Here’s how to watch a baseball game and the eclipse on the same … –

Today, the entire continental United States will witness its first total solar eclipse since 1918. Pretty cool, right? But we know what you’re thinking — how can I watch the eclipse and watch some baseball? Luckily for you, we’re here to help.

If you happen to be in the path of totality, that means you’ll see the moon totally cover the sun (get it?). But don’t worry if you’re not — you might still see partial coverage. Just look at this eclipse map to see which MLB stadiums are in or near the path of totality to plan your perfect eclipse/baseball day.  

(For more info about what and where the path of totality is, click here.)

* A blue logo means the home team is playing away that day, and a full color logo means the opposite. If the logo is glowing, it means that team will playing a game during the eclipse. Click the map to enlarge it. 


Map by Jenny Goldstick. 

No Major League stadium will have a game during the actual eclipse, but the Braves, whose stadium is in the 90% coverage zone, are playing at 7:35 p.m. ET, that day. But there’s a piece of Georgia in the path of totality. You could catch the eclipse in the afternoon (the sun will be completely obscured around 2:34 p.m.), and then make the approximately two-hour drive to see the Braves take on the Mariners.

But let’s say you want to see the eclipse and some baseball at the very same time. In that case, check out one of four Minor League parks that are playing eclipse games:

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

The West Coast will see the eclipse first, which means the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Giants’ Class A Short Season affiliate, will be the first baseball team in history to have an eclipse delay. Gameplay starts at 9:35 a.m. PT, and the sun will be completely eclipsed by 10:17 a.m.

Bowling Green Hot Rods

The Rays’ Class-A affiliate will take on the West Michigan White Caps at 10:35 a.m. CT. The ballpark will go dark at approximately 1:27 p.m. CT. If you’re there, you’ll get free eclipse-watching glasses. Do NOT stare at the sun. DO stare at the special eclipse jerseys that both teams will be wearing:

Nashville Sounds

Appropriately, the A’s Triple-A affiliate will be hosting an event called “Total Eclipse of the Park,” and celebrating their place in the path of totality with help from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and activities coordinated by the Adventure Science Center. Though the stadium is open, the game itself won’t start until after the eclipse is over (First Tennessee Park will see a total eclipse around 1:27 p.m. CT, and the game begins at 4:05.) Ryan Lavarnway is ready.

Columbia Fireflies

Looks like the Sounds aren’t the only team who has an ear for puns (and Bonnie Tyler). The Mets’ Class A affiliate will also host an event called Total Eclipse of the Park, beginning at 1:05 p.m ET. There will be an eclipse delay at approximately 2:41 p.m.

Speaking of Columbia, the Rome Braves even got their lineup into the act:

Of course, the ’80s pop wordplay was not merely limited to the Minor Leagues. On Monday morning, even big league teams got in on the fun, thanks to the Reds (and Joey Votto):

Quick, someone get the Phanatic on the phone:

Even Little Leaguers got into the act:

And then, at exactly 10:04 a.m. PT at Volcanoes Stadium, it happened: the first eclipse-related delay in American sports history.

The ball was preserved for posterity:

The photos say it all: