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Renegades Celebrate 30 Years of Minor-League Baseball and Major Thrills

Date Published: April 12, 2024

When you purchase a ticket to a Hudson Valley Renegades baseball game at Heritage Financial Park (formerly Dutchess Stadium), you get so much more than a seat at the ballpark. You unlock access to a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly experience that goes way beyond the game itself.  

The Renegades, the Class-A affiliate of the world-famous New York Yankees, are celebrating their 30th anniversary season in 2024. They are on the leading edge of the evolution of the modern ballpark experience and are constantly finding new and inventive ways to make every trip to the ballgame enjoyable, affordable and unforgettable. 

The Renegades’ season runs from April through September. Here is a glimpse at what you can expect when you visit Heritage Financial Park: 


Hudson Valley Renegades

The Ballgame 

The game itself is, of course, the nucleus around which all the other promotions and activities revolve. As the Yankees Class-A affiliate since 2021, the Renegades’ roster is dotted with young, up-and-coming prospects in the Bronx Bombers organization. Some of the players you’re watching at Heritage Financial Park, both for the Renegades and their visiting opponents in the South Atlantic League, may be tomorrow’s big stars in Major League Baseball.  

Current Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe batted .285 with 15 home runs in 55 games with the Renegades in 2021 before being promoted to the Class-AA Somerset Patriots in 2022.

There is also a chance that the Yankees could send one of their players to the Renegades on a rehab assignment following an injury. On July 1, 2023, Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodon — a prized free-agent acquisition following the 2022 season who hadn't yet pitched for the Yanks at that point because of injuries — started on the mound for the Renegades in front of a capacity crowd of 5,076 at Heritage Financial Park and struck out eight in 3.2 innings of work in an 8-2 triumph over the Willmington Blue Rocks, a Washington Nationals affiliate. 

What makes minor-league baseball special is the fans’ proximity to the players and the action. Heritage Financial Park is a far more intimate setting than the big-league ballparks, many of which are roughly 10 times its size. Bring your baseball mitt to the game, because there is always a chance you will catch a souvenir foul ball! Be sure to bring a pen, too, because you never know when an autograph opportunity may arise! 

And you can’t beat the price. For only $99, the Renegades Family Four Pack includes four Upper Level Dugout tickets, four Renegades hats and four vouchers for hot dogs, chips and sodas. Be on the lookout for special ticket deals and promotions throughout the season!  

To see the Renegades’ schedule and purchase tickets, click here. 

Related: Find your family’s new favorite places with the Dutchess Tourism Connection Finder, a mobile passport program featuring some of the best attractions and activities for all ages. Unlock all sorts of discounts and perks, like a $15 Ballpark Package to a Renegades game. Get your pass.

Hudson Valley Renegades

The Experience 

As Renegades Community Relations Manager Marcella Costello puts it, “We provide entertainment, and baseball is a plus.” 

Indeed, a trip to Heritage Financial Park includes so much more than the ballgame itself. There really is never a dull moment, with music during breaks in the action, as well as fan-interactive games and activities between innings. 

But that’s only the beginning. 

Enjoy postgame fireworks following select games. Bring your dog to the ballpark on Sundays for Sunday Family Fundays and Pups at the Park; the kids are allowed to run the bases after every Sunday game. 

Also this season, the Renegades are continuing their We Care Wednesday program, which allows local and national non-profit organizations to promote themselves and raise awareness. 

And as a special 30th-anniversary bonus this season, every Saturday home game will feature a retro giveaway item paying tribute to a key moment or milestone in Renegades history.

Every Renegades game is accompanied by its own themed event, special appearance, promotion or giveaway, many of which are sponsored by a Dutchess County business or organization. 

For example, the game on Aug. 20 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks will be Bhutan Night, a cultural experience aimed at promoting the game of baseball in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Baseball is the fastest-growing sport in the country of about 700,000 in southern Asia. As part of a multi-day excursion to the United States, Bhutanese athletes will participate in a baseball clinic at Heritage Financial Park, as well as a Business of Baseball seminar. During that night's game, the Renegades will wear special Bhutan-themed jerseys which will be auctioned off to raise funds to pay for their trip. The jerseys feature the Druk, the “Thunder Dragon,” which is a national symbol of Bhutan.

To see the Renegades’ complete schedule of promotions, click here. 

Hudson Valley Renegades
The Sloop Beer Balcony, Heritage Financial Park, Wappingers Falls

The Ballpark 

In addition to the usual ballpark fare, you can enjoy tasty treats from a load of unique eateries, including the Renegades Bistro, Rascal's Saloon Grab-n-Go, Sweet & Boozy, Benmarl Wine Bar, Bribon's Taqueria, and Eddie's Churro Factory.

Along with traditional stadium seating and concessions, there are so many different ways to enjoy the action at Heritage Financial Park. Make your next family reunion or team-building excursion at work a memorable one and reserve the Sloop Brewing Company Beer Balcony, the Michelob Ultra Party Patio or the Bud Light Party Porch for your group. 

New for 2024 is the WMCHealth Club Lounge, which offers perhaps the finest luxury experience you'll find at a minor-league baseball stadium anywhere. This accessible, all-inclusive event space, which is perfect for groups of between 10 and 100 guests, includes everything you need to have a great time at the ballpark, like parking in an exclusive club lot; a multi-course meal prepared by an executive chef; private restrooms; and indoor, climate-controlled seating. It's a great way to treat your clients, employees, family and friends to an amazing day at the ballpark. Club membership benefits include access to member-only merchandise; a preseason menu tasting; and a preseason banquet with the Renegades.

Also new this season are the Fireside Seats. For select games, four seats will be available around a cozy campfire. Included in the Fireside ticket package are all the ingredients necessary to make your own s'mores as you watch the game!

If climate-controlled luxury is more your speed, then book one of the suites and enjoy all the comforts of home while you watch the game! For details on group outings, click here. 

The Military Appreciation Suite is a way local businesses can support the military community by providing veterans and active duty military personnel with a free night in a luxury suite.

Heritage Financial Park offers specially designated, ADA-compliant parking spaces and seating areas. When parking, simply show the attendant your ADA tag and they will direct you to the correct area to park. Tickets for ADA seating are available for purchase over the phone at (845) 838-0094 or in-person.

The Sensory Safe Suite is a wonderful space for families with children on the autism spectrum and with special needs to better enjoy the game.

And getting to the ballpark is a snap! Conveniently located on Route 9D in Wappingers Falls, Heritage Financial Park is only minutes off Interstate 84 and the Taconic State Parkway and is less than a 10-minute drive from the Beacon Metro-North train station.

Attached photo by Dave Janosz courtesy of the Hudson Valley Renegades

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