Lancaster Barnstormers season tickets retain value, even with no Atlantic League baseball in 2020.
Michael Reynolds, the Barnstormers’ general manager, said last week ticket holders can receive a refund or opt to roll over their tickets to 2021.
“There are added benefits for transferring your account to 2021,’’ Reynolds said. Although he said he couldn’t yet specify, Reynolds added, “your ticket will have increased value next year.’’
Reynolds said all season ticket holders should have by now received an email or letter explaining their options. If they have not, they should call Clipper Magazine Stadium or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In March, the Barnstormers and the Atlantic League delayed the start of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season was ultimately canceled June 19.
The Atlantic League has since splintered, at least temporarily.
The league’s franchise in Sugar Land, Texas, announced plans to at least temporarily leave the AL even before the season was canceled. The Skeeters are hosting a four-team league, with all games to be played in July and August at their ballpark, located in the suburbs of Houston.
The AL’s Long Island Ducks, High Point (North Carolina) Rockers and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are apparently still working on forming a league with other minor league clubs for a 70-game season to be played from mid-July through September.
That project has hit a snag because of a mandate issued by the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last week requiring a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states with a high level of coronavirus cases, including North Carolina.
The Barnstormers and York Revolution are limited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health requirement that games cannot be played with gatherings of 250 or more people. The two clubs are still planning some form of their traditional “War of the Roses’’ rivalry this summer. Reynolds said the clubs sent a health and safety plan for those games to the state DOH last week.
Meanwhile, the Barnstormers have turned Clipper Magazine Stadium into a multipurpose community center and entertainment facility.
A summer movie series began June 26 and will continue every Friday through Sunday. The Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck Bar & Grill is open from 4-11 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday.
Reynolds said Pro Baseball Report, a scouting service with headquarters in Manheim, is using the ballpark for prospect showcases and camps several weekends throughout the summer.
The Barnstormers laid off 20 of their 30 full-time employees when the season was suspended. There are still 10 full-time employees, although Reynolds said the club has hired some seasonal employees to work at the Broken Bat and on movie nights.
The Barnstormers are owned by Lancaster Baseball, LLC. The Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority owns Clipper Magazine Stadium and leases it to the team.
“The Barnstormers are in an exceptionally difficult situation right now,” LCRA President Matthew Sternberg said in April. “We've been in contact with them, having discussions, with a lot of ideas back and forth. There are no imminent solutions. No decisions have been made. But we are determined to do what it takes to get them through this.”