Miami, Fla. – May 5, 2021 – Magic City Jai-Alai will welcome fans back to the fronton on Saturdays, beginning May 8. Jai-Alai enthusiasts will get to hear the thrilling thud of a live pelota hitting the glass wall on Saturdays for the 4 p.m. performance. Admission is free, and open to all ages. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jai-alai matches have been presented on YouTube’s Jai-Alai Channel, which has offered extensive game coverage of Magic City Jai-Alai’s third and fourth seasons, among live presentations from other venues. Games will continue to be found on that platform, and will feature performances for the remainder of the season.
“There is a new reason to love Saturdays! We’re thrilled to welcome back fans in-person, and to return to a more dynamic sports experience. Having a live audience makes the game even more rewarding for the athletes who can sense the energy in the crowd and heightens the overall feel of the game,” said Scott Savin, Chief Operating Officer of Magic City Casino.
In order to enter the facility for the Saturday performances, masks and temperature checks will be required, and the room will be set up in order to maximize social distancing between guests. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Magic City Jai-Alai’s fourth season runs through November 30. The complete game schedule is: Saturdays at 4 p.m. – FREE Admission*; Open to all ages Sundays at 1 p.m. Mondays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Jai-Alai H2H (Head-to-Head) is the newest concept in the Magic City Jai-Alai program and is played on Saturdays (1 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m.). It features an alternative form of play to traditional round-robin style, with two or four similarly skilled players competing against each other in a format akin to tennis. There are six matches per day with three sets per match. Each match is won by the first player(s) to win two sets, and each set is played to six points. Players will battle head-to-head for supremacy in their respective division.
Jai-alai has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Florida is currently the only state in the U.S. in which professional jai-alai is still played. For more information on the Magic City Jai-Alai program, visit http://www.magiccitycasino.com/jai_alai.