My husband and I have a new tradition. For three years running we have visited MCU Park on July 3rd for a Brooklyn Cyclones game. Now, I will have to admit that I'm not a baseball fan. And despite the enticing aroma that wafts through the stadium, I don't partake of the Nathan's hot dogs. Despite those obstacles however, I still find it a fantastic way to spend an evening. It's an event that is fully entertaining. Rooting for local team, eating cracker jack, feeling the sea breeze move across the seats. It's easy to get distracted watching the rides at Astroland, which is down the boardwalk. The stadium is small, so it's easy to see what's going on in the field. And the fans are die-hard.
We pick July 3rd, because the stadium offers fireworks that night. It's an opportunity to see Independence Day fireworks, without fighting our way through a crowd, camping out in the heat of the afternoon or finding a friend with a rooftop view. This year, we were lucky enough to see the Cyclones play against their biggest rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Unfortunately, the Cyclones lost but the night was salvaged by the fireworks display and a couple rounds of skee-ball in Astroland.