No matter the time of year, there is a sporting event going somewhere in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. Between baseball and hockey, just about every season is covered – the baseball runs from spring through fall, and hockey overlaps it on both ends. If you’ve been hunting for something fun to do, look no further than a sporting event featuring one of these teams!
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a triple-A baseball team that is affiliated with the New York Yankees. This means that they receive some of the Yankees players who are rehabbing injuries, as well as house a plethora of future pinstripes-wearing teammates. The team calls PNC Field in Moosic, PA their home base, and has won several minor league and division titles. If you like professional baseball and don’t feel like traveling far from home, then the RailRiders are your team. Most minor league baseball teams make an effort to provide a family friendly experience for their fans, and this team is no exception!
The University of Scranton is a private college with around 6,000 students. It is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has a NCAA division III sports program. There are 9 women’s sports and 9 men’s sports on the University of Scranton roster, including baseball, softball, basketball, swimming and diving. If you like college sports, then you might find yourself taking in a baseball game, watching a wrestling match or even seeing a soccer game – it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re rooting for the Royals!
If hockey is your game, than the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are probably your team. This minor league team is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and play at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, located in Wilkes-Barre. The team is a member of the American Hockey League and is known as the “baby penguins” thanks to their big-league affiliate. They have the longest playoff qualifying streak in the American Hockey League, and have made it to the league playoffs for 11 seasons in a row.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are a new addition to the area, having moved from Binghamton, New York in 2010. While there, the team was known as the Binghamton Junior Senators. Yes, this is a Tier Three Junior A team, meaning that the players are between the ages of 16 and 20. They are a feeder team for NCAA college hockey teams, other, more highly ranked Junior teams, ACHA college teams, and of course, professional hockey teams. Although the players are young, they are just as skilled and energetic as the professionals, making their games exciting to watch. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are based in Pittston, Pennsylvania and play at the Revolution Ice Centre.
There are many different sporting events to choose from in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. Whether you prefer to watch a bunch of young hockey players match up against each other or maybe see a future New York Yankee play center field, then the teams to choose from in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton areas are right up your alley.
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