Written by Biko Skalla:
The Savannah Bananas are taking Banana Ball to six Major League Baseball stadiums in 2024. The first ever Banana Ball game in an MLB stadium will be on March 9th at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The home of the 2017 and 2022 World Series Champion Astros can hold 41,000 fans. It is known for its seats behind the short porch in left field called the Crawford Boxes as well as the train above them that runs on an 800-foot track and is driven by Bobby Dynamite when the Astros take the field, hit a home run, and win a game. The next Banana Ball game at a major league stadium will be on June 8th at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The oldest stadium in the bigs opened in 1912 and has seen the Red Sox win eight of their nine World Series. Fenway can hold 37,755 fans and of course is known for the Green Monster in left field, the wall over 37-feet high that is 310 feet from the plate down the line and 315 feet from home where it ends in left-center. Throw in the unique triangle in centerfield and the Pesky Pole down the rightfield line that’s only 302 feet from the dish, the shortest part of any park in MLB, and you’ve got yourself the mecca of baseball.
Banana Ball will visit its next big league stadium on July 13th when the show goes to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. With a capacity of 41,546, Nats Park is the second-largest stadium on the tour and will be the first time Banana Ball’s newest team, The Firefighters, play in an MLB stadium. Situated right along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard District of our nation’s capital, it is a beautiful modern stadium with plenty to do around it and most importantly home to the most delicious item I’ve ever had at any sporting event: the Banh Mi Dog. On August 10th Banana Ball will headline Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. With room for 34,830 fans the Guardians’ home it is the smallest of the six big league ballparks but what it lacks in size it makes up for with one of the more incredible fanbases in baseball. It holds the third-longest sellout streak in MLB history with 455-straight games being sold-out between 1995 and 2001. It also has the “Little Green Monster” in left field, as the fence sits 19-feet high and 325 feet from home plate.
When all is said and done next year the largest game in Banana Ball history will have happened on September 21st at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex which also houses Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Eagles in the NFL) and the Wells Fargo Center (home of the 76er’s in the NBA and Flyers in the NHL), the Phillies’ stadium is in a prime location for one of the most impassioned fanbases in all of sports. If you want a sneak peak of how powerful the environment in Citizens Bank Park can be, take two minutes to watch Bryson Stott’s grand slam from Wednesday night. The 2024 Banana Ball World Tour will have its final game on October 12th at loanDepot Park in Miami, Florida. The Marlins’ home opened in 2012 making it the newest of the six MLB stadiums on the tour and can hold 37,442 fans. Located in Little Havana, loanDepot Park has hosted parts of three World Baseball Classics, including the dramatic championship between the USA and Japan earlier this year. Two days after the Bananas and Party Animals battle for The Magic City, the entire cast and crew from the tour will set sail for the first ever Banana Ball cruise. Any fans who get a cabin for Bananaland at Sea will also get tickets to the tour’s finale in Miami as well.
Join the Ticket Lottery List at thesavannahbananas.com/tickets/ to Go Bananas with us in 2024!