9/11 Memorial Stair Climb



Annual Memorial Stair Climb anticipated to be largest ever

Comstock Park, MI – – Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 – – LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, announced today the lineup for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. The annual remembrance is anticipated to be larger than any previous.

The day begins at 9:00am on Saturday, September 11th with the annual 9/11Memorial Stair Climb and concludes with the Whitecaps baseball game and Family Fare Fireworks. Participants will each climb 110 stadium steps, replicating the 110-floor climb that many of the fallen New York city public safety members made to rescue innocent civilians. Proceeds from the Memorial Stair Climb will go to Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

“We anticipate more than 300 participants this year,” said 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Co-Coordinator Edwin Marino. “Each year the community, first responders, children, and groups come out to pay tribute to the fallen men and women. It’s a memorial and the goal is to never, never forget.”

New this year is a pancake breakfast for all participants at the conclusion of the stair climb.  In addition, each participant will be given a voucher for half-off any seat of their choice for the game that evening. The Whitecaps host the Great Lakes Loons at 7:05pm.

“It’s another way for the Whitecaps to help pay tribute to the 20th Anniversary of 9/11,” said Whitecaps Community Relations Manager, Jenny Garone. “It’s a special moment when our community and country come together to remember. This year we’re paying tribute all day long with remembrance during the game and even afterwards with fireworks.”

The Whitecaps game will begin with 96-year-old, WWII veteran John Pylman singing the National Anthem. Pylman’s video, of his rendition of the Star-Spangled banner on August 5th this summer, went viral with over seven million views.

Participants can sign up for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at https://nfff.akaraisin.com/ui/grandrapids


2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Agenda:

8:00 a.m. –      9:00 a.m.      Participant registration

9:00 a.m. –      10:30 a.m.    Memorial Stair Climb inside LMCU Ballpark

10:30 a.m. –    11:30 a.m.  Pancake breakfast and photos

7:05 p.m.   –    Whitecaps vs Loons with Family Fare Fireworks.

Broadway at the Ballpark


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announced the return of their collaboration with LMCU Ballpark to bring live theatre to the ballpark in August. Broadway at the Ballpark is scheduled for August 27th and 28th with shows at 7:00 pm each night.

The 2021 event will build on the success of the 2021 concert and will feature world-class entertainment and bigger and better entertainment experiences for all ages. The concert will feature Broadway favorites performed by Civic Theatre actors. This year, the event will also include more musical numbers, greater seating capacity, and an expanded selection of food and beverage, including beer and wine.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth aged 3-15. Children 3 and under are free. Guests will bring their own chairs be seated in the outfield of LMCU Ballpark. VIP Access begins at 5:30 pm and general admission entrance begins at 6:00. A special performance from the cast of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of the musical Once will take place from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00. Tickets are available online and at the LMCU Ballpark box office.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre back to the ballpark this year,” said Dan Morrison, VP of Sales for the West Michigan Whitecaps. “This event will once again provide an opportunity for guests to get an up-close look at our field and will offer amazing entertainment for baseball and theatre fans alike.”

Civic Theatre is returning to regular live performance after the pandemic closed their doors for nearly 18 months. As they prepare for their 2020-2021 season in September, they are returning to the ballpark for another outdoor show.

“After what’s been a very challenging year, we are so excited to return to LMCU Ballpark again in 2021,” said Ben Greene, Director of Marketing and Engagement for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. “With fewer pandemic restrictions in place, we are planning to make this experience even more enjoyable for our guests this year.”

Broadway at the Ballpark was born after both Civic Theatre and the West Michigan Whitecaps were forced to cancel regular programming in 2020 due to the pandemic. The inaugural event was a hit among guests, and both parties agreed it was something the community would love to see again in 2021.

VIP packages will be available for purchase for the event for $150. The packages include a table for up to four guests, early entry, VIP parking, and an all-you-can-eat meal plan in the General RV Campground.

“We are always looking for ways to strengthen our community partnerships and offer unique and fun experiences in West Michigan,” Morrison added. “We hope that even more families choose to make Broadway at the Ballpark a part of their summer plans this year.”

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Friday, August 27
Saturday, August 28