Fans First Entertainment
We are not like your typical baseball team. We are different. We take chances. We toe the line. We test the rules. We challenge the way things are supposed to be.
We think there’s a better way to do almost everything. So we will try it all. Some people may think we’re crazy. But we are okay with that. No matter what, we just want to have fun. We are driven by this goal to make baseball fun. And ultimately give fans the best possible experience at our ballpark. We call this Fans First.
The mission of Fans First. Entertain Always. guides us in everything we do.
So far it has worked. And we are just getting started.
The 2017 season marks the 16th Anniversary of the Gastonia Grizzlies. As the only professional sports team in Gastonia and with the commitment to the Gaston County community, the Grizzlies have become the heart of the Community. The Grizzlies have been named Organization of the Year, People of the Year, Business of the Year and have been recognized regionally and nationally.
For nine straight years, the Grizzlies have broken their attendance record and are routinely finishing in the top 10 in the country in attendance while winning the Coastal Plain League attendance crown.
This growth is based on the unique form of entertainment and baseball that the Grizzlies bring to Gaston County. From Dancing Players, numerous Mascots & Characters to a full time Director of Entertainment, the Grizzlies are committed to delivering an amazing experience of non-stop fun and excitement for Grizzlies fans.
The Grizzlies mission is Fans First. Entertain Always. This mission, combined with the purpose to bring people together to create lifelong memories, is what has guided and will continue to drive the franchise for many years to come.
We want to continue to give back to the Gaston County community.
The Grizzlies story keeps getting better. We are ready for another chapter. And we want you to join us.
Just buckle up: It’s going to be a crazy time.
Coastal Plain League
The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, consisting of 16 teams throughout North and South Carolina featuring the top college players from around the country. The Coastal Plain League has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The Coastal Plain League is considered one of the top prospect leagues for professional players in the country along with the Northwoods League and Cape Cod League.
Click here to read more about the Coastal Plain League.
Players can be drafted by professional teams once they graduate from high school. Those that choose to enroll in a four year university then cannot be drafted again until they turn 21 years old. Our players are those playing at major colleges such as University of Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia Southern, along with many others. Players on our roster have been recommended to our team by scouts and college coaches wishing to see those players compete against top-notch competition.
More than 1,200 players from the Coastal Plain League have been drafted in to professional baseball and 80 alums have already made it to the major leagues with more than 600 still in the minor league baseball system.
- Coastal Plain League alumni in the Major Leagues includes
- 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander
- Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman
- Former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis
- NFL Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson.