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Travel into Yakima

FLYING INTO Yakima IS EASY

The Yakima Air Terminal at McAllister Field is located about 10 minutes from Yakima County Stadium, and has four flights in and out of Yakima to Seattle per day. Find available flights and flight times here

In addition, the Tri-Cities Airport (in Pasco) is a 60-minute drive and has daily service to and from Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix/Mesa, Denver, San Francisco, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Located in Central Washington, the Yakima Valley is an easy and scenic drive from any direction. Driving directions are as follows:

From Seattle (about 2 1/2 hours)

  • Take Interstate 90 East out of Seattle.
  • Just past Ellensburg, bear right and follow signs for Interstate 82 East/U.S. 97 South.
  • Take Exit 33B off of I-82 E (Nob Hill Boulevard exit), turn right at the light and continue west along Nob Hill to Fair Avenue.
  • Turn right at Fair Avenue to Pacific Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Fair Avenue, the Gate 15 entrance to State Fair Park will be on your right.

From Portland (about 3 hours) to Yakima County Stadium

  • Travel east on Interstate 84 out of Portland.
  • At Biggs Junction, Ore., take Exit 104 north across the Columbia River on U.S. 97.
  • Continue through the Yakama Nation Reservation to Toppenish, turn left at the intersection of U.S. 97 and Highway 22.
  • Use the left lane to merge onto Interstate 82 west via the ramp to Yakima.
  • Take the Nob Hill Boulevard exit, turn left at the light and continue west along Nob Hill Boulevard to Fair Avenue.
  • Turn right at Fair Avenue to Pacific Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Fair Avenue, the Gate 15 entrance to State Fair Park will be on your right.

From Spokane (about 3 1/2 hours)

  • Take 90 West/395 South out of Spokane.
  • Just east of Ellensburg, take the Yakima exit to 82 East/97 South.
  • Take Exit 33B off of I-82 E (Nob Hill Boulevard exit), turn right at the light and continue west along Nob Hill to Fair Avenue.
  • Turn right at Fair Avenue to Pacific Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Fair Avenue, the Gate 15 entrance to State Fair Park will be on your right.

Passports

The West Coast League is an international league. It encompasses the entire Pacific Northwest, including the stunning beauty of British Columbia. As such, your son will need a valid passport for travel purposes (you may need one as well, if you wish to travel to Kelowna or Victoria to watch the club play). For players, If you do not already have the proper documentation, you would be wise to begin securing that now. It takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to get that paperwork done properly, and as winter progresses to spring, those times usually get longer (as people look to travel). Here are some websites that will help you secure your travel documents/passports:

Please call our office if you have any questions – if your son does not have his passport, he will not be able to join us on our road trips to Canada, and since we have a talented roster, we want to make sure every member of the team is there and able to contribute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Culture

We welcome you to one of the fastest-growing collegiate wood-bat baseball destinations in the country. We are excited to welcome back those of you returning who helped the Pippins grow last year. For new players, you represent some of the best collegiate talent in the country and we are thrilled that you will be joining us this season. Our organizational goals include creating a positive environment for players to develop their talents on the field, allowing you to gain insight as to what life would be like as part of a professional organization, and to compete each season for a WCL Championship. We will provide you the tools and resources to be successful on the field and to be role models in our community. This community is incredibly passionate about the team – many nights playing in front of large crowds — and you are seen as celebrities (you’ll sign a fair share of autographs). While those parts of the experience are fun, they are accompanied by the responsibility to represent our franchise, your family and your university with honor. Our baseball staff and their contact information is included in this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. We will also be in regular contact via phone and email as we finalize details in preparation for the season. We anxiously await the season!

About Yakima

Yakima is centrally located in the Washington state, in the heart of apple country. With a relatively low cost of living and strong sense of community, Yakima is an excellent place to live, work and play. We are proud of our city, and the heart of Central Washington.

  1. Yakima (pop. 92,000) has been the cultural, business, educational, health services, and governmental focal point of the Central Washington region since it was founded more than 125 years ago. Originally built along the new Northern Pacific Railway company line, Yakima has grown from its agricultural roots to become a vibrant, diverse metropolitan city with a rich history and a bright future.
  2. Yakima’s economy has always revolved around agriculture. A wide variety of crops are grown in the Yakima Valley. In fact, Yakima County is Washington state’s leader in terms of the value of the fruits, vegetables, grains, and other ag products produced by the county’s farmers. The region has long been known as one of the world’s leading producers of apples. Other tree fruits, like cherries, peaches, pears, nectarines, and apricots are also grown here. Mint, asparagus, hay, berries, and eggplant are also among the more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables that come from the Yakima Valley. Not a lot of people know that this region produces about 75 percent of all of the hops (a key ingredient in beer) grown in the United States. While Yakima still relies on agriculture to drive its economy, over 250 manufacturing firms are also located here producing a variety of products including aircraft parts, wood products, plastic products, recreational vehicles, and communications technology. Tourism is the fastest growing segment of the Yakima economy.
  3. The summertime is warm and dry, with nights comfortable and breezy – a great place to play baseball. Summer temperatures range from 70˚ – 80˚ at night to 85˚ – 95˚ during the day.
  4. The Yakima Valley is also well-known for its rich sports history. In addition to winning three American Legion World Series titles (1953, 1975, 1979), Yakima has seen many professional athletes raised in the area. Of note are former Major Leaguers Mel Stottlemyre Sr., Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Todd Stottlemyre, Bob Wells, Scott Hatteberg, Dave Edler, Jamie Allen and Harold Clift; NFL players Cooper Kupp, Craig Kupp, Jake Cupp, Cary Conklin, Kurt Schulz and Dr. Dan Doornink; Olympic gold medalist Phil Mahre and Olympic silver medalist Steve Mahre; NASCAR driver Gordon Haines; and more.

