Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that they, in partnership with the MLB Players Association, will build a new 12,500-capacity ballpark on the base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina so that the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves can play a first-of-its-kind regular season game in celebration of the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.
The game will be played on Sunday, June 3, and broadcast nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” as well as ESPN Radio at 8:00 p.m. (ET). This event will mark the first regular season game of a professional sport ever played on an active military base.
“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,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “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.”
“As the son of a Navy officer, I am extremely proud to stand with all Players and Major League Baseball as we honor our nation’s military and our country, through the playing of a regular season game in historic Fort Bragg on Fourth of July weekend,” said MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark. “Many players are the grandsons, sons and brothers of men and women who have served or continue to serve our country. This one-of-a-kind ballpark construction project provides us with an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all who serve to protect our great nation.”
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball commentators – Dan Shulman, analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone, and reporter Buster Olney – will call the Fort Bragg Game. The game will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and streamed via WatchESPN.
Fort Bragg is the nation’s largest military installation with more than a quarter million people and is the home of the Army’s Global Response Force, which provides strategic military capabilities globally in defense of our nation’s security interests.
We’re extremely grateful to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for their support to our Service members and families,” Col. Brett Funck, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander said. “This historic event and the converted multipurpose facility will have enduring benefits for our entire Fort Bragg community for years to come.
Once the game is concluded, the ballpark will be converted to a permanent softball field and multi-purpose facility for those who serve at Fort Bragg, a gift courtesy of the Major League Clubs and Players.