Ten years ago, on 11 May 2005, a full house filled the newly built Clipper Magazine Stadium as the Lancaster Barnstormers took to the field for the first time. It was a long time coming. Many Lancaster baseball fans had waited 44 years for a local team again. Former St Louis Cardinal and Lancaster native son Tom Herr stepped up to the plate as the Barnstormers’ first manager. It was Herr who led the team to a championship in 2006.
On 1 May, the Lancaster Barnstormers will open the gates at Clipper Magazine Stadium for their 10th Anniversary Season. They will face archrival York Revolution. The following evening, Somerset will come to Lancaster for a four game weekend series.
“We are excited to start talking about 2014, the tenth season at Clipper Magazine Stadium,” said General Manager Kristen Simon. “Now that we have the schedule, we can start locking in the community groups, theme nights, entertainment and other activities that make each of our 70 game nights at Clipper Magazine Stadium such a fantastic experience. Since the 2014 season will mark the special milestone of 10 years of baseball in Lancaster, we're busier than ever reaching out to our audience of corporate and community partners.”
The Barnstormers will actually launch their 10th season in Sugarland, TX with a four game series. Lancaster will then travel to neighboring York County to open the 2014 War of the Roses on 28 April.
The Barnstormers will then return home to Clipper Magazine Stadium to play 20 home games in May. One of the Barnstormers most successful community outreaches, the School Spirit Program, will be in full swing in May.
This coming season Barnstormers fans will enjoy even more weekend baseball as the team plays home on 36 weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) dates over the course of the season, three more than in 2013. Each of the seven Atlantic League opponents will visit Lancaster 10 times during 2014.
The Barnstormers ended the 2013 season in third place for the Freedom Division. The team is part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, which is the highest level of professional baseball, other than the Major Leagues. Approximately 40% of Atlantic League players have Major League service time. Over the next few years the League plans to expand from eight to twelve teams, which will join the existing teams in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Houston.
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