Summer is approaching fast, which for some means Spartan athletics are ending. A common misconception is there’s not much left for sports fans to do in the Greater Lansing Area. Those people are wrong. Lansing has minor league sports teams that compete during the summer months that have excellent fan cultures and offer fun promotions.
A local favorite is the Lansing Lugnuts, a minor league baseball team playing Class-A ball in the Midwest League. The Lugnuts have played in downtown Lansing since 1996 and the organization has always taken pride in providing a fun, family-friendly atmosphere at their games. I have fond memories of running the bases in the stadium as a child, myself.
Opening day for the Lugnuts is April 7 against the Great Lakes Loons. The team is kicking things off right with a block party. The event will feature live music performances, merchandise giveaways, post-game fireworks and inflatables for the kids. Even if baseball isn’t your thing the Lugnuts put on countless promotional events at their games and the atmosphere at Cooley Law School Stadium can’t be beat.
The stadium will also host the fifth annual Beerfest at the Ballpark on April 28. At this event, beer snobs and casual drinkers alike gather in the area around the stadium to taste some of the best beers and ciders Michigan has to offer. Over 60 breweries participant and bring over 300 different varieties to try.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at Cooley this summer, whether you’re a kid or a beer connoisseur. It’s a long season, with the Lugnuts playing over 70 home games between now and the end of August, so there are plenty of chances to go and catch Lansing’s own baseball team in action.
Ean Montague is a junior majoring in professional writing and minoring in film studies. Outside of his studies, he enjoys soccer, rock music, sleeping, and breakfast food. He also edits content on the website for the Impact student radio station.