Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wilmington Blue Rocks Ballpark Preview

In the third of four full-season previews, Nicholas Ian Allen, formerly the Assistant General Manager of the Helena Brewers, offers insight, tips and tricks to make the most out of your experience when visiting a Minor League ballpark. We move on to the High Class-A Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Ticket Information:

  • Field Box: $11
  • Box: $10
  • General Admission: $6

With the intimate feel of a lower-classification club come lower priced tickets. Thanks to weekly promotions, fans can also secure discounted tickets.

For the Kids: 

  • Sunday games offer the opportunity for kids and parents to play catch on the field before the game, and run the bases following.
  • The Blue Rocks’ Kid’s Club is free to join, and includes exclusive events like a meet and greet with Wilmington players and a baseball clinic. The membership card allows kids 14 and under free admission on Sundays.

Best Bets:

  • The Blue Rocks are among the leaders in the industry at packing the schedule with fun and affordable events. They even pride themselves in using the phrase “AffordaFUNability” to display their goal of provide fun and entertainment to fans at an affordable price. They take the term seriously and pack the promotional schedule with events.
  • In 2014, the California/Carolina League All-Star Game will be held at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. This will allow fans to see some of the brightest prospects in High Class-A on their path to big league stardom, all in one night.
  • The club offers a different promotion for every day of the week. Among the best offerings are $1 Monday, which includes $1 hot dogs in addition to a buy one ticket, get one for $1 special. The Families Eat Free Thursdays promotion offers a ticket and meal deal for groups of four, as well as a range of theme nights, including a toothbrush holder giveaway, cowboy monkey bobblehead and Captain America Night, among many others. If you are a fan of giveaways, Saturday night ballgames in Wilmington are your best bet, including a night for a free t-shirt, scarf, salt and pepper shakers and other fun items.
  • In Wilmington, you will have an opportunity to see many personalities visit the ballpark for appearances. Fan favorite BBoy McCoy will be in the house 5/15 and The Fur Circus is in town 6/27 while wrestling fans will enjoy seeing the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase on Wrestling Night 7/25, just to name a few.
  • Somewhat unique to the Minor League scene is a Heritage Night series. The Milwaukee Brewers have spearheaded the idea among big league clubs, expanding the more common Latin American Heritage Night into a series of events to celebrate people of many different backgrounds. In Wilmington, the Blue Rocks will celebrate eight different nationalities on Wednesday games starting 5/14 with Italian Heritage Night.

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