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February 3rd Whitecaps Winter Gala Postponed

Concerns over local health and safety persuade Whitecaps Community Foundation to choose later date

Comstock Park, MI – Thursday, January 13, 2022

  • The annual Whitecaps Winter Gala presented by Eastbrook Homes, celebrating “The Golden Age of Baseball,” will be moved to a later date due to concerns about the continued rise in Covid-19 numbers. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Ted Rasberry Youth League and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities
  • “In the interest of our fans, we feel strongly this is not a good time to hold the event,” said Whitecaps Community Relations Manager Jenny Garone. “We’ll move the event to later in the year when we can gather more safely.”
  • The Whitecaps are contacting all who have tickets to discuss their ticket options for the event. More details about the rescheduled date will be announced soon. If you have questions about the event being postponed you may call (616) 784-4131.

About West Michigan Whitecaps: The Whitecaps minor league baseball team was established in 1994. The Whitecaps are the High- A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play in the Eastern Division of the High-A Central League. The team’s home games are played in West Michigan’s favorite, largest, outdoor, multi-purpose venue, LMCU Ballpark. For more information visit whitecapsbaseball.com. Contact: Jenny Garone at jennyg@whitecapsbaseball.com or Steve VanWagoner at stevev@whitecapsbaseball.com or 616.318.8949 (mobile).

LMCU Ballpark Will Be Cashless in 2022

West Michigan Whitecaps begin 2022 season with credit card & contactless payments only

Comstock Park, Michigan – – Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – – The West Michigan Whitecaps announced today that LMCU Ballpark is moving to cashless transactions beginning with the 2022 season. The Whitecaps join the growing number of minor league ballclubs and West Michigan businesses in using credit cards, debit cards, and contactless payments only.

“We want our transactions to be faster, more convenient, and more secure,” said VP and General Manager Jim Jarecki. “We began the transition to touchless payments throughout much of last season. We observed most fans used the cashless option. Even locations in the ballpark taking cash were being used by fans with a credit card.”

Cashless transactions have been shown to reduce time fans spend in line and transactions at the register, improving the overall fan experience, and shortening lines. All areas of the ballpark will be cashless including parking, concessions, the Capsized Shop retail store, hospitality decks, and the 4Topps seating areas.

“For more convenience, we will also have areas where fans can convert their cash to gift cards, easy and free,” Jarecki added. “More efficient lines will help keep fans more safely distanced. There are more details to come before the season starts.”

The Whitecaps Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at LMCU Ballpark. 2022 Group Experience tickets are on sale now; Decks, Suites, More! Bring your group in 2022! Click here to learn about group pricing and discounts.

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Christmas Lights Return

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark will return starting November, 24th. Below are details about the show and some of the other activities that will be offered this holiday season.

For questions about the Christmas Lite Show please contact The Christmas Lite Show directly:

Phone: (616) 745-9955

Website: www.christmasLITEshow.com

Email: christmasliteshow@gmail.com

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.