Yakima County Stadium

Built in 1993 for the Yakima Bears minor-league team, the stadium has seen more than $250,000 in improvements since the Pippins joined the league in 2014. With a seating capacity of 2,800, the stadium boasts excellent sight lines from any seat and has many seats closer to the playing field than most ballparks. The stadium includes two concession stands, a standalone barbecue grill, elevator, two staircases and two ramps to the seating level, a picnic deck, two enclosed bar areas and more.

Where will I live when I am in Yakima?

Pippins players will be living with host families, members of the communities who will open up their homes for players to live in. We will be assigning host families during the spring of 2018. Please see the form that we ask players to fill out so that we may do our best to match you with an appropriate family. A note about host families: Families in our community provide room, board, many meals and often transportation when needed, at no cost to you and no payment the families. This model works when players are respectful and communicate with their families. In order to make sure that we continue the tradition started in 2014, you’ve received a packet with your contract offer that includes a host family information sheet. Please take five minutes and fill out the information when returning your contract. This insures that we can ensure you have the best host family situation. We will communicate host family placement around mid-April (if not before then). Please email Jeff if you have any concerns.

How do I get to Yakima?

Per West Coast League policy, teams are not to pay for players to come to their host cities. Players are responsible for securing their travel to Yakima. Players can fly into Seattle, Tri-Cities or Yakima, or drive their own vehicles.

What are player accommodations on road trips?

The team will pay for hotel rooms and charter bus while on the road, and in addition provide players with a per diem for food. Accommodations will be at hotels such as Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn and Suites, and Best Western Inn & Suites. Players will share hotel rooms with teammates.

What equipment does the team provide?

  1. Home, road, and alternate jerseys and home and road pants
  2. Primary and alternate caps (players keep)
  3. Black belt
  4. Green stirrups/sanitary socks
  5. Batting helmets (position players only)
  6. Custom wood bats (position players only)
  7. Catchers gear (catchers only)
  8. Pine tar, rosin, etc
  9. Bats and balls
  10. Pippins athletic T-shirt and Pippins three-quarter-sleeve shirt (for cool weather)
  11. Pippins BP shorts
  12. Pippins hooded sweatshirt
  13. Pippins Team travel bag
  14. Through our relationship with Under Armour, players can also purchase UA baseball equipment (shirts, jackets, accessories, etc) for a significant savings off retail cost. You will receive an online order form in early spring 2018 so you can select what you want to buy (if you so choose).

What equipment do players need to be responsible for bringing?

  1. Gloves
  2. Shoes – WE WEAR BLACK SHOES … NO EXCEPTIONS
  3. Specific bat brands – If you choose not to use the bats we provide to you, you will be responsible for providing your own.
  4. Accessories (glasses, batting gloves, etc) – As we mentioned, you will have the chance to order Under Armour baseball accessories for a price far lower than what you will pay retail – so keep that in mind if you want anything specific

When do players return home?

We expect that our players will fulfill the contract they sign, meaning that you should plan to be returning home on or around Aug. 20, pending postseason play. If you are not able to honor this, for any reason, please contact the manager immediately (no later than March 31). We will discuss, with the team president and your college coach, the potential that you will be replaced on the roster with a player who is able to commit for the entire season.

Who owns the Pippins?

The team is owned and operated by Pacific Baseball Ventures, Holdco. The group, which is comprised of both local and regional investors, founded the Pippins franchise in 2014 for the express purpose of returning professionally managed baseball back to Yakima County Stadium. The member partners of Pacific Baseball Ventures hold ownership positions in a number of other baseball properties, including full ownership of the Walla Walla Sweets (WCL). Additionally, group members hold managing interests in the Tacoma Rainiers (PCL, AAA) and the Seattle Mariners (AL West, MLB). Having a positive impact on communities through the fan experience of professionally-managed baseball is of primary importance to the group. Click here to see the full group