7 reasons to take ‘em out to the ballgame

The Mountain State boasts 4 top-notch minor league baseball teams worth taking to the stands for.

WV definitely has some unique games. The Princeton Rays and the Bluefield Blue Jays are one of the tightest rivalries in the country, since they’re only 12 miles apart! At West Virginia Power games, one fan gets so into it, he throws toast. And you can chow down on epic “loaded” pepperoni rolls while you cheer on the West Virginia Black Bears.

So, yeah, there’s plenty to do beyond just watching the game.

Here are 7 reasons the whole family will be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

1. Post-Game Festivities

Fireworks aren’t just for Independence Day. Ballparks launch post-game fireworks once or twice a week. You might even be treated to a free concert by local or national acts!

2. Craft Beer

Ballpark franks taste best paired with an ice-cold beer, right? Sample many varieties of locally brewed lagers, ales and stouts on tap at concession stands or during special craft beer events.

3. Delicious Food

While hot dogs and popcorn are the staple food of baseball games, you’ll find plenty of variety on the menu. West Virginia’s rich heritage is honored with special menu items from Italian to Latin food. Our favorite? Our own pepperoni rolls, of course!

4. Dog Days

Some parks have special days when you can bring your furry friends to the game. The 4-legged guests get complimentary dog treats, a special area for water stops and potty breaks, and a dog-friendly seating area.

5. Costumes

Costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Get into the spirit and dress up for themed event days! The stands are apt to be packed with superheroes, cowboys… or maybe even zombies!

6. Family Fun

Family fun days mean tons of activities for all ages during and after the game. Enjoy a DJ dance party or entertainment like face painters, magicians and caricature artists, or play a little ball of your own with the batting cage and speed pitch.

7. Giveaways

Come early and get a free goodie! On special days, ballparks hand out all kinds of collectibles like bobblehead dolls, seat cushions, pint glasses, cooler bags or T-shirts.

What do you love most about West Virginia baseball games?

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This post was last updated on October 19, 2017