The Round Rock Express revealed on Monday morning that Dell Diamondhas received approval from Major League Baseball, Williamson County and the City of Round Rock toopen at an increased capacity. Leading up to Express Opening Day on Thursday, May 6, Dell Diamond’s capacity will gradually increase during the month of April, allowing for the general public to attend the remaining Texas Rangers Alternate Training Site exhibition games.
Tickets for the four remaining Texas Rangers Alternate Training Site exhibition games are available now via RRExpress.com/Tickets. The Rangers host the Houston Astros in a two-game series from April 19-20 before welcoming the Kansas City Royals to town from April 26-27.
As required by MLB’s Fan Attendance Policies for 2021, all attendees age two years and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times on Dell Diamond property for all MLB-related events, other than when actively eating or drinking in their ticketed seat.
A clear bag policy will also be enforced to reduce the need for security to inspect the belongings of guests and to expedite fan entry.
All tickets and parking passes issued by the Round Rock Express will be digital to help further reduce touchpoints around the facility. Fans are strongly encouraged to enter Dell Diamond using digital tickets accessed through their smartphones, however those wishing to print their tickets at home will be allowed to do so this season.
To avoid unnecessary contact, Dell Diamond is striving to operate as a cashless facility beginning in 2021, instead preferring credit cards and gift cards for payment at all storefronts, including the Railyard Team Store and parking lot.
Created during the cancelled 2020 Minor League Baseball season, the Alternate Training Site concept provides a secondary location within close geographic proximity to each Major League Baseball (MLB) club for players not on the active roster to train and be ready to quickly and safely be called up if necessary. At MLB’s request, the Alternate Training Site model will be implemented for the month of April after the start of the Triple-A baseball season was postponed until early May.
Alternate Training Site exhibition games will closely mirror Spring Training, with additional roster spots and rule modifications in place. The number of innings played will be flexible and games that remain even at the conclusion of regulation could be declared a tie. Defensive managers also have the option to end an inning prior to or after three outs. Finally, players who are removed during a game may re-enter at a later point during the same game.
The remaining Texas Rangers Alternate Training Site exhibition schedule is below:
|April 12||6:05 p.m.||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi|
|April 13||4:05 p.m.||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi|
|April 14||1:05 p.m.||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi|
|April 19||6:05 p.m.||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||Dell Diamond, Round Rock|
|April 20||4:05 p.m.||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||Dell Diamond, Round Rock|
|April 23||3:30 p.m.||Kansas City Royals Alternate Training Site||Globe Life Field, Arlington|
|April 24||1:00 p.m.||Kansas City Royals Alternate Training Site||Globe Life Field, Arlington|
|April 26||6:05 p.m.||Kansas City Royals Alternate Training Site||Dell Diamond, Round Rock|
|April 27||6:05 p.m.||Kansas City Royals Alternate Training Site||Dell Diamond, Round Rock|
|May 2||TBA||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||TBA|
|May 3||TBA||Houston Astros Alternate Training Site||TBA|
Dell Diamond will also continue to serve as a COVID-19 vaccination hub while concurrently hosting the Texas Rangers Alternate Training Site. The venue is currently Williamson County’s largest vaccination site, with the capacity to provide up to 5,000 inoculations per day. All Texans 16 and up are currently eligible to receive the vaccine at Dell Diamond, regardless of their county of residence, and can join the waitlist by visiting wilco.org.
The Express kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, May 6 against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) at 7:05 p.m. at Dell Diamond. Single game tickets as well as full season and mini season membership plans are on sale now. For more information about the Express, visit RRExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Subscribe to the E-Train email newsletter and keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!