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Q&A: Everything Altoona Curve fans need to know about tickets for games this season

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With the Curve set to open the season May 4, many fans may be wondering what they should expect with regards to tickets and attending games at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Following is a Q&A with Curve general manager Derek Martin focusing on ticket policies and safety protocols.

Q: How many fans can attend each game early in the season?

A: To begin the season, we’re limited to 2,300 fans to comply with the orders of the state of Pennsylvania and Blair County Department of Emergency Services guidelines to operate. Fans can buy tickets to games in seating pods of 2, 4, 6 or 8 tickets only, to ensure proper distancing between people in attendance.

Q: Will more fans be allowed to attend games later in the season, and perhaps how many?

A: We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to welcome more fans as the season goes on. We have a tentative plan to make single game tickets available for June games once we have confirmation from our local health officials and the governor’s office about increases to our capacity. The plan is to put individual tickets on sale for June games at least two weeks in advance of the first scheduled home game for that month, June 8.

Q: How will you handle social distancing among fans at the ballpark? Will there be any additional safety protocols for fans to know about in food lines, bathrooms or other common areas?

A: We won’t have the Kids’ Zone open to begin the season, though we plan to have it open later in the season. We encourage fans that are comfortable with it to take advantage of digital ticketing, where we text or email tickets directly to you after purchase and then the tickets can be scanned on your mobile device upon entrance to the park. Fans will see stickers on the concourse floor while in line for concessions as a reminder to remain socially distant from each other and hand sanitizer stations, including two at every concession stand, throughout PNG Field. We will also have messaging throughout the game over our PA system and on the video board to remind fans to wear masks and remain socially distant.

Q: Will individual tickets be available on game days, and if so, how many?

A: After seating all our season ticket and plan holders there are individual tickets available, however, only a limited amount. We strongly encourage fans to purchase tickets in advance of the game or at a minimum to call us at 814-943-5400 on game day to reserve their seats before traveling to the park. I think it is likely that games that have premium promotions scheduled in May, like postgame fireworks on May 4, May 29 and May 30 or our first Free Shirt Friday, presented by the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, on May 28 will sell out, so we ask fans that plan to attend a game to purchase ahead of time.

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Q: Will fans have to wear masks? Or team employees?

A: Fans and team employees are asked to wear a mask while in common areas at PNG Field, such as entrance lines outside or inside of the ballpark, concessions lines, while walking on the concourse, and in restrooms. Fans may remove their face mask while actively eating and drinking in their seats. Staff will be required to wear a mask at all times, and we ask that fans be respectful of each other and our staff when in attendance at PNG Field.

Q: What might happen to scheduled games if Curve staff members or players test positive for the virus?

A: If a member of our staff tests positive, they will follow the CDC guidelines to remain at home for 10 days to ensure that they do not infect anyone else in our community. As far as Curve players and coaches, the team will travel with a bigger roster than in past seasons, and they have installed extensive protocols to ensure distancing in common spaces. Normally there would be 25 players on the active roster. This season the team will have 28 players to begin the season and may carry extra players to ensure that the team has enough players for every game in the event of a positive test.

For the latest information on Health and Safety Protocols at People’s Natural Gas Field, click here. All promotions and giveaways at PNG Field are for fans in attendance only and are subject to change, to see the most up-to-date schedule for promotions, click here. For more information on Curve Baseball visit AltoonaCurve.com or call 814-942-5400.

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