Despite baseball's unofficial theme song, peanuts and crackerjacks were replacements for the original, mid-1850s snacks of heavily salted licorice and wooden chewin' slabs. Keep your family traditions classic, but not too classic, with today's Groupon: for $140, you get a general-admission season ticket to Arkansas Travelers baseball (a $300 value), good for up to 70 regular-season games played at Dickey-Stephens Park, just across the river from downtown.
Imbued with more than a century of baseball history, the Arkansas Travelers has helped guide fledgling batsmen and prospective pitchers as the Class AA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels since 2001. Texas League champs in 2001 and 2008, the Travelers has served as the stomping grounds for such stars as Francisco Rodriguez, Ervin Santana, and John Lackey, each now far more famous for his baseball prowess than his stomping talents. Follow the progress of this season's budding stars as they hone swings, hurl heaters, and transform from baseball ducklings into graceful, grand-slamming swans.
General-admission season-ticket holdership is peppered with perks, including the ability to breeze past box-office lines on the way toward outfield seating—the natural habitat of home runs. It also allows for the opportunity to participate in on-field batting-practice sessions and the chance to attend an exclusive picnic to meet players, collect autographs, and discuss the role of biometrics in choosing a bat-boy. Printing or transferring tickets is easy with online account management through Ticket Return, and season-ticket holders have the first right of refusal for playoff tickets.
The Travelers hosts its ill-fated rivals at Dickey-Stephens Park, built in 2007 to keep wayward catchers' mitts and fungo bats off the streets. Concession options abound, including a beer garden, the Riverside Acura party deck, and Ump's Pub & Grill, whose menu of sandwiches, burgers, ribs, and other favorites gives hungry fans the energy to cheer on the home team and hurl creative taunts at opposing shortstops.
More than 6,000 Facebookers are fans of the Arkansas Travelers.