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Published On: April 7th, 2021

The Eau Claire Express has one thing to say on this spring Wednesday morning:

“We’re Back!”

Eau Claire, Wis. – After a 658 day hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Eau Claire Express will finally be returning to Carson Park on May 31, 2021 and intends to play its full 36-game home schedule at the historic venue starting at 50% capacity.

“The goal of the organization will remain the same this season,” said Express General Manager, Jacob Servais. That goal is to provide high level baseball on the field while providing the Chippewa Valley with the very best in affordable family entertainment in an engaging and social environment. “However, we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all of those in attendance this season. We will continue to adapt to the situation as it changes and we have every intent to do so,” Servais added.

“Our hope is that our newly added precautions do not affect the game day visit, but ultimately enhance the overall fan experience at Carson Park.” Among the main points of emphasis in the “return to play plan” is that masks are strongly recommended while moving around the facility and social distancing will be in effect. Additional details on what to expect this season will also be released at a later date.

“Over the past six months we have been working closely with the city of Eau Claire and the Health Department to make this a reality and it is a breath of fresh air to finally say we will be welcoming fans back into the ballpark in just a few short weeks. I want to give a special shoutout to Dawn Comte, Mark Faanes, Alyssa Streveler and Jeff Robb for all of their time and efforts to make this happen,” Servais said in regard to those involved in this process.

As an organization, we want to thank our many fans, corporate partners and staff for their support during these difficult times, but it is finally time to once again say, “Play Ball!”.

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