Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Posted: Jun 04, 2024 01:25 pm Updated: Jun 04, 2024 01:25 pm

Pensacola is famously known as the home of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

But there’s another “blue” team fast becoming famous as well: The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a Double-A baseball affiliate of the big league's Miami Marlins.

Owned by Quint and Rishy Studer, along with minority investor and professional golfer Bubba Watson, the team plays all home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium, an easily accessible downtown waterfront venue that overlooks Pensacola Bay. 

The multi-use facility has a seating capacity of 5,038. The University of West Florida’s Division II football also plays its home games in the stadium.

The Wahoos -- named for the big game fish found worldwide – began their inaugural season in 2012 and have had several highly successful seasons, highlighted by winning Southern League championships in 2017 and 2022.

Loved by fans for its beautiful waterfront setting, the stadium provides ample parking, a wide variety of moderately priced food and beverage selections and a friendly staff. Comments from fans often cite the “great atmosphere,” “excellent customer service,” “fair prices,” “cleanliness” and “courteous staff.”

Single tickets to home games can be purchased for as little as $14, making it affordable for families with children, who are often allowed to “run the bases” following completed games.

The caliber of professional baseball played at the Wahoo’s stadium is also impressive. The Wahoos have been a launching pad for numerous players who have made big impacts in the major leagues. They include, most recently, Luis Arraez, the 2022 American League batting champion now with the San Diego Padres.

Blue Wahoos Stadium also is in the professional baseball history books as the site where Billy Hamilton set the all-time, single-season professional baseball stolen base record of 155.

Beyond its impact on Pensacola’s thriving sports community, the presence of the Blue Wahoos has been a major contributor to downtown Pensacola’s renaissance.

In bringing the team to Pensacola, the Studers have accomplished their goal and commitment to improving the city’s quality of life, creating new businesses and jobs and attracting sports fans and tourists to the downtown area and beyond. For tickets and information, head over to the official website

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