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Miners season home opener postponed due to rain

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois Miners home opener has been postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, June 3 starting at 5:05 p.m.

The team said they will now open their home schedule on Wednesday, June 2 with a single game at 7:05 p.m.

The game on Tuesday, June 1 was going to the first in a three-game series against the Quebec Capitales.

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Posted by Southern Illinois Miners on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

It’s been 658 days since the Miners played an in-person game at Rent One in Marion.

The team did hold some exhibitions earlier in May, but opening day is finally here.

“It’s been too long, 650 days since we played a game,” said Miners General Manager Mike Pinto. “I can’t wait to see our fans. I know a lot of them are excited. I’ve heard from a lot them on social media. We hope to surprise some people by doing things differently than we ever had before.”

But what’s new around Rent One Park?

“Besides our lowest ticket prices ever, I think the biggest thing that fans have already noticed is our free parking, so parking is free along with our mini golf, our 10-hole mini golf course is also free with a paid ticket,” said General Manager of the Miners Cathy Perry.

Crowd capacity for games under the current “Bridge Phase” In Illinois allow 60 percent capacity. Seats are sold in pods to maintain social distancing.

Ordering food in the park will be different than years past.

“Our biggest thing with our food is our mobile ordering. That we’ve never had that before. So fans will have the opportunity from right from their seat to order their food, they’ll get a notification when it’s ready,” said Perry.

Traditional concession lines will still be open.

Down the right field line, fans will notice a different option for food.

“We’ve also added our hot corner, which used to be more of a restaurant-style burgers, we’re changing that over to a full Philly line, so Philly beef, Philly chicken with all kinds of toppings,” said Perry.

What about promotional nights? Those are still on, but currently, giveaways are not being handed out.

“Firework night. We’re still doing a lot of our favorite theme nights that we’ve done, we’re trying to limit as much contact with our promotions,” said Perry.

And if weather moves in and delays the game, the Miners have a plan to keep you entertained.

“So if we’re in a rain delay we’ve created new things under the concourse for fans to get to participate in. Kind of those on-field promotions we’ve brought them up on the concourse. And we’re ready, we’re ready to entertain until baseball is ready to entertain again,” said Perry.

Players are equally happy to play on their home turf.

“Definitely being back with the team, obviously, after a long lay-off,” said Miners outfielder Nolan Earley. “Being back in this ballpark, this community, having fans come to the game. I appreciate the opportunity Mike Pinto gave me. Really excited to get things going. I think this is going to be a special year.”

First pitch was set for 7:05 p.m.

The Lake Erie Crushers will be in Marion this coming weekend for a series against the Miners.

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