Lugnuts underway for 25th season
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
After missing out on the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lansing Lugnuts are back playing baseball at Jackson Stadium in downtown Lansing.
This is the 25th season of Lugnuts baseball in Lansing. College students with a valid ID can get into Lugnuts’ games for just $5.
Lugnuts radio broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler said he is thrilled to have the Lugnuts back playing baseball in 2021 with fans in the stands.
“Last year when we had our Minor League Baseball season canceled it would be April, May, June, July, and I’d be looking outside and the weather would be beautiful, and I would think ‘this is a day for baseball, but there’s no baseball, there’s no season,’” Goldberg-Strassler said.
“It just feels right … we’ve got the season going again.”
Right now the stadium is allowing for a 20-percent capacity, or 2,200 fans. Single game tickets for the month of June are on sale as of Wednesday, May 12. Tickets start at $8 for non-students.
Goldberg-Strassler said every fan is required to wear a mask inside the stadium at all times unless they are seated and actively eating or drinking. Fans must also answer a health screening and pass a temperature check upon entering the park.
Unavailable seats have been tied off, Goldberg-Strassler said, and the available seats are appropriately distanced from one another.
In addition to requiring masks and distancing seating, the stadium has gone cashless and is using the app, “Stay Seated.” The app allows fans to order food directly to their seats.
“That way you don’t have to stand in line, (and) that way there (aren’t) transactions with money,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “Everything is (about) trying to make sure things are a lot healthier and safer and quicker.”
Goldberg-Strassler added the stadium is sanitized constantly to the highest standards.
Upcoming weekly promotions include “Dog Days of Summer” on Wednesdays when customers can bring their dog to the park, and “Labatt Blue Thirsty Thursday” with $2 domestic drafts and $4 craft beers.
“In June, the big things that I’m looking forward to will be our Hall of Fame inductions, June 17 and 18, for the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “We also have our first bobblehead give-a-way.
“We’re doing four bobblehead giveaways over the course of the year.”
The Lugnuts beat the Lake County Captains 8-1 on opening day, Tuesday, May 4. The team went 3-3 for the series against the Captains.
The Lugnuts moved up one class closer to the Major Leagues this season, joining the High-A rank in the Midwest League. The team is now an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
“The interesting thing about the league this year is every single series is separated into six games,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “Every Monday is a day off and then you play the other team Tuesday through Sunday.”
The next Lugnuts’ home series is scheduled to start Tuesday, May 25 at 7:05 p.m. against the Great Lakes Loons.