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Altoona Curve Suspend Access to Peoples Natural Gas Field

March 12, 2020 - Eastern League (EL) - Altoona Curve News Release

CURVE, Pa. - Due to health concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and statements made by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball concerning the start of the 2020 season, the Altoona Curve are suspending access to Peoples Natural Gas Field until further notice beginning on Friday, March 13. Minor League Baseball did not lay out a specific timeline on the delay of the 2020 season but MiLB and the Curve will share more information about the upcoming season as new developments occur.

Statement from Altoona Curve general manager Derek Martin:

"To protect the safety of the public and our employees, we will not be accepting face-to-face interactions from the general public beginning on Friday, March 13. Our best course of action is to limit in-person interactions to create a secure environment for our employees. While we won't be accepting visitors to the ballpark at this time, our staff will still be accessible via phone, email and messages on social media. We encourage our fans remain patient and adhere to all of the important guidelines established by the CDC and other public health organizations."

Statement by Minor League Baseball on Thursday, March 12, 2020:

"In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak."

The Altoona Curve, 2010 and 2017 Eastern League Champions, have been the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1999. For tickets or more information, visit, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office. Additionally, the Stockyard Team Store is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays and online 24/7/365.

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