For those of you interested in professional sports, Wilmington is home to a few teams that should not be missed. With professional baseball, soccer and basketball teams, Wilmington has something for every sports fan. These games offer an affordable, exciting entertainment option in Wilmington.
Wilmington Sharks Baseball
The Sharks are a team in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league featuring players from top college programs around the country. The level of competition is said to be comparable to that of minor league baseball. Kids are welcome and even invited onto the field for games during breaks. You can eat hot dogs, pizza and chicken at food stands between innings. Bring your friends and drink some beers at a Thursday night game that has come to be known as “Thirsty Thursday’s” at the stadium. Then be sure to stay for the fireworks show afterwards. Games begin in May and are held at the Legion Stadium off of Carolina Beach Rd. The Sharks attract around 1,800 fans per game. For ticketing info visit this website.
The Hammerheads are a locally owned professional soccer franchise founded in 1996. Competing in the United Soccer Leagues, the Hammerheads have grown to be an internationally recognized organization. The team currently plays in the American Division of the USL Pro League, in the second tier of pro soccer in the United States. Hammerheads have enjoyed a great deal of on-field success, reaching the playoffs in 10 of 14 seasons and capturing the 2003 USL Second Division title. The matches are held at Legion Stadium off of Carolina Beach Rd. Concession stands serving food and drinks are available throughout the stadium, there is even a “Chick-fil-a” onsite. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase as well. For ticketing info visit this website.
Wilmington Sea Dawgs Basketball
The Sea Dawgs are an independent minor league basketball team. Substantial crowds and fans gather over the summer months to watch the Port City’s local professional basketball team. This team makes it to the post season play-offs every year. The games are played at Blizzard Athletics located off of Market St.; it is a family atmosphere and the entire group will enjoy. For ticketing info visit this website.