Monday, June 19, 2006

Midnight Sun Game Celebrates Summer Solstice

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Once a year, “The Land of The Midnight Sun” becomes the “Land Of Midnight Baseball.”

On June 21 – the longest day of the year – the Annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game takes place in Fairbanks, Alaska.

This year marks the 101st time the game has taken place and because there’s 24 hours of daylight that day, no electric lights are needed.

The first pitch will be tossed at 10:30 p.m. and the Fairbanks Goldpanners, who have hosted the event since the beginning, will face off against the Bruins of Beatrice, Nebraska.

Besides the usual breaks between innings, Goldpanners general manager Don Dennis says the game usually lasts until 2 a.m. but will temporarily suspend at midnight to “celebrate the coming of summer after the long cold fairbanks winter.”

The thought of Alaskan baseball might leave you cold but Dennis says the midnight game attracts people from all over the world and expects a full house of about 4000 fans.

He adds, “It has really expanded since the internet explosion. Every year now we sell out.”

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