Sounds announce new virtual experience for fans

The Nashville Sounds announced on Tuesday their “Safe and Sounds at Home” initiative, which aims to provide virtual entertainment for fans during the absence of Minor League Baseball games during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Safe and Sounds at Home” campaign begins on April 9 in place of the originally scheduled season opener against the Iowa Cubs. The campaign will continue until MiLB officially begins its 2020 season.

In place of every originally scheduled regular season game, the Sounds will participate in simulated games of MLB The Show, complete with highlight reels and Player of the Week awards.

“During this extremely difficult time for people around the world, we want to do our part to encourage everybody to stay home if at all possible,” Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse said in a release.

“Safe and Sounds at Home gives our fans the feeling of being at First Horizon Park as much as possible until we get started. We want to encourage our fans to interact as much as possible and help make the best out of this unfortunate situation.”  

Fans can participate in their favorite First Horizon Park in-game entertainment options with virtual showings of the First Horizon Country Legends Race, First Horizon Kids Run the Bases and FOX 17 News Friday Fireworks shows as part of the campaign.

Other elements to be included are Tito’s Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays and Winning Wednesdays presented by Pepsi, among others.

The Sounds were slated to open their season on Thursday with a five-game series against the Iowa Cubs. Major League Baseball officials are believed to be focusing on plans to allow the season to start in May in Phoenix with games being played in empty stadiums with no fans in attendance.

"While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan," MLB said in a statement on Tuesday. "While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the Players Association.

"The health and safety of our employees, players, fans and the public at large are paramount, and we are not ready at this time to endorse any particular format for staging games in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the coronavirus."

It is unclear how long after MLB potentially begins its season — if at all — that MiLB teams would be allowed to begin their season.

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