Proud Fort Bragg soldiers say Marlins-Braves game is ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — It’s a historic day at Fort Bragg as Major League Baseball hosts its first regular season game on post. Fort Bragg soldiers and family members have long awaited this day.


Sunday’s game was the first effort to bring regular season games to non-traditional venues.

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Master Sgt. Bridgett Joseph said, “I think it’s pretty awesome, because I mean how often do you hear about a baseball game being played on an active duty baseball installation, you don’t.”

It’s as simple as outfielder Christian Yelich signing balls before the game and taking pictures with fans, something that has never happened on a military instillation in history.

Spc. Nicholas Redding said, “I love baseball, baseball has always been a big part of my life and this is just a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to do this.”

About 12,500 fans filled the stands at Fort Bragg’s Braves vs. Marlins game. The game was in honor of service members and the majority of tickets went to service members and their families.

Roxane Bowden said “that’s a huge deal, it’s like a huge gift to the military community to give away free tickets to see a major league baseball game, and it’s amazing.”

Sgt. Vincent Cacciabaudo said “I think it’s an honor, it shows great pride that they have in the military.”

The $5 million ballpark was put together in less than 4 months. You’d never believe the land was a former golf course.

And what’s a good ball game without concession stands and of course ice cold beer.

Spc. Joshua Marks said “I’ve always wanted to be a solider, when I was a kid growing up, that’s what I’m doing today and you know I’m crossing the other check off that list and hanging with the players at an MLB game”

Following the game, the ball park will be converted to a permanent multi purpose recreational facility.

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