Plan Ahead: Midnight Sun baseball in Fairbanks

06/16/2011
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The summer solstice, June 21st, is the longest day of the year in Alaska, with the sun hanging in the sky well after midnight in some parts of the state. Alaskans celebrate by throwing parties, festivals and a late night baseball game.

This year will mark the 106th year of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game in Fairbanks. Reportedly started as a bar bet, the game begins at 10:30 p.m. and is played to its end without the use of artificial lights.

Last year’s game started with a near-record crowd of 4,700 people in the stands. The teams played for 15 innings and didn’t finish until 2:59 a.m. This year’s game features the hosting Alaska Goldpanners versus the visiting San Diego Waves.

Where: Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks
When: 10:30 p.m., June 21
Tickets: $15.50, goldpanners.com