FirstEnergy Park, a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2001 when the BlueClaws came to Lakewood. The park features 6,588 reserve seats, 17 luxury suites, two party decks, three picnic areas, and a full, new, 1,859-square foot video scoreboard.
The BlueClaws been the Jersey Shore's top stop for affordable, family entertainment here at the Jersey Shore - a responsibility we don't take lightly - and we thank you for your support since 2001. Over the years, fans have seen some very special moments and some very special players. For example:
Two Phillies legends, Ryan Howard (2002) and Cole Hamels (2003) both played here. We retired both of their numbers as well, with Howard's #29 being retired in 2010 and Hamels' #19 being retired in 2014.
We have won three South Atlantic League Championships - 2006, 2009, and 2010 - and played for another in 2016, falling in the Championship Series to Rome.
Through 2016, we have drawn over 6.7 million fans to FirstEnergy Park - and we look forward to reaching the 7-million fan plateau sometime in 2017.
Through the 2016 season, 70 of our former players have gone From The Shore, to the Show, with Roman Quinn, a 2013 BlueClaw speedster, making his big league debut this year. This part of our history, which you can view here, is something we're very proud of and can't wait to see the next wave of Phillies and big leaguers that came through FirstEnergy Park.
If you missed it, maybe the biggest news to come out of the 2016 season was our new lease - we've extended our lease with the township and we'll be here through at least 2055! We can't wait!
We would like to thank the entire Township Committee and Lakewood Development Corporation for their help and support in the success of the BlueClaws. And of course, we also want to thank the entire Phillies organization. Without their support, the BlueClaws would not be where we are today!
For those that have discovered the BlueClaws for the first time, welcome. It is our goal to make your complete experience as enjoyable, entertaining, and family-friendly as possible. We're proud of our three picnic areas, party decks, expanded Kids Zone, 360-degree concourse, and so much more.
The BlueClaws have the best fans in Minor League baseball, and we will continue to make FirstEnergy Park a fun and exciting place to visit. We are anxious to offer you the best entertainment and the most enjoyable experience you can possibly imagine. We look forward to seeing you at FirstEnergy Park all summer long!