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Bend Elks: Central Oregon’s Field of Dreams

Home Opener Set for June 1st

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In Bend, the Boys of Summer are just college kids on a mission.

With players from tiny colleges and Division I powerhouses, the Bend Elks Baseball Club comes together each June for three months of wood bat baseball bliss. They’re not playing for paychecks, they’re playing for pride – and maybe the chance to make a paycheck a little further down the road. (Two-time World Series champ with the Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury spent a season with the Elks, having grown up in Madras and attending Oregon State University.)

Baseball in Bend dates back more than 100 years including several years as the minor league affiliates for the Rockies and Phillies. The Bend Elks started play in 2000.

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courtesy Bend Elks Baseball Club

Historic and picturesque Vince Genna stadium has played host to teams from all over the Northwest with names like the Apple Sox, Sweets and Black Bears. Come be part of the big crowds on $2 Tuesdays or pick a different night – both offer a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere.  (Bend routinely sets league attendance records.) Some of the more popular nights are Cap Night and Fireworks night (dates TBD.) The Elks are at home on the 4th of July and the stadium should provide a perfect viewing spot for the city of Bend’s fireworks show from atop Pilot Butte.

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courtesy Bend Elks Baseball Club

With more than 30 regular season home games on the schedule, the Elks are almost certain to be here when you’re here.

And nothing beats a fun night at the ole’ ballpark.

Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.