Sports | May 26, 2020 7:00 am

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Are First Baseball Team to List Stadium on Airbnb

Have you ever wanted to sleep in a baseball stadium? Now you can.

Pensacola Stadium
Ever wanted to spend the night at a baseball stadium?
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It’s been a difficult couple of months for minor league baseball teams. The end of 2019 abounded with a public debate over the fate of a number of minor league organizations, and 2020 has involved the cancelation or postponement of numerous sports seasons to date. It’s a concerning time for many a minor league organization, who don’t really have the option of large television rights deals to fall back on. It’s a time when ingenuity and thinking outside the (batter’s) box can come in handy.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos have come up with a unique way to make money. ESPN reports that the team — the Minnesota Twins’ Double-A affiliate — is allowing fans to book their ballpark via Airbnb. ESPN’s report offers some details:

For $1,500 per night (plus fees), up to 10 guests are granted access to the stadium, which includes use of the team’s clubhouse, batting cage and field, along with a batting practice setup.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium does contain a bedroom, which sleeps 10. The stadium’s Airbnb listing mentions that this is the first time a professional baseball facility has been made available on the service. Booking a night at the stadium also includes a tour of the facilities. A representative of the team will remain on the premises throughout.

The stadium’s other life as an Airbnb isn’t the only alternate use it has. ESPN’s article notes that, on weekends, it’s also home to a disc golf course. Its designer? Golfer Bubba Watson — who’s also one of the team’s owners.

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