The Jackie Robinson Celebration Game is a nationally recognized minor league game held on April 15th at Holman Stadium to celebrate the achievements of Jackie Robinson. This regular season Florida State League Game has become a must-attend event for Treasure Coast baseball fans and community supporters. All ticket proceeds from the game benefit the United Way of Indian River County, and a fireworks show takes place following.
The inaugural game featured the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers) against the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers) in front of just over 4,000 fans. 2015 saw the event grow as the Manatees faced off against the St. Lucie Mets (NY Mets) with nearly 6,000 in attendance. President of Minor League Baseball, Pat O'Conner, addressed the pre-game crowd mentioning the importance of a game at Historic Dodgertown on a day celebrating the achievements of Jackie Robinson, a former Dodgers player who trained at Dodgertown from 1948-1956.
Media coverage from the event has included The New York Times feature story in the April 19th, 2015 Sports section, MiLB.com, MLB.com, TCPalm and multiple regional TV affiliates.
The 2016 Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place Friday, April 15th at 6:30pm. The game will again feature the Brevard County Manatees and St. Lucie Mets. Ticket information and locations to purchase will be announced in the near future.