The Worcester Bravehearts announced on Monday the team would play their 2020 season at Doyle Field in Leominster.
The Bravehearts were forced to find a new home after Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross was closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doyle Field is ocated just south of Route 2 at 100 Priest St. The field went through a series of upgrades in 2014 with new fencing, additional seating, and a new scoreboard in left field.
“The Bravehearts are eager to bring Futures League baseball back to Leominster,” said team owner John Creedon, Jr. “We look forward to combining the Bravehearts’ brand of hospitality including things like hot dogs and cold beer with outstanding baseball to bring smiles — under masks, of course — to the families of the Leominster area this summer.”
The first home game is slated for Saturday, July 11 at 6:00 PM against the newest franchise in the Futures League — the New Britain Bees. Eleven of the nineteen home games on the 2020 schedule will occur on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
“We are excited to welcome the Worcester Bravehearts to the city of Leominster,” said Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella. “They drafted an impressive COVID Readiness Plan for the summer that will ensure the safety of all participants on the field and all fans in the stands. Play Ball!”
All tickets will be free for the entire season.
The ballpark is set up with four sets of aluminum bleachers that can hold up to 424 fans, but with social distancing parameters in place, the Bravehearts expect to only fill a quarter of those seats.
Lead photo caption [L to R: Bravehearts President John W.S. Creedon Jr., Doyle Field Co-Commissioner Mark Bodanza, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, Doyle Field Commission Chairman Gil Donatelli, Doyle Field Coordinator Pat LaPointe, Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson, Liberty Rental Property Manager Matt Weagle, local developer Peter M. Bovenzi, Bravehearts Owner John W.S. Creedon, Bravehearts Director of Sales Nate Gonelli]
Photo courtesy: Worcester Bravehearts