Buckle up, baseball fans.
Downtown South Bend will be the epicenter of the Midwest League from June 17-19 as Four Winds Field, one of the best ballparks in minor league baseball, hosts the league’s 55th annual all-star game festivities. The game itself is scheduled for June 18. But the event will be about much more than the on-field action.
All-Star Fan Fest and the Home Run Derby are scheduled for June 17. Fans can expect autograph sessions, appearances by the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series trophy and more. Then there’s the game and a fireworks show that will light up the night like no other.
Ready to spend a few days in The Bend for one of our marquee events of the summer? Check out the details below and start looking into places to stay. It’s sure to be a few days where memories are made.
Scheduled for June 17, Fan Fest is going to be a baseball lover’s paradise.
Fergie Jenkins and Andre Dawson, members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, headline the list of Chicago Cubs greats expected to participate in autograph sessions. Others on the list include Leon Durham, Randy Hundley, Mitch Williams and Steve Trout.
Members of both Midwest League All-Star teams will also be available for autographs, giving fans an opportunity to rub shoulders with future MLB stars.
The 2016 Cubs World Series trophy and mascot Clark the Cub will be on site too for a sure-to-be-Instagrammable photo opportunity.
Anyone attending will want to arrive early as the first 2,500 fans to enter Fan Fest will receive a limited-edition Midwest League All-Star Game hat. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Fan Fest.
Lunch with a Hall of Famer
Jenkins and Dawson won’t be the only Hall of Famers in town for the all-star festivities.
Former Cub Ryne Sandberg is keynote speaker for a luncheon June 18 at Century Center in downtown South Bend. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beacon Children’s Hospital.
All-Star Game Night
Anyone that misses out on the limited-edition hat can pick one up June 18 on game night. The first 5,000 fans through the gate will receive one. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
Legendary Chicago voice Wayne Messmer will perform the national anthem. A grand fireworks show is then scheduled for after the game goes final, capping off a memorable couple of days in The Bend.