Durham Bulls fans will have to wait an extra month for Opening Day.
The team announced Wednesday the 2021 season will be delayed by about four weeks from its original April 6 starting date.
Major League Baseball officials said the delay would improve the safety for everyone involved. It will allow more players to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before the season begins and allow more fans to feel comfortable filling the stands.
In a statement, Mike Birling, the Bulls vice president of baseball operations, broke the news to fans.
“While this isn’t the news we wanted to hear, we are in agreement the health and safety of our fans, players and staff are of utmost importance,” he said.
The Triple-A Bulls will now start their season about the same time in May as Double-A and Class A teams. While no new date has been announced, team officials said they will provide fans more information when it becomes available.