The Coastal Plain League season is still scheduled to start on time with league officials closely monitoring the latest news, statistics and advice from government agencies concerning the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement released to all 15 CPL teams late Wednesday afternoon, the league announced the season has not been suspended or cancelled and the safety of fans is still the top priority for the individual teams and league as a whole.
Currently, the federal government has issued recommendations to eliminate gatherings of 50+ people for the next eight weeks. The CPL schedule is not slated to begin until May 28, which is still approximately 10 weeks away. The league will continue to monitor developments and adjust plans accordingly if needed.
The Asheboro Copperheads are certainly keeping a close eye on developments concerning the coronavirus and will do everything possible to ensure the safety of every individual fan if the season progresses as normal.
"We are certainly keeping a very close watch on the situation involving the coronavirus and will take appropriate action to ensure the safety of not only our fans, but the players, interns, workers and staff," General Manager Dennis Garcia said. "Much like the rest of the CPL, we are in a wait-and-see mode concerning the upcoming season, but we are still working hard and going about the majority of our tasks as if the season will begin on time."
As of Thursday, there have been no persons diagnosed with the virus in Randolph County.
"It goes without saying that these are difficult times for all of us," Asheboro Head Coach and General Manager Keith Ritsche said. "Safety and the health of all is of utmost importance. With that being said, we continue to be optimistic that our season will start on time and are excited for the season to begin. We are looking forward to seeing some of the best talent we have ever had in a Copperhead uniform compete this summer."
Copperheads fans can still purchase single-game and season passes for the upcoming season by stopping by at the Copperheads office, located at 603 N. Fayetteville St., in Asheboro. Tickets for all games are on sale, including Opening Night (Thursday, May 28), Special Olympics Night (Monday, June 1), Veterans Night (Friday, June 5), Chamber Night (Monday, June 8), Elvis Night sponsored by Lisa Blackwell (Saturday, June 13), the annual 4th of July fireworks game, the very first Latino Heritage Night (Friday, July 10), Victory Junction Night (Thursday, July 16) and Fan Appreciation Night (Friday, July 31).