Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 84

Culture & Entertainment Bluefield Blue Jays & Princeton Rays Chuck Mathena Center This state-of-the-art theater is the vision of the Mathena family, a family who sought to What’s more American than baseball in the honor the memory of their son and provide summertime? Mercer County enjoys not one, a performing arts venue for Southern but two minor league teams in the region. West Virginia. It highlights the pride and The Bluefield Blue Jays are an affiliate of the dedication of people in this region. With Toronto Blue Jays, and before enjoyed the nearly 1,000 longest running partnership with a major seats, state-of- league program as the Bluefield Orioles. The the-art audio team’s games are held at Bowen Field at and visual Peters Park in the city park. capabilities, The Princeton Rays serve as a farm team stunning for the Tampa Bay Rays playing at Hunnicutt architecture, Field in the middle of Princeton close to and great productions, this is a one of a kind Route 460 and Interstate 77. experience in Southern West Virginia. Both teams compete each year for the The Chuck Mathena Center stage plays host Mercer Cup. Holding the trophy is an honor to year-long national touring companies. for each ball club, and ensures a competitive This includes off-Broadway theater, musicals, rivalry continues each year within the league. concerts, touring productions, comedy, Fireworks after games, kids events, ball park dance, and more. The facility is also available food, beer gardens, and more make baseball in for rental for special events, weddings, and the summer a Mercer County tradition. parties with space for attendees from 10 to 1,000. Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce | 15