By Brian Hurlburt
Spending a night at the ballpark watching the Las Vegas 51s, the minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, is an affordable and amazing big league experience.
Since 1983, watching minor league baseball in Las Vegas has been something that locals and visitors have loved to do. It all started with the Las Vegas Stars, the minor league affiliate of the nearby San Diego Padres. The Stars have morphed into the 51s—and now the Amazin’ Mets are the big league club—but the entertainment value and overall experience at Cashman Field continues to attract hundreds of thousands of fans each season.
Taking in a Las Vegas game is a chance to watch future stars in an up-close and personal setting. Last year, the Mets made it to the World Series and several former members of the 51s had a big impact during the playoff run. Among the notables were pitchers Noah Syndegaard, Steven Matz and Jake Degrom, plus catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
But the 51s experience isn’t just about watching terrific baseball. There are dozens of amazing fan promotions each season. For example, every Monday is dubbed Smith’s Value Menu Monday and features concession stand discounts. Each Thursday is dollar beer night sponsored by Budweiser.
Dotted throughout the rest of the calendar are special nights including fireworks shows, team apparel giveaways, doggie friendly games and many more. Check out the schedule of promotions below and at Lv51.com.