LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Whitaker Bank Ballpark is the home of the Lexington Legends. Now that their season is officially underway, ABC36‘s Erica Bivens takes us on a tour of what goes on behind the scenes.
From the time you enter the ballpark, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is the aroma of food.
“In the past, we’ve had kettle corn. This year we also have these candy coated pecans, cashews and almonds,” said special projects manager Anne Mapson about their new vendor ‘Nuts for You’.
Affordability and variety is what Andy Shea, the CEO and President of the Lexington Legends, says they pride themselves on, “We’ve got our hamburgers, hot dogs a la carte, however you want them.”
Another area with variety is the gift shop.
“Everything with the mustache is the most popular thing we have here. But also, our new Copa de la Diversion logo, shirts, colors, everything has been very, very well received in the community,” said Shea.
Just outside the swag stop, you’ll notice a unique piece of artwork featuring a giant mustache made up of tiny baseball bats.
“We hired a team of artists to create and build this for our 15th anniversary season. We had all sorts of people sign it, all the fans, the thousands of fans that came to a game,” explained Shea.
And thousands attend these games on a regular basis.
“Our record was when Roger Clemens pitched here in 2006,” said Shea.
Shea says his favorite place to take in the game is from the Bull Pen Patio. Groups can also head to the Stables or the Pepsi Party Deck.
“Grab a soft drink, grab a beer, grab something to eat. You’re really part of all the action,” said Shea.
If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive, you can head up to one of their suites.
“We have 26 single suites. We rent about six of them out on a nightly basis,” explained Mapson.
Another place you’ll catch a good view of the game is from the press box. It’s the hub for running in-game promotions, graphics, music and where the play-by-play announcers work.
Got kids? There’s an area for them. One of the activities they can try is the Euro Bungee which is basically a trampoline with bands that allows you to jump and flip in a safe manner.
If you’re looking for more of an educational experience, schools can sign up for Education Day.
Shea says their goal is to, “Educate all of them on the science, the math, the history that’s been in our game of baseball. But then obviously also to have a little fun at the ballpark.”
The Legends will host one final Education Day this season against the Augusta GreenJackets on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:35 a.m.
Fun at the ballpark always includes a visit from the Legends mascot ‘Big L’.
And while the main attraction is on the diamond, the ballpark is used in a number of other ways.
“We have this stadium for 365 days a year so we try to utilize it as much as humanly possible, in addition to the 70 regular home season games. Of course, we have more when we win a championship like last year,” said Shea.
The ballpark also serves as a venue for the high school state tournament, college games, regular season high school games and more than a dozen charity walks, according to Shea.
It will also be the site for their ‘Summer Kickoff at the Ballpark’ concert on Saturday, June 15.
It’s always busy at Whitaker Bank Ballpark especially during the Legends season. Mapson says they have around 20 full time year-round employees but once season hits, it jumps to 200.