Baseball season is heating up and whether you love the sport itself or just go for the beer and hotdogs like me, there is something for everyone to love about baseball. From Baseball Hall of Fame inductions to local games starting in June, Albany County and the surrounding area has a lot to offer this baseball season. Sit back, relax and play ball!
The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 28-30, with the annual Induction Ceremonyscheduled to take place on Sunday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. Admission to the Ceremony is free and the Ceremony will be broadcast live on MLB Network. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to return for Hall of Fame Weekend, with the full list of returnees to be announced in early July, to honor the Class of 2017 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Be there as National Baseball Hall of Fame members make the annual trip to Cooperstown, NY to be part of this special weekend, and attend the weekend's events. Included in this special weekend are a Baseball Hall of Fame Membership, Weekend Admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and much, much more! Packages are available with General Admission or Preferred Seating at the Induction Ceremony.
Looking to catch some local baseball action for yourself? Enter the Tri-City Valley Cats, a Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros and a member of the 14 team New-York Penn
League conveniently located just over the river in Troy, NY. Located on Hudson Valley Community College's campus, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is a 4,500 fixed-seat stadium that opened its doors in June 2002. About a five minute drive from the State Capital, the facility includes 10 luxury suites, a spacious picnic area, and a grass seating berm. "The Joe" has an open air concourse designed to give every seat a great view of the field and an intimate ballpark feel!
We have more local action coming at you, this time from the Collegiate Baseball League and
our very own Albany Dutchmen! The Albany Dutchmen were one of the eight original founding members when this groundbreaking league was formed in 2010. Players must have remaining collegiate eligibility to participate which gives the league a unique flare. Stop by a Dutchmen game and see players from our local colleges including, the College of Saint Rose, University at Albany and Siena College. Games are held at Bellizzi Stadium occurring almost daily. Sunday games are held at 5:05pm and Monday through Saturday games take place at 7:05pm. Do not miss out on a chance to watch some quality baseball this summer right in your backyard!
The National Baseball Hall of Fame isn't just a place to host inductions, it is a place to honor the game; the official home of baseball. Take a trip to Cooperstown, NY and see first-hand the
museum dedicated to honoring the great's of baseball past and present. From Babe Ruth to Women in Baseball, The Museum at the National Baseball Hall of Fame covers it all. Take a walk through "Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience" complete with real memorabilia from outfielder James "Cool Papa" Bell or take a walk through the Hall of Famer Plaque Gallery where the memory of more than 300 Hall of Famers with live on forever. This summer, create memories that can last a lifetime in Cooperstown, NY and the Baseball Hall of Fame where every fan can learn more about the game.
Looking for a place to eat afterwards?
Recovery Room is a true sports pub, with memorabilia from local and national teams, and classic American comfort food. Try on their Triple Play Burger, with fries, or slide into home with their Home Run Burger, with your choice of over 50 beer! Because honestly, what's a game without beer?
Or head over to Crossgates Mall, and where you can grab a Pretzel Dog (pretzels and hotdogs-need we say more? Dave & Buster's boasts that they are the only place to watch the games and play the games, and looking at their set-up, we have to agree. Catch a game on one of their massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound, and then, celebrate your team's victory with some skeeball or a bout in the Star Wars Battle Pod.
Lucky Strike Social offers bowling and then some. And by "then some" I mean
endless possibilities! Stop by their newest location in Crossgates Mall for some delicious food and drink and continue the night in their bowling alley and full game room!