Edenton Steamers Season Begins!


The word alone evokes memories of warm summer evenings, the crack of a bat hitting a ball, and the smell of freshly cut grass and roasting peanuts. 

It’s a sport that has been played in America for over a century and has become synonymous with small town America. There’s just something about baseball that screams Americana. 

Baseball fields are a common sight in small towns across America, with families gathering to watch games and cheer on their local teams. 

From the small town Little League games to the big league games in major cities, baseball has a way of bringing people together like no other sport. It’s a game that transcends age, gender, and background – anyone can pick up a bat and ball and play. 

What is more small town American than baseball? It’s a sport that has deep roots in rural communities, where kids grow up playing catch in the backyard and dreaming of one day making it to the big leagues. 

And here in Edenton, North Carolina, baseball dreams begin at Historic Hicks Stadium as the community gathers all summer long to cheer on the Edenton Steamers

We’re super excited that the Edenton Steamers season will be officially underway by the end of May when the gates at Hicks Field will open and fans of all ages will fill the stadium to watch baseball dreams unfold. 

From the Padres, Royals, and Mets, to the Giants, White Sox, and Yankees, many collegiate baseball players have won their ticket into the Major Leagues via Edenton’s Steamers. 

There’s a lot of tradition and history to appreciate at Historic Hicks Field. Built as a WPA project in 1939, the main grandstand is the oldest remaining wooden grandstand of its type in North Carolina. 

Historic Hicks Field has been utilized for all kinds of baseball games, from being used as the spring training site for Minor League teams during the 1940s and even hosting an all-star baseball game that included Major League players from the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Washington Senators, and the Chicago White Sox in 1946. 

In 1995, Hicks Field was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2004, it was rated the #2 summer collegiate venue in the country by Baseball America. 

It currently serves as the home field for the baseball and softball teams at nearby John A. Holmes High School, and during the summer is the home ballpark for the Edenton Steamers. 

Thousands upon thousands of baseball fans have cheered on their favorite players from these stands, and this summer will add even more cheering fans. 

The Steamers have been playing ball in Edenton since 1998 and have brought home a total of five cup championships to the town of Edenton, including the last two summers of 2022 and 2023!

Needless to say, the community of Edenton is excited as they eagerly await this summer’s season and the opening game on May 31st at 7:00 p.m.

Just like past seasons, fans can expect a thrilling night out at the ballgame, complete with ballpark hotdogs, buttery popcorn, cold drinks, and lots of entertainment, with special nightly promotions for family-friendly fun!

The Steamer’s new General Manager, Jared Taylor, is excited about many new improvements to the ball field, such as a new camera system that will allow fans to view a live stream of home games. He’s also looking forward to the team playing in a new league, the team’s new merchandise, a new website, and new promotional nights. 

“Every game will be a new experience,” he explains. “I’m excited about the team joining a new league, The Old North State League, which will bring new competition and a fun slate for fans to enjoy this season.” 

With talented players, dedicated coaches, and passionate fans, the team is poised for success this summer. So, whether you’re a local or just visiting northeastern North Carolina this summer, we invite you to join us in Edenton to cheer on the Steamers. 

There’s just something magical about watching a game live at the stadium, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the ballpark.

Why not plan a ball game as part of your trip to Edenton? You can book one of our nearby B&Bs, grab your glove, put on your cap, and come out to support the Edenton Steamers as they chase victory and glory on the baseball diamond. 

Whether you’re a seasoned baseball fan or just looking for a fun night out with friends and family, a trip to the ballpark to watch the Edenton Steamers play is sure to be a memorable experience. 

So mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and get ready to cheer on the home team in Edenton as they strive for greatness this season. Let’s go Steamers!


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