It has been roughly six years since a professional baseball game has been played in Huntsville, Alabama. The Rocket City Trash Pandas, Huntsville’s newest minor league baseball team, aimed to bring it back sooner with their highly anticipated 2020 inaugural season; however, the onset of Covid-19 forced the team to postpone their first pitch indefinitely.
Though the Spring 2020 season ended before it began, the Trash Panda’s executive team was determined to continue building excitement around the new stadium and their anticipated inaugural season. Throughout 2020, the minor league team hosted various community-wide events at the stadium and even opened its executive suites to multiple businesses for their company events. Additionally, the Trash Pandas’ officially opened its Junkyard Team Store at Toyota Field and re-opened its Emporium Team Store at Bridge Street Town Center after Gov. Kay Ivey lifted Alabama’s “Stay At Home” restriction last April.
Great News for Huntsville Baseball Fans
After facing yet another season delay due to the ongoing pandemic, Trash Pandas fans finally received long-awaited news regarding the Trash Panda’s inaugural season. Roughly 7 ½ months after the MiLB officially announced the first-ever cancellation of a Minor League season, The Rocket City Trash Pandas released its official 2021 schedule in the most Trash Panda-esq way possible – a promotional hype video via Twitter.
“Since we broke ground on Toyota Field in June 2018, through the naming of our team, ballpark construction, almost $4 million in merchandise sales, and an entire season lost to the pandemic, our fans have steadfastly stood behind this team like no other,” said Trash Pandas President and CEO Ralph Nelson in the official press release announcing the team’s inaugural season. “In turn, we have worked extremely hard to create a fan experience deserving of the unprecedented support our fans have given us. The 2021 season will be very special, and we can’t wait.”
The Trash Pandas will kick off its 2021 inaugural season on May 4 – 9 against the Chattanooga Lookouts in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The team will then head home to hosts its first game at Toyota Field on May 11 against the Tennessee Smokies. The official schedule includes a series of 120 games, 60 home and 60 away. Each series will last Tuesday – Sunday, with Monday as an off-day.
Throughout the season, Toyota Field will host special events and promotional nights during each home game series. The preliminary promotional schedule features giveaways, pregame happy hours, dog-friendly nights, post-game fireworks, and more. The complete promotional schedule is slated to be released soon.
Here are the Dates
The Trash Pandas are currently working with state and local officials and Major League Baseball to ensure the health and safety of fans when entering Toyota Field. Tickets for the 2021 inaugural season can be purchased here.
The Rocket City Trash Pandas home schedule is as follows:
- May 11-16 vs. Tennessee Smokies
- May 25-30 vs. Birmingham Barons
- June 1-6 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
- June 15-20 vs. Biloxi Shuckers
- July 6-11 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
- July 20-25 vs. Tennessee Smokies
- July 27 – August 1 vs. Birmingham Barons
- August 17-22 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
- August 31 – September 5 vs. Tennessee Smokies
- September 14-19 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Click here to view the full season schedule.