set of players will be taking the TicketReturn.com field next year.
The Chicago Cubs are the oldest currently active franchise that is still playing in their original city. Wrigley field, the Cubs iconic stadium, is the oldest stadium in the National League and the second oldest stadium within Major League Baseball.
“The Cubs are an iconic national brand,” said Pelicans General Manager and Vice-President Andy Milovich. “The success of our business is determined by fan interest, the quality of baseball, and the impact on Myrtle Beach from a tourism perspective. In each of these instances, the Chicago Cubs clearly offered the most upside. The Cubs strengthen the Pelicans brand in a way that few, if any, other major league franchises could. Cubs fans can now visit their future stars in one of the iconic vacation destination spots in the US.”
Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, was quoted in the Pelicans press release, praising the news.
“Having our local baseball team linked with a truly national franchise that has as rich of a history as the Chicago Cubs is a great feat for the Myrtle Beach area. A growing number of our visitors are from the Chicago area, and this affiliation will link our community to the hopes of Cubs fans across the country.”
The affiliation change comes on the heels of several very positive Grand Strand tourism developments. Just a few weeks ago the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was recognized as one of the top Boardwalks in the country and recently Flipkey.com named Myrtle Beach its top fall travel destination.
“We are excited to reach an agreement with Myrtle Beach and begin working with Chairman Chuck Greenberg and General Manager and Vice President Andy Milovich,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development. “Myrtle Beach is a well-respected franchise that will serve as a beneficial destination for our young players. We look forward to developing a successful relationship with the franchise and community.”
For the past four seasons the Pelicans had been affiliated with the Texas Rangers, and prior to that, the Atlanta Braves.
“From a baseball standpoint, the Cubs currently stand alone as far as minor league talent,” Milovich remarked. “The players in their system position us well to get us back to the Mills Cup Championship Series and hopefully see our players move on to be a part of a World Series run as well.”
For information and tickets contact the Pelicans at 843-918-6002.
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