Baseball has returned to Principal Park. But it isn’t the Iowa Cubs playing. It is high school teams from all around Central Iowa as the state resumes high school athletics during a worldwide pandemic.
The games are part of the Iowa Soybean Association Summer Series of 16 high school games at Principal Park.
The games are the first played in 2020 at Principal Park in Des Moines, home of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The Major League Baseball season never started and remains in limbo; the Minor League Baseball season along with it.
Admission to the high school games is $8. Children 3-under are admitted free. Tickets will go on sale one hour before game time. There is no charge to park in Principal Park lots. Concession stands will be open. All purchases — tickets, merchandise, concessions — will be cashless transactions.
The Iowa high school Summer Series at Principal Park is presented by the Iowa Soybean Association.
Principal Park will also host several college-level games this summer. Players from various summer leagues — which canceled their seasons — and other Iowa collegiate players will showcase their talents in a series of double-headers.
Principal Park will follow all COVID-19 guidelines set by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Seating capacity has been reduced to 1,933 and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
Principal Park safe opening plan
IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SUMMER SERIES
Monday, June 15
Colfax-Mingo 10, Tri-County 0
Ankeny Centennial 4, Des Moines Roosevelt 3
Ankeny Centennial 8, Des Moines Roosevelt 3
Wednesday, June 17
Colo-NESCO 8, Baxter 4
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 12, Des Moines Lincoln 1 (five innings)
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 9, Des Moines Lincoln 1
Wednesday, June 24
Pella Christian 9, Grinnell 8
Ames 5, Knoxville 0
Monday, June 29
Southeast Polk 6, West Des Moines Valley 1
West Des Moines Valley 6, Southeast Polk 1
Tuesday, June 30
Madrid 3, Woodward-Granger 1
Des Moines East 11, Newton 1 (five innings)
Wednesday, July 1
Ankeny 4, Ankeny Centennial 1
Ankeny 2, Ankeny Centennial 1
Monday, July 6
Ankeny Christian Academy 9, Orient-Macksburg 8
Tuesday, July 7
Gilbert 7, Indianola 3