $300 a seat, and the team has other ticket packages. More information is available by visiting the website or calling 815-722-2287.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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