Spring training took a step toward normalcy with the release of the 2021 schedule at Surprise Stadium.
COVID-19 conditions permitting, the Texas Rangers and Kansas CIty Royals will trade off playing 30 games at Surprise Stadium between Saturday, Feb. 27, and ,Sunday, March 28.
Game times and ticket prices have not yet been set for the Surprise Stadium games. Typically, group and online sales begin in the fall with walkup box office sales beginning at the start of the new year.
It's also too early to tell what capacity guidelines will be like more than five months from now. City officials are planning for all scenarios, however.
The spring season will run a week later than it has the last three seasons.
The 2020 spring season was cut short in mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country and postponed the start to MLB’s regular season.
The 2021 slate will start with the Rangers and Royals facing off in the opener. The two “home” teams will play each other two other times (Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 19).
All other Cactus League teams are scheduled to make two appearances in Surprise — once each against the Rangers and Royals.
The hometown Arizona Diamondbacks will be here Friday, March 5 (vs. Rangers) and Tuesday, March 23 (vs. Royals).
Other notable opponents include the Chicago Cubs, who will play the Rangers Wednesday, March 10, and the Royals Thursday, March 25.
The San Francisco Giants will be in Surprise Wednesday, March 3 (vs. Royals) and Monday, March 15 (vs. Rangers).
The schedule wraps up March 28 with the Seattle Mariners facing off against the Royals.
The Rangers’ final home game here will be the day before against the San Diego Padres.
The city typically releases its promotional dates late in the fall.
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