The Corpus Christi Hooks return to Whataburger Field for their first home game since the 2019 season on May 4th. The 2020 season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy photo
By Jane Kathleen Gregorio
April 21, 2021
New ways to purchase tickets, concessions at Whataburger Field as Hooks return
The Corpus Christi Hooks are ready to get going again. The Double A minor league team for world championship champions Houston Astros will face the San Antonio Missions in their first home game after COVID-19 ended the 2020 season. Game 1 of the four-game season against the Missions begins Tuesday, May 4th at 6:35 p.m. “The team and employees are really looking forward to playing again after waiting 19 months,” said Michael Coffin, Director of Broadcast and Media Relations.
In April, Whataburger Field hosted the Houston Astros, which served as an alternative training venue until the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
Fans can expect a few changes when they’re back in the field next month, including a no-touch, automated grocery delivery system and a reverse ATM dispenser.
“Instead of putting in your ATM to get cash, we have machines that allow you to add cash. In return, participants get a plastic card back that can be used for concessions or other day-day purchases,” said Coffin.
Digital ticketing is also implemented. Guests must purchase tickets either online or by phone (see below for details). Due to the occupancy restrictions, only two tickets can be purchased per person.
A restricted bag policy applies to attendees and only allows clutch purses, diaper bags, or medical bags.
Other new features have been added to improve the game day experience. Two massive LED video cards were installed and a new network expanded to encompass all seating areas to protect fans from bad balls.
“We also added a hospitality area that can be reserved for group parties that we have referred to as the ‘Concourse Suite’,” said Coffin. “(It) is partitioned down to the first base along the hall with sofas and a relaxed atmosphere and great views so that guests can enjoy a VIP suite experience.”
Masks are required at Whataburger Field, indoor and outdoor facilities. The only exception are participants who eat at their assigned seats. The consumption of food and drink in other areas of the ballpark, e.g. B. in the corridors or in the hall is not permitted.
Whataburger Field occupancy is limited based on recommendations from local government and state health departments, as well as minor league baseball and major league baseball rules.
“Depending on local government regulations and COVID-19 statistics during this time, capacity may be expected to be anywhere between 50 and 70 percent and could potentially increase in July,” said Coffin.
The team also breaks in a new manager. Former Major League infielder Gregorio Petit, 36, was named Hooks manager by the Houston Astros in 2020 but had to wait a year to get started. Petit is from Ocumare, Venezuela and is the eighth manager in the team’s 17-year history. From 2003 to 2018, he played 15 seasons in professional baseball, including a stint with the Astros in 2014 when he scored .278 in 37 games.
“He cares a lot about the players and their development to make a difference in the big leagues,” said general manager Brady Ballard in a statement. “I know he wants to have a lasting impact on our Coastal Bend communities and I’m confident our fans will admire him from the very first game at Whataburger Field.”
As the season begins this year, the team is looking forward to welcoming fans back to the stadium after more than a year of challenges, said Coffin.
“We appreciate the patience of our fans,” he continued. “We hope May 4th and beyond will be the start of normalization.”
Find the upcoming game schedule online. You can also buy tickets here or by calling 361-561-4665 (HOOK). Season tickets are now also available.
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