The Hannibal Hoots will not play at Clemens Field to start the 2019 season. With the recent change in river levels the team has evacuated the stadium and offices for the time being.
Unfortunately, the water on site will make Clemens Field unplayable for the foreseeable future. The water level of approximately 24 feet has made the grandstands, ticket booth, concession stand, team store, bathrooms, suites, dugouts and walkways unusable. Until water levels drop below 24 feet the Hoots will be forced to play offsite. Following a drop in the current levels, clean up efforts and restoration would require approximately one week.
The team will open the season at QU Stadium in Quincy, Ill. The Quincy Gems and Quincy University have made available the stadium for the month of June. The Hoots will play all scheduled home games at QU Stadium starting Saturday, June 1. The team is planning to transition back to Clemens Field by Friday, June 28.
With both teams scheduled to play at home on the following dates - May 31, June 15, June 16, and June 20 - the following changes have been made to the schedule:
May 31 game against the Springfield Sliders has been moved to Tuesday, June 12, as part of a doubleheader.
June 15/June 16 games with Terre Haute will be played as a doubleheader on Monday, June 17.
June 20 game against the Cape Girardeau Catfish has been moved to Tuesday, July 9, as a part of a doubleheader.
The team has begun reaching out to season ticket holders and corporate partners. All season tickets, ticket packages, and individual game tickets will be honored at QU Stadium during the relocation. The team is working to reschedule its Hoot & Holler nights scheduled for June 1 and June 14. More details will follow once those plans have been finalized.
All game start times will remain the same as scheduled, with the exception to the previously mentioned dates. All scheduled doubleheaders will start at 5:30 p.m.
The team is working on a short-term solution for team merchandise and ticket sales. Once a location has been established all day-to-day operations will be conducted from said location until the team offices are made available at Clemens Field. For more information email the Hoots at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hoots kick off their season on Thursday, May 30, in Springfield, Ill. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.