MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Get your gear ready and stock up on the peanuts, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are gearing up to hit the diamond for an exhibition game against the Charleston Riverdogs on Wednesday.
The official opening day is eight days away, but Wednesday is an important date as well. Staff members say the exhibition game is the opening day before the opening day - It's a chance to get the team on the field and get them into a routine after spring training.
The Pelicans expect great numbers, fan-wise. As for you, expect the return of Thirsty Thursday, Weiner Wednesdays, Locals Appreciation Saturday, and Family Sundays.
Staff members also have some new events planned. To continue celebrating the Cubs winning the World Series, they're doing things that are Cubs-focused, like a World Series Ring Presentation Easter Sunday and a candy drop for kids. There's also a three-day weekend planned in June called the Cubs-A-Palooza. Fans will be able to see and take pictures with the World Series trophy and meet former Cubs.
Also this year, there will be new inflatable games and a new bar in left field. The mission this year will be to continue to engage kids and families to create unique game day experiences.
"We've been ranked in the top five minor league baseball experiences in the country and top 50 experiences in all of sports ahead of places like Wrigley Field and Notre Dame football, so for us it's all about giving fans and family three hours of family fun," Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich said.
The Pelicans play a crucial role in the Grand Strand's push for sports tourism. The team is coming off of back to back record-setting seasons for attendance and their unique promotions continue to reel in locals and visitors.
Having a winning team like the Pelicans is another huge asset to our area's growing and thriving sports tourism appeal.
The stadium is empty right now, but about to change. Everyone with the Pelicans is very excited for this season to get started.
Outside of reeling in fans, staff members also continue to work with athletic teams that visit the Grand Strand whether it's to just to tour the ballpark or come out for an actual game.
"Investing in the facilities and field that we have throughout the community is important for the community, and then I think on top of that to the extent we can provide programming that meets the need and entertainment that meets the need of the sports-minded traveler really positions the Pelicans well," Milovich said.
America's favorite pastime gets back into full swing at TicketReturn.com Field Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. as the Pelicans take on the Charleston Riverdogs in an exhibition game.
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