BOSTON, MA—In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox today announced a revised 2021 Spring Training schedule. To reflect the recommendations suggested by medical experts and infectious disease specialists, Major League Baseball has regionalized the matchups between teams to limit travel.
The Red Sox Grapefruit League schedule will now feature matchups against the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox will play their first exhibition game on Sunday, February 28 at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex against the Minnesota Twins. In total, the team will play 29 games in 31 days, which includes 15 home games and 14 road games. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.
The Red Sox play the most games against the Atlanta Braves, with the first of nine matchups taking place at JetBlue Park on March 1. They will face each other five times at JetBlue Park, and four at CoolToday Park in North Port.
Boston will split eight games between its American League East Division opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays, with the first taking place Tuesday, March 2 at JetBlue Park and the last coming on March 26, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
The Red Sox will host their Lee County Chairman’s Cup rival, the Minnesota Twins, at JetBlue Park on March 6, March 17, March 25 and March 28. A total of eight matchups will take place between the cross-town foes with the Red Sox heading to Hammond Stadium on February 28, March 3, March 11, and March 14.
The Red Sox will play the least amount of games against the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates, facing each team a total of two times, once at home and once on the road. The club’s first meeting against the Orioles will be on March 4, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, with the final matchup taking place on March 24 at JetBlue Park. The first game against the Pirates will be on March 21 at JetBlue Park with the final game coming on March 27 at LECOM Park in Bradenton.
The Red Sox will close out the Spring Training season with two exhibition games against the Atlanta Braves, at CoolToday Park in North Port on March 29 and at JetBlue Park on March 30.
The Red Sox will implement appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols that would allow fans to return in a limited capacity for 2021 Spring Training exhibition games by operating JetBlue Park at approximately 24 percent of its normal capacity. All tickets will be sold in physically distanced ‘pods’ comprised primarily of 2-4 seats that will allow for at least six feet between groups. Season Ticket Holders will be offered the first opportunity to attend exhibition games and additional tickets may go on sale to the general public depending on availability. All day games at JetBlue Park will start at 1:05 p.m., and all night games will start at 6:05 p.m. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox.