Pelicans Ballpark ranks 19th among nation’s top stadia

Stadium Journey Magazine has ranked Pelicans Ballpark 19th on its annual list of the 101 best stadium experiences in sports. The list ranks the Myrtle Beach Pelicans home ballpark among, and ahead of, some of the most famous venues in all of sports.

The list’s top 20 includes notable stadiums such as Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500) and the Staples Center (Los Angeles Lakers/Clippers/Kings), with Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the Colts) topping the list.

Pelicans Ballpark outranked major sporting venues such as Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) and Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame Fighting Irish). The list ranks the Pelicans as the third-best stadium experience in Minor League Baseball, and the best in the state of South Carolina, ahead of Memorial Stadium (Clemson Tigers), which checked in at No. 46 on the list.

According to a press release issued by Stadium Journey Magazine, the publication “utilizes its FANFARE scale for ranking the stadiums on its website and for the purposes of creating this list.” The scale is based on the food & beverage at the stadium, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which it resides, the fans, access outside and inside the stadium, return on investment, and allows room for “bonus points” for unique features.  The Magazine uses reviews submitted by 80+ contributors and any ties are settled by a stadium “Crowd Score” (the average of ratings submitted by members).  This marks the second year for the rankings.

Earlier in the season, the Pelicans received their official score from Stadium Journey.com.  With the score based out of 5, the Pelicans earned a 4.6 for FANFARE Score and a Crowd Score of 4.4. Pelicans Ballpark earned the highest marks in the food and beverage category, neighborhood, access, and the extras categories.  Brian Wilmer, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent mentioned in his review that “the club combines a great product on the field with a beautiful facility in a hard-to-beat location.”

“Seeing the overall experience at Pelicans Ballpark ranked ahead of so many world-renowned venues should be a source of pride not just for anyone associated with the Pelicans, but for all residents of the Grand Strand,” said team Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich. “Certainly, we don’t have 100,000 seats, or host Super Bowls and World Series, but it’s humbling to see the fun, affordable and memory-making experience that the Pelicans provide 70 nights a year recognized like it deserves.”

The Pelicans kick off the 15th Anniversary Season on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 versus the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  Season tickets, Flex Books and Mini-Plans for the 2013 season are on sale now at the team’s  offices or by calling (843) 918-6000.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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