TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark (map it)
1251 21st Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Year Opened: 1999
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Myrtle Beach is known by many in the southeast as a popular summer destination. The city is home to many beach resorts, tons of shopping, and famous golfing. A close neighbor to the outdoor mall, Broadway at the Beach, is TicketReturn.com Field. The field opened in 1999 and has been the only home the Pelicans have ever known. Since moving here from Danville, VA (and before that, Durham, NC), the Pelicans have done an amazing job of catering to both local die-hards and casual tourists. With the massive variety of food options and many entertainment options, TicketReturn.com Field is easily a premier minor league venue.
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When visiting a single-A stadium, I don't normally expect much of their concession stands. They usually offer the basics and maybe a specialty item or two. That being said, the concession offerings at TicketReturn.com Field well exceeded my expectations. There are so many different options. Of course, there is the traditional stadium food, but at this stadium, you can do so much better. Sure, you could get a hot dog, but you could also get a Monster Dog; a half-pound hot dog with all 15 of the toppings. Yes, hamburgers are on the menu, as well, but so are Philly cheesesteaks, Boar's Head wraps, and Dickey's BBQ sandwiches. Finally, if you are looking for something a little different, try the Pelicans' signature Chicken and Waffle bites. They are chicken nuggets baked in waffle batter and can be dipped in syrup.
The stadium serves Pepsi products in sizes regular and large. TicketReturn.com Field also offers an above-average beer selection. Down the right field line is a beer garden named "Hops Heaven." They serve several craft beers, including some from a local brewery, New South Brewing, located in Myrtle Beach. As if that wasn't enough, a large draft beer will only cost you $7, a practical steal compared to many other stadiums.
After your meal, there are several options in the ballpark to satisfy your sweet tooth. Rita's water ice, Dippin' Dots, and soft-serve ice cream are among the dessert offerings. Overall, the food and drink selection at TicketReturn.com Field well exceeds most minor league food offerings.
The truly amazing part of a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game is the way the team caters to both the out-of-town tourists and the die-hard local fans. For the families, there are tons of things for kids to do. There is a playground, an inflatable area, and several nightly promotions. The night I attended, there was a group that was making balloon animals and painting kids' faces. That night also featured members of PGA of America, who offered free golf lessons to anyone in attendance.
No matter if it is before, during, or after the game, there is sure to be a game or promotion taking place. Every Sunday, fans are invited to play catch beginning 40 minutes from first pitch. Prior to the game I went to, there was a beard contest in honor of Duck Dynasty's Mountain Man being invited to the game. During the game, there is no shortage of between-inning activities. The games range from the traditional sumo wrestling to the more distinct games, such as one where the contestants must eat Oreos by sliding them down from their foreheads.
The fun doesn't stop after the game is over either. After every home game, kids are invited to run the bases. There is also a promotion similar to a hockey Chuck-a-Puck. For the Post-Game Ball Launch, fans purchase tennis balls that they can use to attempt to hit targets after the game to win prizes.
Don't be fooled by all the promotions. There is still plenty to do even if you are more interested in the game. The Pelicans have adopted a new trend in minor league baseball parks, in which fans have other places to see the game besides their seats. Fans can enjoy the game from the beer garden, as well as a patio area that overlooks the visiting bullpen. The music selection is a mix of classics along with some popular music, but nothing that is too distracting. One issue I had with the sound was the echo that comes when sitting in the outfield. If you are sitting in the outfield, be aware that all the music and PA announcer will have a slight echo.
Directly across the street from the ballpark is a huge outdoor mall called Broadway at the Beach. This mall has anything and everything you could ask for in a pre-game/post-game hangout. Most notably, there is a unique pyramid-shaped Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Joe's Crab Shack, and many other places to get a meal. Also in the area is a go-kart park, a small waterpark, mini-golf, Ripley's Aquarium, and plenty of attractions.
However, if you would rather relax on the beach, that is only a little over a mile from TicketReturn.com Field, making it very easy to enjoy a day at the beach along with a baseball game at night.
