The Joliet Slammers announced today they will participate in the inaugural City of Champions Cup at Dupage Medical Group Field, beginning July 16th.
The Cup was announced following the Frontier League suspending the remainder of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
In all, four teams will compete in the Cup during a 27 game schedule, each will take place at the Joliet Park from July 16th to September 6th. Teams will be made up of players drafted from the ranks of Frontier League players unable to play for their current teams and free agents from MiLB affiliated teams.
“We are expecting a very high level of talent to be on the field for the Slammers and the other three teams,” said Nick Semaca, Slammers majority owner.
The names and more details on the three new teams, all of which will also be based in Joliet, will be released shortly. Each team will play 3-4 home games per week in a schedule that generally will include night games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with additional ticketed day games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Fans will be allowed to attend games based off of Illinois’ Phase 4 guidelines, making the Joliet Slammers the first professonal baseball team to host fans in stands in 2020.
Under State guidelines, games are limited to crowds at a 20% capacity so tickets will be extremely limited. 27 game “Cup Pass” tickets are available now by calling 815-722-2287 and individual game tickets will be available for sale to the general public at a later date, if any remain, after the Cup Pass sales window has ended.
“We are proud and excited to be able to bring the baseball fans of the entire Chicagoland area an opportunity to see the sport we all dearly love, to enjoy a hot dog and cold beer on a summer night. We can’t wait to see our fans back in the stadium” said Semaca.