New Baseball Rules (Try Not To Laugh)

Don’t even think about asking a vendor for a hot dog; new ballpark rules mean you’ll have to order by phone.

“Foul balls hit into the seating bowl will be cleaned by staff with disinfectant wipes”

Take me out to the ballgame … or not 

High fives, t-shirt tosses, and cash purchases are all out of the question as America’s pastime returns

June 25, 2020

Headline Health – Baseball is returning and the new rules may take some getting used to by players, fans, and stadium staff alike.

Amateur baseball at historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire – once the minor league home of the Brooklyn Dodgers – resumes in July with the following public health restrictions:

• Players will be screened on arrival by having temperature taken, and will not be permitted to participate if their temperature is 100º Fahrenheit or higher

• Players must complete symptom screening questions based on the State Guidelines upon arrival

• Any shared equipment like helmets, bats, etc. will be disinfected after each use

• Autographs, game used baseballs, and player gear will not be given to fans during the 2020 season

• Players will enter and exit Holman Stadium through front office gate to limit interaction with fans in concourse and parking lot

• Players will be prohibited from handshakes and high fives with fans, visiting players, and umpires before, during, and after the game

• Credit card and near-field communication (“NFC”) transactions will limit cash exchanged when purchasing food, tickets and merchandise:

• The food & beverage operation anticipates using an online ordering and payment system accessible from guests’ smart phones

• ATMs will not be available

• Stairway aisles will operate in alternating directions

• Ushers will:

• Assist guests to their seats and get them situated in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Surrounding seats will then be blocked off with tape.
• Direct fans exiting and entering sections and rows to adhere to social distancing protocols
• Manage gates and carry disinfectant wipes to clean high-touch surfaces – such as railings – throughout the game

• Foul balls hit into the seating bowl will be cleaned by staff with disinfectant wipes

• Players will not be permitted to sign autographs, shake guests’ hands, slap high fives, or give away game balls, bats, or other equipment

• T-Shirt Toss will be eliminated for the 2020 Season

• Food & beverage operations anticipates using an online ordering and payment system accessible from guests’

• Suite food and beverages will be individually wrapped, packaged, and bottled

• All condiments will be prepackaged

• Suite food and beverages will be individually wrapped, packaged, and bottled

• All condiments will be prepackaged

No word yet on … 

  • Will fans be allowed to sing the National Anthem?
  • Is cheering banned? 
  • Will ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ be sung?
  • What about dollar beer night?
  • Will any fans even bother showing up?