Earlier, I alluded to the two kinds of fans at the park. The fans in attendance are either tourists who are visiting the ballpark as part of their beach vacation or are truly hardcore baseball fans (who are mostly locals). The two are easy to tell apart, as the more baseball-oriented know most of the names and how the team is doing. The others spend most of their time in other areas of the ballpark enjoying the amenities. That being said, any big hit or good play is followed by a loud roar from those in the park.
TicketReturn.com Field is near the intersection of US-17 and US 501. US 17 goes through Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, and Wilmington, NC, while US 501 takes you to I-95. In short, like the city of Myrtle Beach, the ballpark is very accessible from anywhere on the east coast, and you should have no problem finding it. Once at the park, parking is free, which is a huge bonus.
If you are visiting in months after May, lower-level tickets are $13 and upper-level seats are $11. Both levels feature chair back seating, and they are fairly priced. In April and May, tickets are $2 off. If you are on a budget, $8 tickets are available year-round in the outfield, but are metal benches. Also, section 304 is actually one seat too small, meaning that the seat closest to the end of the section is pinched by the wall, making it almost unusable.
Overall, nothing feels overpriced, and the free parking is definitely a big plus. If you buy an upper-level ticket, a hot dog, and a soda, you will come in at about $21.50. That seems a bit much for a single-A game, but when you consider all the other perks that come with the park, it is just about right.
Since TicketReturn.com sponsors the field, tickets are available on your smart phone, courtesy of TicketReturn.com. In a few years, this will likely become the norm in every stadium, but for now, it's a nice perk.
The program is free and is titled In-Flight Magazine. It is quite in-depth for a free publication, offering insight into the league, the Rangers organization, and the past and present Pelicans themselves.
On the day I went to the game, there had been some afternoon showers and much of the stadium was still wet when the gates opened. The ushers all were armed with towels and would gladly dry off your seats if asked. I have no doubt that other teams would do this as well, but it is a nice gesture to the fans.
Many of the seats in the lower level have decals on the back with the name of a person or company. They state the name of the season ticket holder, and are a nice nod to the local fans.
Finally, there are three mascots present at Pelicans games. Splash the Pelican is the main mascot, and is quite charismatic. There is also a Rally Shark who is always ready to lead a late inning comeback. The only live mascot is Deuce the dog. According to the team, Deuce is "Part bat boy, part ball caddy, and all fun." Not only does he work on the field, he can also be found in the team's gift shop meeting fans.
Whether you are a baseball fan or someone who just enjoys a fun night out, it is not hard to enjoy yourself at TicketReturn.com Field. The park provides a little something for everyone, and is just an overall great stadium experience. As anyone who has been there can tell you, Myrtle Beach is a great spot for a vacation, and adding a night out at the ballpark is a no-brainer.
What do the Atlantic Ocean, seats from the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and Sports Illustrated Magazine have in common? Myrtle Beach, S.C. is the answer.
First, let me explain the place of the ocean regarding a ballpark. Located approximately one mile from the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean is BB&T Coastal Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. From 1999-2010 the Pelicans were the Class A Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. 2011 is their first year as the Class A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. From the ocean you can drive straight up 21st Avenue to the corner of Bob Grissom Parkway and 21st Avenue and you will run right into this beautiful stadium that has been the site of professional baseball since 1999. (For the record, the Toronto Blues Jays fielded a minor league team in the late " 80s - early'90s called the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes. The Hurricanes played on the campus of Coastal Carolina University). BB&T Field was recognized by Baseball America in 2009 as the best ballpark in the Carolina League.
Second, the seats in the seating bowl are from the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was the home of the Atlanta Braves from 1965-1996. Fulton County carried the moniker, "The Launching Pad," because of the copious amount of home runs it surrendered during the years. BB&T will never be accused of being a "hitter's park" because of the soft (and steady) ocean breezes which blow in towards home plate.
