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Do you want to have a catch? The Winston-Salem Dash wants to help.

Do you want to have a catch? The Winston-Salem Dash wants to help.

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COVID-19 No W-S Dash Home Opener

A photo of BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Winston-Salem Dash.

For those itching to toss a baseball, the Winston-Salem Dash would love to help out.

The Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago White Sox is taking reservations from pairs to use the team's home field June 27.

The Dash is offering four time slots — 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. — for the usage of BB&T Ballpark that day. Twelve throwing pairs will be allowed per hour time slot. Reservations can be made by contacting Ayla Acosta at ayla.acosta@wsdash.com or 336-714-6879. 

The experience, which the Dash is calling its Play Catch on the Field event, is free. But reservations are required.

The Dash asks fans to bring their own baseball and gloves. That said, Dash staff will also provide baseballs when needed and sanitize them afterward. 

"There is something special about being able to go out and play catch on a professional field,” said C.J. Johnson, president of the Winston-Salem Dash. “Our fans will have the opportunity to create their 'Field of Dreams' memory.”

Minor-league teams across the nation have tried to use their vacant spaces in unique ways. Many have allowed their outfields to become open-air restaurants. 

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Class AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, announced May 28 that it would allow its stadium to be rented on Airbnb, hosting as many as 10 guests for $1,500 and allowing access to the clubhouse, batting cage and field.

According to WTOP News, all 33 available dates for the Blue Wahoos' home venue were filled in less than 24 hours.

The Dash has hosted a Character Cruse Through at its ballpark, allowing attendees to drive through in their cars and see characters from movies and shows.

Johnson wrote via email that the team plans to hold another one of those, as well as a few other events the team plans to announce once a few final details are hashed out. 

The Play Catch on the Field event adheres to the current guidelines for North Carolina, which is still in Phase Two of COVID-19 restrictions. In Phase 2, no more than 25 people can share an outdoor space. With 12 throwing partners per sessions, the Dash will host 24 during each time slot. 

The Greensboro Grasshoppers, meanwhile, are still sitting pat on hosting events. But according to Donald Moore, the team's president and general manager, that will change once the state is allowed to enter Phase 3. 

"Seeing that we are in phase 2 of the Governor's plan and this plan calls for mass gatherings in outdoor stadiums of no more than 25 people, we do not have anything scheduled at this time," Moore wrote via email. "We have some things on the books once we get relief from this 25 person max."

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