MADISON, Ala. — No more mask mandate at Rocket City Trash Pandas games.
That's the announcement from the front office as Major League Baseball lifts its mask requirement for fans attending Minor League games.
The Rocket City Trash Pandas organization announced that as on Friday, May 14, the team will not require masks at games and has also removed the plexiglass buffers on the dugouts and bullpens.
According to MLB, minor league teams in 2021 will be a testing ground for rule changes. The goal of the program is to gauge the effect of the changes on issues such as the number of balls put in play, the pace and length of games and player safety. Among the rules: larger, less slippery bases (at Triple-A), restrictions on infield positioning (Double-A) and a 15-second pitch clock (in the Low-A West). The results of these changes will be studied to determine whether they merit consideration for future adoption in the Majors.
Rocket City Trash Pandas play at Toyota Field in Madison, AL. Single game tickets are available here.
Even though the mask requirement has been lifted, there are still restrictions on what can be brought into the park. Bags must be clear and are subject to size restrictions, and prohibited items include but are not limited to:
- Backpacks, cinch/drawstring bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction
- Bags and briefcases
- Camera bags (cameras allowed but no bags)
- Laptop computers or tablets
- Luggage of any kind
- Seat cushions larger than 16” or contain pockets, zippers, or concealable area.
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