Like the song says, you have to root, root, root for the home team. For a long time that wasn’t an easy thing to do for Brooklyn baseball fans. In 1957, the neighborhood’s beloved Dodgers moved to California, leaving the community bereft of a home team. While many residents eventually pledged their baseball allegiance to one of the other two New York teams, many couldn’t follow that path. Luckily, fortunes changed and the neighborhood became the home of another beloved baseball team: The Brooklyn Cyclones!
Founded in 2001, this minor league baseball team (an affiliate of the New York Mets) burst onto the scene in a big way by winning a championship during their debut season. Since then, they’ve won six division championships and one more league championship in 2019. Over the years, more than 60 players have graduated from the Cyclones to the major leagues with quite a few making it all the way to the World Series.
Now celebrating their 20th year of entertaining their hometown fans, the Brooklyn Cyclones remain a summertime staple for the neighborhood. Operating out of Maimonides Park near historic Coney Island Boardwalk, the Cyclones are named after the landmark Cyclone roller coaster that’s part of Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park. Much like that famous roller coaster, the Cyclones draw large crowds to their home games thanks in large part to their winning spirit and array of special promotions. This summer, fans can enjoy a first-class baseball game along with such special events as Free Parking nights, BOGO Weenie Wednesdays, Bobble Head giveaway day and post-game fireworks displays on select nights.
Another advantage of the Cyclones games is their ticket price. More affordable to the average household than their big league counterparts, Cyclones ticket prices are under $20 for most regular season games. Even better, all Wednesday home game Brooklyn Cyclones tickets are just $10 so all members of the community have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon or evening out at the ballpark. Plus, if you’re not a baseball fanatic, you can still enjoy a summer evening event in the company of your friends, family and neighbors without having to spend a lot of money.
Easier to commute to than the major league parks, the Cyclones stadium is just a short drive away from 363 Bond Street apartments. It’s also easily accessible from the F train which you can catch at the nearby Carroll Street Station. No matter how you get there, you’re guaranteed a good time. Who knows? After a game or two, you may even sport a Brooklyn Cyclones hat and look into buying season tickets for next year!