MBA Votes Springfield, Milroy and Shakopee as replacements to New Ulm for State Tourney

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The 2020 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament was to be held in New Ulm next month at Johnson and Mueller ball parks which are city owned ballparks. But, in a special meeting last Friday, the New Ulm City Council voted 5-0 to not host the tournament due to COVID-19 concerns.

At an emergency special meeting on Monday, the Minnesota Baseball Association board unanimously chose Springfield and Milroy as replacement hosts for the Class C tourney and Shakopee the Class B tourney. Gaylord and Marshall will serve as back up sites due to rainouts.

The following guidelines will be followed at all state tournament sites to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines:

Ticket prices will be seven dollars across the board, this includes all children. There will be no player or league officer passes this year. Tickets will be sold mainly online. We will offer tickets to the two teams playing in the tournament game first, if they do not purchase all 250, the remaining tickets will be sold on a first come basis at the ballpark. Teams involved in the games on the first weekend of the state tourney will have until Wednesday of that week at 5 p.m. to wire the money for their ticket order to the MBA bank in Hamburg. Once the money is received the tickets will be emailed to each team. Each ticket will have a COVID-19 checklist to be filled out prior to getting to the game. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Ticket holders who do not enter the stadium by the end of the second inning will risk losing their seat to walk up ticket sales unless prior arrangements have been made. The MBA will have a cell number that ticket holders can call if they are running late. The second weekend will work the same. The final weekend of ticket sales will be all at the gate due to teams having multiple games with more details to follow.

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