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10 reasons to catch a Miracle game this season

March 30, 2018
By Chris Peters - Guest Comment , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

There is no better time of the year than spring, and with spring training just concluded, passionate baseball fans everywhere share a sense of optimism about the season to come.

Professional baseball in Southwest Florida doesn't end when the Twins, Red Sox and Rays left town at the end of March. That's when the Fort Myers Miracle are just getting started! Our players don't have multi-million dollar, long-term contracts, throngs of adoring fans, expensive homes and fancy cars. Perhaps one day they'll make it to "The Show," but until that happens, their proving ground is right here at Hammond Stadium.

As the Miracle gear up for another run at the Florida State League crown, here are 10 reasons why you should catch a Miracle home game this season:

n Fun for the whole family. To say Miracle games are kid-friendly is an understatement. Nickelodeon Day, Sway's Birthday Party (all kids get free ice cream!), Daddy-Daughter Date Night and a School's Out Celebration highlight the promotions schedule. Prior to every Sunday home game, children can play catch on the field, and after the ninth inning, kids can run the bases.

n You can't beat the price. For as little as $7.50, you can sit behind the dugout at a professional baseball game. That same ticket at a major league ballpark could set you back hundreds of dollars.

n Come for the baseball, stay for the promotions. Wild and wacky promotions are part of what makes minor league baseball so entertaining. This season's promotions include a Grandma Beauty Contest, Star Wars Night, Tribute to Bacon Night and 90s Night. Every game features multiple promotions.

n Post-game fireworks celebrations are worth the wait. This year, our team of pyrotechnicians will launch fireworks after every Friday home game, as well as Opening Night and Independence Day. That's 12 opportunities to "ooh" and "ah" after a ballgame.

n Your family can eat dinner at the ballpark. Sure, we have hot dogs, nachos and beer at Hammond Stadium, but our talented culinary team also has created an extensive menu that rivals many popular restaurants in town. Our prices won't break the bank, either.

n Watch a future MLB All-Star in the making. The Miracle were a stopping point for Big League stars like Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter, who all got their start right here in Fort Myers. The opportunity to watch a star-in-the-making is a nightly occurrence at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

n Help us lead the league in attendance. In 2017, the Miracle finished third in average attendance for Florida State League teams with 2,024 fans per game. We want to be No. 1 in the standings and No. 1 in attendance.

n Choose the seat you want. Looking for a little sunshine? We have that. Looking for a place where the kids can roam? Our lawn seating areas are perfect. You can even sit down at the bar and sip a beer without missing a pitch.

n Get some fresh air. Outdoor activities are hard to come by during the summer, but baseball is America's pastime and the Miracle have a terrific groundcrew that work magic after every rainstorm. An afternoon or evening at the ballpark sure beats mowing the lawn.

n Support your local professional sports team. The Miracle are Southwest Florida's pro team and have been entertaining fans at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Front office staff, coaches and ballpark employees are your neighbors and friends, and these aspiring young athletes regularly volunteer in the community, raise money for nonprofit organizations, read to schoolchildren and gladly sign autographs for fans who don't know their names - not yet, anyway.

Opening Night for the Fort Myers Miracle is Thursday, April 5, against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Hope to see you there!

Chris Peters is president and general manager of the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. For questions or ticket information, call the Miracle at 239-768-4210 or visit



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