Welcome to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, a baseball throw (or just a little further) from the Atlantic Ocean on South Carolina’s Grand Strand.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Chicago Cubs Low-A Affiliate since 2021, Cubs Affiliate since 2015
Established: 1999 (in Class A Advanced Carolina League)
Baseball Stadium: TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark (opened in 1999)
League: Bas-A East, South Division
Notable alumni: Eloy Jiménez, Joey Gallo, Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur
Championships: 1999 *, 2000, 2015, 2016 (all in the Carolina League, * 1999 title shared with Wilmington)
The Myrtle Beach Affiliate Ball is relatively young compared to the professional ball in the Carolinas. The minor leagues first arrived on the Grand Strand in 1987 with the Myrtle Beach Blue Jays making their home in the city until 1992, their last two seasons as the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes. The area was without a minor league team from the time the Hurricanes left until 1999, when the Pelicans arrived and grew into a mainstay of summer on the coast. They did so as a franchise descended from one of baseball’s most enduring pop culture identities. When Bull Durham made his team and namesake city famous in the sports landscape, Durham, North Carolina built a new stadium and landed a Triple-A franchise. His former Advanced Class A team bet on the stakes after the 1997 season, spent a holding campaign in 1998 as Danville (Va.) 97s while waiting for his new baseball stadium to be completed in Myrtle Beach, and headed to South Carolina the following year.
With the Southeastern Preferred Team as its parent club, the Atlanta Braves affiliated Pelicans kicked off franchise history by winning Carolina League titles in their first two seasons. The 1999 crown was shared with the Wilmington Blue Rocks after Hurricane Floyd forced the Mills Cup Championship Series to be canceled. The following year, the Birds finished the job, sweeping Lynchburg 3-0 in the final.
Affiliated with Atlanta until 2010, the Pelicans teamed up with the Rangers from 2011 to 2014, reaching the playoffs in all four years. In 2015, they became affiliated with the Cubs and immediately took advantage of the new bond, winning the league championships that year and the next.
1251 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
Capacity: 4,800 places, up to 6,599 standing places included
Dimensions: left field, 308 feet; Central field, 400 feet; Right field, 328 feet
Built for the 1999 season, the Pelicans’ TicketReturn.com field has aged gracefully and has kept one thing at its core: baseball. While it doesn’t have the flashiest amenities and basic features of newly built facilities, few things compare to a summer night near the shore with a beer (bat) in hand and a breeze. coming from the Atlantic.
Pelican ownership and management know that fans have more than enough competing options for entertainment around the Grand Strand and beyond, so they keep it simple: great food, great baseball, great baseball, family entertainment. affordable. While the Pelican House doesn’t have an upper deck, Ferris wheel, lazy river, or some of the other wild features of recent construction through the miners, the Myrtle Beach franchise has consistently been able to add and modify, keeping its stage fresh, updated and beautiful. Seats – which were repurposed from the now demolished Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, extend beyond the first and third bases where group accommodations extend beyond: the beach (a parcel covered with sand near the bullpen) along the left field line and the picnic area on the right side of the field. Beyond the walls, fans can sit in the Thirst Inning Bleachers to the left and on a platform overlooking the bullpen to the right.
In addition to traditional baseball items, the Pelicans drew on their southern culinary roots as well as their relationship with Chicago. As a tribute to their parent club, the Birds offer a selection of Italian beef sandwiches and their Deep Dish Pizza Burger, complete with a half-pound burger sandwiched between two Chicago-style mini pizzas for buns.
Southern dishes like chicken and waffle bites as well as fried shrimp are on the menu, as are chicken meatballs (a dish native to Horry County made up of rice, chicken and mixed vegetables, fried and served with spicy mayonnaise in the pelican twist). And of course, the Pelicans gained notoriety in 2021 for their beer bats which have spread all over the baseball world. For those thirsty in attendance, Hops Heaven offers local beers and high-end dining.
Splash Pelican has been Myrtle Beach’s best bird since the franchise arrived in the late 20th century, cheering on its favorite club through four Carolina League Championships and now into its new era at Low-A East.
Additionally, Rally Shark provides Splash with mascot support and fights to give Pelicans an extra boost on the pitch when they need it most. Pelicans were also one of the first to adopt the juvenile bat dog. Dinger came in first, then Deuce, and Slider is currently playing the role of Myrtle Beach’s most popular puppy.
As one of the top tourist destinations on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach is full of attractions, but one surpasses them all: the beach. With over 60 miles of white sand beaches in the area, the Atlantic Ocean marks the first draw. Beyond, the pelicans are close to the famous Myrtle Beach Ripley’s aquarium, dozens of miniature and full-size golf courses, dinner shows and more. Just across 21st Avenue North from TicketReturn.com Field east Broadway at the beach, constantly evolving business and entertainment development. A few minutes by car from the stadium, Barefoot landing and Appeal offer luxurious vacation options.
Food and drink
There are literally thousands of restaurants across the Grand Strand and beyond the coast of South Carolina, so there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. In Myrtle Beach, team staff favorite Dagwood’s Deli and Sports Bar serves some of the best sandwiches in town. A little further from the stadium, Habibi cafe and market launches delicious Lebanese cuisine while Gino’s is one of the many great pizza options of relocated New Yorkers. The House of the sea captain offers upscale oceanfront dining in an old beach house. Breakfast at Magnolia is another tradition of front office staff while Harry’s is one of the nearly countless pancake options that dot the city’s culinary landscape. Mexican party offers dining options south of the border. Pine Lakes Tavern is a local bar with stellar food that bills itself as Myrtle Beach’s first non-smoking sports bar, and RipTydz is a new beachfront restaurant with a rooftop bar. Another thing that Myrtle Beach does like few other communities is the buffets. If you’re up for a heart-wrenching adventure, you’ve come to the right place.
The Myrtle Beach area has almost every accommodation option imaginable. From luxury hotels to beachfront campgrounds to beach houses and more, there really is something for everyone. Broadway at the Beach offers plenty of accommodation within walking distance of the stadium while dozens of hotels overlook the beach.
The Carolinas are the birthplace of Minor League Baseball. With a realignment ahead of the 2021 season, the Pelicans now sport a pair of rivals in the state, the Charleston RiverDogs and the Columbia Fireflies. Palmetto State is also home to High-A Greenville Drive, while the Low-A Augusta GreenJackets are technically in South Carolina, though they’re likely identified by most as a Georgia team. In North Carolina, ten other teams exist on scenic roads a few hours from the coast.
Suiting their distant fan base footprint, the Cubs have affiliates across the map. The Chicago scale bounces between the South and the Midwest, with branches in South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, and Iowa.
Bottom-A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Top-A: South Bend Cubs
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Triple A: Iowa Cubs