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MLB and Fort Brag set for Historic weekend

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MLB set for first ever professional game played on an active military base.


Major League Baseball and Fort Brag are about to do something that has never been done.  On Sunday July 3rd the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves will play a game at Fort Brag, North Carolina.  

What is more fitting than on the weekend of our 240th Independence Day celebration, Baseball takes the time to recognize the true heroes of this country.  The MLB will honor our men and woman of the United States military.

Fort Brag Ball-Park

Fort Brag military installation will host the game at their newly constructed 12,500 seat stadium.  After this game the stadium will be converted to a softball facility for the residents of Fort Brag.  There are around 250,000 residents that will have access to the new stadium when it is converted.  This facility was a gift given to our service men and woman through the Joint industry growth fund.

About the game

This is a game that represents so much more than just a regular season baseball game.  This is Major League Baseballs chance to truly pay their respect to our Military.  Many of them had things to say about what the game means to them.

“I appreciate the troops and everything they do for us, especially having a service member in my family,” the Marlins’ star left fielder, Christian Yelich said. “It will be extra special for me to be out there. I know it’s an army base. We owe those guys a lot.”


“Any time you get an opportunity to do stuff like that, it’s an honor, especially to go to an active base in front of the troops,” Pierzynski said. “That’s what you do this for because those guys are the real heroes with what they do to protect us and our way of life every day. It will be pretty amazing.”

Braves vs Marlins

Both organizations took the time to express their feelings about this opportunity to take part in this historic event.

“The Atlanta Braves organization is extremely honored to be chosen to play in the Fort Bragg Game and to entertain some of our nation’s patriot men and women,” Schuerholz said. “It is special for our fans and our entire organization that we are playing this game in Braves Country — Fort Bragg, N.C.”


“It’s a distinct honor to play the Atlanta Braves at Fort Bragg, one of our nation’s oldest and most revered military bases,” Marlins owner and CEO Jeffrey Loria said. “It also makes sense for America’s pastime to honor real American heroes by playing this regular-season game for the soldiers and fans.”


Fort Brag military installation

Fort Bragg is a installation of the United States Army and is the largest military base in the world with more than 50,000 active duty personnel. The base is located within Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett and Moore counties, North Carolina.


Rob Manfred- MLB commissioner


Major League Baseball’s boundless gratitude to our military has led us to a unique event that will benefit the men and women of Fort Bragg and their families for many years,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “I thank the Braves and the Marlins for their participation and all of our clubs and players for contributing to this gesture, which will stand as a fitting new chapter in the National Pastime’s proud and distinguished military history.”

This is an awesome opportunity to enjoy two of the things that are great about America, Baseball and our United States military.