Ahead of the opening day of Minor League Baseball’s season in May, the Rocket City Trash Pandas have announced that they will be having a “100 percent capacity” at Toyota Field, as reported by several local news outlets. This comes several days before single-game tickets go on sale for the home opener in Madison County. 2021 will be the inaugural season for the newest semi-professional sports team in Alabama.

In AL.com’s story, it is noted that “a plexiglass shield will also be in place on the tops of the dugouts to help preserve a ‘bubble’ for the well-being of the players.” The website also notes that “the players will also not be permitted to sign autographs at the beginning of the season.” This will surely be a league-wide policy.

The start of the MiLB season is now less than a month out. The Trash Pandas, who play in the Double-A South, formerly known as the Southern League, will hold their first-ever home series from Tuesday, May 11 to Sunday, May 16.

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Along with the Trash Pandas, the historic Birmingham Barons will play in the newly-realigned North Division of the Double-A South. As of Monday, it is unclear whether the Barons will operate at full capacity to start the year.

These two, new region rivals will first square off with a six-game series at Toyota Field from Tuesday, May 25 to Sunday, May 30. These two will next meet again in Birmingham in July.

Meanwhile, the Barons are will hold their home opener series against the Biloxi Shuckers from May 4 until May 9.

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