Check out the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Delmarva Shorebirds

There’s always plenty of excitement surrounding major league opening day, but there’s lots of fun to be had in the minor leagues with the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Delmarva Shorebirds.

We spoke with Shorebirds General Manger Chris Bitters and Blue Rocks Assistant Director of Media Cory Nidoh about what to expect on game day.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks play at Daniel Frawley Stadium, 801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington. Their opening home game is April 12.

The Delmarva Shorebirds play at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, Md. Their opening home game is April 5.

1. How much are tickets?

Buy tickets online. Just Google “blue rocks tickets” or “shorebirds tickets” and click on the link. Shorebird tickets are $10 to $14; Blue Rocks $6 to $12. Both have specials throughout the season.

2. Are tickets usually available at the gate?

Both teams typically have tickets at the gate, but Bitters suggests that getting them ahead of time “makes your game day experience that much better.”

3. What kind of food/refreshments do they serve at the stadium?

You’ll find ballpark fare at both stadiums – hot dogs, pretzels, pizza, etc. There’s a wide selection of craft beers and other food choices from a variety of different vendors. “Chicken is pretty popular down our way,” Bitters said. At Frawley, you’ll find Delaware’s only Chicky & Pete’s and Grotto’s Pizza – the official pizza of the Blue Rocks.

4. What’s the best time to go to avoid crowds?

Weekend games are almost always guaranteed to have larger crowds. Both teams offer ticket specials throughout the week, like the Shorebirds’ $2 Mondays at Perdue (hot dog, soda and ticket at $2 each), while at Frawley, Nidoh said, April and August are their slower months. “Once summer hits, the stands are packed – we have a loyal fan base that comes out no matter what.”

5. What are the most popular times to go?

Both Frawley and Perdue fill pretty fast on the weekend, but when the weather improves and the kids are out of school, the weekday games are sometimes just as popular. “We have something for everyone here at Perdue,” Bitters said. Nidoh notes “Fireworks Fridays” and giveaway nights are always popular.

Full game schedules are available online.