DAVENPORT, IOWA (October 18, 2019) — The Quad Cities River Bandits announced their 2020 regular season schedule on Thursday. The River Bandits will open their eighth season as the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros on Thursday, April 9, with a home game against the Peoria Chiefs beginning at 6:35PM. The Bandits will also host the Chiefs on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, to close out the first homestand of the season.
There will be plenty of holiday baseball at Modern Woodmen Park during the 2020 campaign. The River Bandits will host the Burlington Bees on Memorial Day (May 25), welcome the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Father’s Day (June 21), celebrate Independence Day (July 4) against the Kane County Cougars, and, once again, meet Wisconsin on Labor Day (September 7). The Midwest League will not play any games on Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day.
The Bandits schedule is loaded with home games during the summer months. They play 10 home games in April, 15 in May, 14 in June, 15 in July, 12 in August, and 4 in September. Thirty-three of the team's 70 games at Modern Woodmen Park are scheduled to be played on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The Bandits longest homestand is a seven-game stretch in April that begins on 04/20 and continues through 04/26. The longest road trips of the season will last seven games with one set for April and the other in June.
The Bandits will play Clinton, Burlington, and Wisconsin 19 times each in the regular season. The LumberKings will also appear at Modern Woodmen Park 13 times, more than any other opponent in the circuit. The Bandits will be regular visitors to both Cedar Rapids and Wisconsin, playing 11 times at those particular road venues. The four Eastern Division teams making the journey to the Quad Cities in 2020 are Fort Wayne, Lake County, West Michigan, and South Bend. South Bend, a Chicago Cubs affiliate, will make their first appearance since 2018.
The standard start time for all home games Monday-Saturday is 6:35PM with exceptions for holidays and other special events. The River Bandits will host 11:15AM contests early in the season on April 21, May 6, and May 19. In addition, a pair of 12:15PM starts are set for July 29 and August 11. Saturday home games in April are slated for 5:05PM before shifting back to 6:35 when the calendar turns to May. Sunday games will begin at 1:05PM in April and May and move back to 5:05PM beginning in June.
The full 2020 schedule is attached to this email. Start times for road games will be announced at a later date.
The complete promotions schedule and start times will be released later in the offseason.
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ABOUT THE BANDITS: The 2019 season marked the River Bandits’ seventh year as the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and the twelfth anniversary season of regaining the River Bandits moniker, which was voted a top-8 nickname in all of Minor League Baseball in 2015. The River Bandits anchor the Quad Cities sports-market, which The Sports Business Journal in their latest rankings named one of the top-two minor-league sports-market in the country. Each year the River Bandits donate three annual all-tuition-paid college scholarships, a value of approximately $85,000, as part of the Bandit Scholars Program, which has been in place since 2009. Charitable contributions surpassed $600,000 in 2018, including a $100,000 cash donation to Genesis Health Systems; in 2015 and again in 2017, Ballpark Digest awarded the Bandits its “Best Charity Campaign” of the year, making the River Bandits the only team to win that coveted award twice.