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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Install New Playing Surface, Rename Ballpark

By Martin Rickman -- March 05, 2012 1:14 PM EST

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans recently installed a new playing surface, and they'll now have a brand spanking new name to go along with it.

The stadium, now called simply "Pelicans Ballpark," will continue to host the Texas Rangers' Carolina League affiliate, in addition to serving as the home ballpark for early season action for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Opening in 1999, the stadium was previously called Coastal Federal Field and BB&T Coastal Field. The ballpark has seen over $2.5 million in renovations over the last five seasons, including a new videoboard, a beach on the left field line, new bleachers and other additions.

The Pelicans have had a number of notable former players come through the ranks, including Elvis Andrus, Jeff Francoeur, Rafael Furcal, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Brian McCann, among others.

Pelicans Ballpark, which seats 6,000, also hosts national concerts and was a primary filming location for HBO's "Eastbound & Down".

The Myrtle Beach team opens its season against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on April 6.

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