Third, Myrtle Beach (Pines Lakes Country Club to be exact) claims to be the birth- place of Sports Illustrated Magazine. There is a plaque acknowledging the fact as you walk into BB&T Field at the gates by the Will Call window.
To understand the history of baseball on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, you’ll need to take a trip an hour west along US Highways 501 and 76 to the city of Florence. The Blue Jays fielded a club in Florence from 1981 to 1986, playing at now-nearly extinct (except for American Legion and local small-college baseball) American Legion Stadium. Cecil Fielder, Fred McGriff and Jimmy Key were among those who took the field in Florence. Before the 1987 season, the Blue Jays moved their operation along the aforementioned route to Conway’s Coastal Carolina University, just outside Myrtle Beach. The Blue Jays (later named the Hurricanes) called Coastal Carolina’s Watson Stadium – a facility which will soon be extinct itself – home until 1992, with players such as Pat Hentgen, Derek Bell and Carlos Delgado playing for that club.
Your travels to discover Myrtle Beach’s baseball history do not end there. Get back on the highway and head considerably further north to Danville, Virginia and American Legion Field. The Danville 97s played in this southside Virginia town for the 1998 season, and would eventually become the Braves’ entry in the Carolina League – back in Myrtle Beach – for the 1999 season. Myrtle Beach ended their six seasons without affiliated baseball by welcoming the Pelicans to their then-new home, this time in Myrtle Beach instead of Conway.
The home of the Pelicans is TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, and it is one of the better overall ballpark experiences offered in the Carolina League.
Free parking is the first sign that the management here knows what matters. Tickets are slightly overpriced for High A ball, but the Pelicans are now the Cubs affiliate and it shows, with the Clark and Addison Grille an example. Post game, there was some sort of traffic diversion that forced me into the side streets which was mildly frustrating. All in all, no complaints, all minor league ball fans should pay a visit to TRCFAPB.
For a while, it seems like Myrtle Beach had been the class of the Carolina League in terms of ballparks. I haven't been to any other parks, but it seems like Winston-Salem has replaced that, but also while Myrtle Beach is great, they could stand for a few upgrades such as restrooms, sound system, and the bullpen netting. Also, I am not overly fond of the park trying to transform itself of being a mini-Wrigley complete with Cubs gear, but some touches are okay. It is just too much in some areas.
FOOD: Pretty varied, though nothing off the top. They did devote one spot as the "Addison & Clark Grill" which I think it is menu with Cub names on there thinking you are in Wrigley. The crab cake sandwich by the left field stand is excellent as is the Buffalo Chicken sandwich. But the stand-out item is the Chicken & Waffle bites, which is pretty much chicken nuggets mixed in waffle batter and the syrupy taste. For $6 you do get a lot so it isn't like they are shortchanging you.
ATMOSPHERE: Laid back, but as I mentioned, it feels like they are trying to make it like Wrigley Lite. Myrtle Beach doesn't need to do that and it really doesn't fly here. But you still get an excellent Minor League experience with the typical quirks.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Broadway at the Beach that has fun stuff and restaurants in walking distance. You aren't really by the beach so it does have a small disappointing feel.
FANS: Friendly and knowledgeable. Just not overly into the game as I thought. They didn't get up for rallies or good plays it was "oh, yay!" Maybe because the large portion of the fans were Braves fans and the Pelicans were playing the Mudcats (Braves affiliate).
ACCESS: It isn't hard to find, but not the easiest place to find. Not really by a major road (US-17, but it does not lead you directly to the park) Same goes for the parking. They had conflicting "single game parking" signs pointing to each other and there was no parking at all for that. Parked across the street near Broadway at the Beach for free. Great, but in gravel.
ROI: Not the cheapest of ballparks to go to, but they do pack a great punch with good food, and a nice place to take in a ballgame.
EXTRAS: I am adding more partly because the food was great. Also, I liked seeing Deuce the Dog run onto the field to give the umpires baseballs and just a fun, clean place to watch a game.
1114 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
1317 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
404 21st Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577