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‘Back to Baseball’ means changes at Parkview Field

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A lot will look familiar on Opening Night at Parkview Field, but not everything will be the same as the last time the TinCaps played ball there.

Fans will be required to wear face coverings (guests 2 years old and younger are exempt), except when eating or drinking.

A socially distanced seating chart is being implemented.

And cash payments will not be accepted any longer. Purchases at the park will be made via credit, debit and gift cards.

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None of that quells the excitement of those who have waited about 20 months to once again host professional baseball in downtown Fort Wayne.

"We're just happy to be back," TinCaps President Mike Nutter said, noting that many who work for the franchise are like family. "We've got people who have passed up the opportunity to leave here to go run teams in their own."

Though attendance will be limited, several thousand fans will be allowed at each of the 60 scheduled games.

ABC21 is celebrating the return of pro ball with special live coverage from Parkview Field Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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