Copeland Park will have 100% capacity for Loggers games in 2021
Games ran at 50% capacity in 2020
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – When fans walk through the front gates of Copeland Park for the La Crosse Loggers home opener in a few weeks, the stands will be filled with fans.
The time is fast approaching for the Loggers players to take to the field and the fans to return to the ballpark.
“It’s a lot more exciting, a lot more just optimistic that this year will be very different from a year ago,” said Loggers general manager Ben Kapanke.
2020 is a year Kapanke would like to put behind him.
“It was obviously a unique experience,” Kapanke said.
The stadium was at half capacity, wiped out every round, and fans were masked.
This year, some of these protocols will be more flexible.
“It’s a whole different ball game,” Kapanke said.
The plan is to have 100% capacity for games.
“If people want to come to the ballpark and watch a Logger game, we’re not going to turn people away,” Kapanke said.
Kapanke says there is more space in the stadium to distance themselves if fans are uncomfortable in the stands.
“They want to get back to the rough stage,” Kapanke said. “They are ready.”
Masks will not be necessary, but are encouraged.
“We want people to come to the games and enjoy the games on their own level of comfort,” Kapanke said.
Kapanke hopes the games will help people gain the upper hand.
“Our message is that traditions are back,” he said.
Like the dizzying bat races and the ceremonial first throw.
“It’s what drives the fans,” Kapanke said. “That’s what keeps us going.”
And so do seeing a crowded crowd watching their favorite team play ball, a home run for the La Crosse baseball franchise.
“The fans are ready,” Kapanke said. “And that’s the main thing. We want to be able to organize events with a lot of people here. “
If you are not a baseball fan but wondering if there will be other events like concerts, Kapanke says he assures you it will happen in late summer or early summer. ‘autumn.
Loggers say they expect regular food items to return to the menu.
The team’s home opening will take place on June 2. The first field is set for 6:35 p.m. against the Minnesota Mud Puppies.
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