Kane County Cougars Join American Association for 2021 Season -- Opening Night May 18

Kane County Cougars Join American Association for 2021 Season — Opening Night May 18

The Kane County Cougars organization has announced the game schedule for the 2021 season.

Opening Night, which marks the 30th season of Cougars baseball, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, against the Chicago Dogs. The Cougars host the Dogs for a brief three-game homestand before visiting the Sioux Falls Canaries for a three-game series beginning Friday, May 21.

“We are thrilled to have baseball back at beautiful Northwestern Medicine Field,” said Cougars Vice President and General Manager Curtis Haug. “We are looking forward to the exciting, new competition we will face in the American Association, and I think our fans will really enjoy the play-to-win mindset as well as great new opponents. Additionally, the Cougars organization will continue to provide wonderful family entertainment in a safe, secure and clean environment.”

In 2021, Kane County will play 53 home games at Northwestern Medicine Field. The Cougars welcome a handful of Northern Division opponents in their first season with the American Association, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes (May 28-30), Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (June 4-6), Gary SouthShore RailCats (June 29-July 1), and the Milwaukee Milkmen (July 23-25).

Additional special events, promotions and theme nights will be announced as they are confirmed throughout the off-season.

Individual tickets are expected to be available for purchase in early April. Visit kccougars.com or follow the Cougars on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for updates.

Cougars Join American Association For 2021 Season

The Kane County Cougars announced earlier this month that the organization will join the American Association for the 2021 season.

Through Major League Baseball’s One Baseball initiative, the American Association will be under the umbrella of Major League Baseball for the first time this year. The American Association plays a 100 game schedule which will include 50 games at beautiful Northwestern Medicine Field, beginning in May.

The 11-team league includes teams in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Canada.

“The Kane County Cougars have been associated with Major League Baseball for the past 30 seasons. We are pleased that relationship will continue with the Cougars joining one of Major League Baseball’s ‘Partner’ Leagues. We look forward to working with Dr. Bob and the Kane County Cougars for many years to come,” said Morgan Sword, executive vice president of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.

Cougars Vice President and General Manager Curtis Haug said organizers look forward to welcoming loyal fans back to Northwestern Medicine Field this spring.

“After a year without baseball, we know how much everyone is looking forward to enjoying a summer night at the ballpark with the crack of the bat, a pork chop sandwich, a cold beer and the crazy antics of Ozzie and Annie, capped off by a spectacular fireworks show,” he said.

About the Kane County Cougars

Kane County CougarsThe Cougars have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates.

A total of 171 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.