It's easily one of the most historic spots we have in Muskegon County. Since 1916 Marsh Field has seen more history play out on it's hallowed grounds than just about anywhere. From the original farm team of the New York Yankees called the Muskegon Clippers to the years when women took over and it was the Muskegon Belles or the Muskegon Lassies and the Outwin Zephyrs who played there when it was the "Negro Leagues". A time that we're all glad has passed. After all, it's is the Great American Pastime....that should include all Americans, right?
Today, the Muskegon Clippers once again call it home although today's Clippers are collegiate level players who are looking to hone their skills and develop in their "off season" while school isn't in session. Much like the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Clippers team players are billeted to area families while they are here to play. They get a roof over their head and they commit to making sure that while they are here they get to develop, train, stay healthy and hopefully one day work their way up to the big leagues. It's a long road...it's a lifetime of dedication and development that not many can make, but to know that Muskegon plays a role in their future really resonates. After all, Muskegon is known for building great things. Why shouldn't we be building the future generation of athletes in any sport?
A Clippers game is a GREAT family night out. Season tickets are only $80 bucks. Single game tickets start at only $5 and there will be lots of added amenities this season for fans. Concessions are kept affordable, there are tailgate opportunities, beverages are cold hot dogs are hot and one of the best parts of the game is that the intimacy you'll feel with the players and staff won't be found anywhere else. You are literally within talking distance to the players. It's a remarkably up close and personal feel.
The home opener of the Muskegon Clippers season is happening at Marsh Field on June 8th. It's this Friday night and they are expecting a great crowd for opening night, so if you're planning on going, get there early and get your spot in the seats. There is also some added lawn seating this year so it might not hurt you to have a lawn chair in the car with ya if you'd like to go that route. Game time is 7:05p Friday night.
I caught up with Pitching Coach and General Manager Steve Cutter to talk a little about the team and the upcoming season at Marsh Field. Take a listen to our chat to hear more.
We're proud to support the Muskegon Clippers and we're even more proud to know they support us. When you're at the game, keep an eye out for the big Muskegon Channel banner hanging out there in the outfield. This is something we have to be proud of in Muskegon and rally around. Make sure you head to Marsh Field to catch a game or two this Summer. Enjoy the history. Enjoy the community and maybe catch a future All Star playing right here in Muskegon and you can say you saw them when. For more on the Muskegon Clippers. Click on their photo below to visit the team website!