Pirates Fans Hold out Hope for Season
By Jake Berger
As the Coronavirus pandemic has ripped through most of the Commonwealth bringing uncertainty surrounding most to people’s everyday lives, the Massachusetts Pirates and their fans have not given up hope to see their favorite arena football team compete for a championship once again this upcoming season.
The people of Massachusetts look forward to spending a night in Worcester with family while also going to see the Pirates play. With the pandemic taking away the best things, football at the DCU Center is up in the air for this season.
After a bit of a down year going 8-6, Pirate fans hope for another playoff run after the team lost to the Carolina Cobras in the semifinals. Fans are still pulling for the Pirates to be able to play games with fans in attendance.
“I’m really hoping I’ll be able to attend some Pirate games this season,” Peter Bonzey of Leicester told masspiratesfootball.com. “With the ongoing pandemic, there’s a lot of uncertainty but I’m definitely praying I’ll be able to see all the guys out on the field competing for a ring this season.”
Some fans are looking to use the Pirates to distract themselves from the pandemic just like Jacob Sullivan of Oxford.
“I’m so excited for this upcoming season,” Sullivan said. “Although due to Coronavirus, the season may be played without fans, it’s definitely one of the most exciting and unique sports to watch and the crowd is like no other.”
Season ticket holder, Joe Barbato, acknowledges the uncertainty to the Pirates upcoming season due to the pandemic, but is also ecstatic to see some standouts back in action for the Pirates.
“I’m extremely excited to watch Nick Haag and the rest of the defense rip up the league at the DCU this upcoming season,” Barbato said.
Haag who was a player at Assumption College right down the road from the Pirates home arena is definitely a fan favorite for Pirate fans.
Auburn resident, Josh Adams, is hoping the team can make a deep run into the playoffs to add to the winning culture that Massachusetts is accustomed to.
“You know, I got really into watching the Pirates play this last season, it’s such an interesting game and it definitely is very entertaining,” Adams said. “I’m hoping the pandemic comes to an end and eventually it becomes safe for fans to attend games again. I was really looking forward to the 2020 season and watching the Pirates push for a championship, but with the season up in the air I’m really just pushing for a fun season.”