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Lexington Legends, Florence Y’Alls to meet in ‘Battle of the Bourbon Trail’ summer baseball series

The Lexington Legends and the Florence Y’Alls have announced The Battle of the Bourbon Trail, a newly formed venture to take the field this summer. Both cities will form two teams that will play in front of fans every Wednesday through Sunday starting in Florence on July 31. The Battle of the Bourbon Trail came about from both the Frontier League and Minor League Baseball canceling their 2020 seasons....

College Commonwealth Baseball Club to begin play at Whitaker Bank Ballpark next Tuesday (June 30)

Gov. Andy Beshear has given his approval, and baseball will be played at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2020. The first College Commonwealth Baseball Club game will be next Tuesday (June 30) at 5:30 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark will host baseball games ranging from college wood bat games, to youth level tournaments. “We are extremely excited and ready for baseball to be back,” said Legends President...

Andrew Murphy named voice of Lexington Legends; St. Louis native to serve as media relations director

The Lexington Legends have announced Andrew Murphy will serve as their broadcaster and media relations director for the 2020 Season. Murphy, a native of St. Louis, is no stranger to the Bluegrass as he has spent the last four years studying business management and communication at the University of Kentucky. He first found a passion for calling games at the Legends’ own Whitaker Bank Ballpark, where...

Lexington Legends to rebrand as Kentucky Beer Cheese for three days during upcoming season

For three days this season, the Lexington Legends will rebrand themselves as the Kentucky Beer Cheese. The team’s name change will take place with specialty jerseys and hats Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. Beer cheese is a huge culinary staple in the Bluegrass state. “The Beer Cheese industry is massive and has always enjoyed having a home in Kentucky after it was birthed in Clark County,” said...

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

Lexington Legends to host 90s Kickback Concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Sept. 20

The Lexington Legends have announced they will host the 90s Kickback Concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Sept. 20. Performances will include groups such as Next, Doug E. Fresh, Al B. Sure!, Shai, the Ying Yang Twins, The Luniz and Da Brat. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 and start at $49. “After the success of both Nelly and Ludacris, we are thrilled to bring even more talented artists to Whitaker...

Legends to kick off Lexington’s Pride Week on June 23 as part of new Minor League Baseball initiative

The Lexington Legends, in partnership with Minor League Baseball’s new initiative MiLB Pride, have announced Pride Day will be held on June 23 to help kick off Pride Week in Lexington. MiLB Pride is the largest documented Pride celebration in professional sports. “We are excited to help kick off Pride Week in Lexington this year,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “We want every fan that...

Lexington Legends look to defend South Atlantic League championship; season starts Thursday

The Lexington Legends, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals, are excited to announce their official roster for the upcoming season. Opening game for the Lexington Legends is tomorrow. This year’s roster will feature 14 Royals 2018 MLB Draft picks, including former Kentucky Wildcat Zach Haake. Along with five returning players from the 2018 South Atlantic League championship team, the 2019 season...

Kentucky students honored for posters, essays that show how foods get ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’

Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball...

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Lexington Legends, LexArts seeking regional artist for Lou Johnson tribute at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

In partnership with LexArts Inc. and the Lexington Legends, Legends President/CEO Andy Shea announced to the Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research that the Legends are currently searching for an artist from the region (Kentucky and contiguous states) to create a piece to honor Lexington native, and World Series hero, ‘Sweet’ Lou Johnson. Lou Johnson Sweet...

Lexington Legends announce new food options, expanded menus for upcoming season

Fans will have many new delectable food options at Whitaker Bank Ballpark this season with new partners coming on board, and existing partners expanding their menus. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: New to Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will be the Official Barbecue of the Legends. Fans can enjoy a variety of items including Dickey’s signature pulled pork sandwiches and brisket. They will...

Legends to offer fan scavenger hunt to celebrate opening of 2018 individual ticket sales March 1

The Lexington Legends play their eighteenth season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2018 as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals starting April 5. Guarantee yourself a seat at your favorite game(s) this season when individual game tickets go on sale Thursday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. Fans may purchase individual game tickets for the 2018 season in person at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark Box Office, over the...

Hip hop recording artists Nelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to perform at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

The Lexington Legends have announced that Hip Hop Star Nelly will perform at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on May 19, 2018 along with special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Juvenile. Nelly is a Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor. He has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with...

Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

Construction on new stadium forces Colonels to move first baseball series to Whitaker Bank Ballpark

As construction continues on the new Earle Combs Stadium, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team announced on Monday it will move the first home series of the season to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. The series against Oakland University is still set for Feb. 24-26, but the game time for the Friday game has been moved up to 2 p.m. The Saturday game is still set for 2 p.m., and the Sunday...

Red, White and Booming: Music concert grows, Whitaker Bank Ballpark gains stature as venue

When the gates opened at 11 a.m. on July 2, 2011 for the first Red, White and Boom event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, security personnel were in place and ready for the one-day series of country music concerts. But they didn’t have a lot to do. “We had more security people than concert-goers at that time of the day,” said Andy Shea, president/CEO of the Lexington Legends, who play...

Former UK stars Towns, Noel, Macy to compete in inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic

The Lexington Legends have partnered with John Calipari and the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience for the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, which will take place Aug. 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.   Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the celebrity softball home run derby at 5:30 p.m. First pitch for the celebrity softball game will be at 6 p.m. Karl-Anthony Towns...

One-day tickets for Red White and Boom concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on sale June 3

One-day tickets for Red White and Boom 2016, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. The 2016 event, set for Whitaker Bank Ballpark, will include headliners Eric Church (Academy of Country Music Video of the Year), Jason Aldean (ACM Entertainer of the Year), and Florida Georgia Line (ACM Vocal Duo of the Year). Other artists include Thomas Rhett (ACM Single Record of the Year...

Lexington STEAM Academy team captures Legends’ Stache Tank competition for climbing wall design

A team of ninth-grade students at STEAM Academy of Lexington has won the first Lexington Legends Stache Tank competition for their school with a design for a rock-climbing wall at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Originally, 28 teams of STEAM students presented ideas at the school on a variety of potential uses for an area beyond the right field fence at the ballpark, where a basketball court is currently located....