The Down East Wood Ducks will have 70 regular-season home games in 2019 and an exhibition game Monday, April 1, the team said in a news release to announce its schedule for next year.  

The Wood Ducks will also open the season at home for the first time in its three-year history as Down East will kick off the campaign on Thursday, April 4 against the Carolina Mudcats. Opening Day will begin the longest home stand in team history as the Woodies play their first 11 games at home (Carolina April 4-7; Myrtle Beach April 8-10; Lynchburg April 11-14). 

The 2019 season will see the Carolina League implement more of a balanced schedule so the 70 home games will feature 39 match ups against Northern Division opponents and only 31 against Southern Division opponents. The 2018 schedule was weighted more towards playing division opponents so the Wood Ducks had 48 home games against Southern Division opponents and only 22 against Northern Division opponents. 

The other change in the Carolina League for 2019 is Fayetteville being listed on the schedule, as the Buies Creek Astros finally move into their permanent home. The Wood Ducks released game times as well with the one change being that all Sunday games will now start at 1 p.m. (except for the July 28 game). 

“I’m really excited about the schedule and I think our fans will be too," Wood Ducks General Manager Wade Howell said in the news release. “We finally get to start the season at home and the balance schedule will give our fans more chances to see the other 9 teams and all of the great young players in the Carolina League." 

The Wood Ducks had previously announced that 2019 Season Tickets are on sale. Reserved Grandstand season tickets are available for $370 per seat and includes tickets to all 71 home games. Season tickets can be purchased online at www.woodducksbaseball.com, by calling the Wood Ducks Team Offices at 252-686-5172 or in the Wood Ducks Team Offices located at Grainger Stadium (Mon-Fri – 9am-5pm).