Each year more than one hundred events take place at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, NC! These events include high school baseball, college baseball, American Legion baseball, sports clinics, concerts, and festivals, including the Grizzlies popular Ballpark Beer Fests in March and October!
Sims Legion seats 4,000 fans and had over seven sell-outs this past season! Sims Legion Park is one of the most authentic baseball parks still in use in the country today and is a great place to bring the family on a summer night to enjoy the finest entertainment around!
Sims Legion Park has been the proud host of the Grizzlies since 2002. In the early 90’s the park hosted the Gastonia Rangers, the single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The park was built in 1950 but underwent a total renovation in 1977, and has hosted numerous teams since then.
In 2011 the City of Gastonia and the Grizzlies teamed up once again on a major face lift for Sims Legion Park. The biggest change was the brand new concourse built in front of the stadium. The concourse features a new ticket booth and two new entrances into the stadium. In addition to the new concourse all three grandstands and the box seats were painted and fans installed in the main grandstand. The Grizzlies also built an entirely new beer garden and group area for added entertainment and seating opportunities.
Such greats to call Sims Legion Park home:
Andy Van Slyke (Cardinals, Pirates), Sammy Sosa (Rangers, White Sox, Cubs, Orioles), Juan Gonzales (Rangers, Tigers, Indians, Royals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers, Marlins, Tigers), as well as former Major Leaguer Tug McGraw (Mets, Phillies) who pitched one game for the Rangers in 1989.