Shark season has finally returned!

After missing the 2020 Coastal Plain League (CPL) season due to the pandemic, the Wilmington Sharks are returning to Buck Hardee Field this summer in a big way! Under the most recent guidance from the state of North Carolina, the Sharks will be able to host nearly 800 fans for the upcoming season. The Sharks are hopeful that figure climbs even higher prior to Opening Day.

In expanding their player roster and creating a split squad, the Sharks will host 34 home games, a 30% increase in home dates compared to the 2019 season. The Sharks will also play 22 road games as part of the CPL regular season schedule. The 2019 season included record attendance and concluded with the Sharks being named CPL Organization of the Year.

The 2021 season kicks off on Thursday, May 27th as the Sharks host the Morehead City Marlins, and concludes on Saturday, July 31st with a road game against the Florence RedWolves.   The CPL playoffs begin immediately following the regular season.

Beyond Coastal Plain League games, the Sharks schedule will be sprinkled throughout with home games against teams from the Tidewater Collegiate League and the Myrtle Beach Ripken Collegiate Summer League.

The schedule will be heavy on fun promotional events fans have come to expect, including Thirsty Thursdays, fireworks shows, giveaway nights and on-field entertainment. In another great twist for fans, the Sharks will be at home nearly every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in June and July.

“We are very excited to announce a packed summer full of Sharks baseball in the Port City for the 2021 season”, proclaimed Allan Lusk, Sharks General Manager.  “After a season without Sharks baseball, we are thrilled to host such a large number of home games and welcome back our passionate fans we have missed so much.”

The Coastal Plain League will be celebrating its 25th season and will feature a four-division structure in 2021. There will be four teams in the South, East and West Divisions, and three teams in the North. The Sharks will battle in the East Division, along with the Florence RedWolves, Morehead City Marlins and Holly Springs Salamanders.

Sharks ticket package information will be announced soon along with group ticket information, and an on-sale date for individual game tickets.

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About The Wilmington Sharks

Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. While providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball, and were named the 2019 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year.

About The Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 24th season in 2020, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted by Major League Baseball and 109 of those make their Major League debut, including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor.  Another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII.

For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow the League via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.