PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Minor League Baseball returned to West Michigan Tuesday when the Whitecaps took to the diamond for the home opening game.

The Whitecaps played their first home against the Lansing Lugnuts at 6:35 p.m. at LMCU Ballpark. It was an exciting home opener that stretched into 11 innings, ending when the Whitecaps walked-off the Lugnuts and beat Lansing 11-10.

For highlights, watch the video in the player above.

Last year, capacity was limited to 25%, but there are no capacity restrictions this season. 

Gates opened 75 minutes before the game, and the Dixieland Band will performed before the game out front of the main gates. As part of opening day celebrations, the first 1,000 fans who arrived at the ballpark received Whitecaps winter hats. There was also a post-game firework show.

Whitecaps staff expected approximately 5,000 fans to come out for Opening Day.

The Whitecaps will play the Lugnuts all week and offer deals every day of this homestand. You can see those promotions in the image below. 

Fans are reminded that LMCU Ballpark is now cashless and accepting only credit cards, debit cards and contactless payments. All areas of the ballpark will be cashless, including parking, concessions, the Capsized Shop retail store, hospitality decks and the 4Topps seating areas.

Fans are also encouraged to limit the use of bags and remember that all bags are subject to search. Outside food and beverage are not allowed into LMCU Ballpark. Diaper bags and medical bags are permitted.

Masks are not required but are recommended in indoor areas such as the Pepsi Stadium Club, suites, restrooms, and Capsized Shop.

— News 8’s Madalyn Buursma contributed to this report.