There is a lot going on at the Corn Crib and around town surrounding the Normal CornBelters presented by Illinois Corn Growers. There are a lot of new additions in the stadium and to the players’ roster this season.

There are many promotional nights scheduled and we’ll have fireworks nights every Friday night! Check out all of our great promotions HERE.

Play BallThis week we’ve been playing exhibition games and the 2014 CornBelters baseball season gets underway on Friday, March 16 at the Corn Crib in Normal, Ill. The Corn Crib and the CornBelters are entering their fifth anniversary season in Normal. The CornBelters will take on the Evansville Otters at 7 p.m. in the opener of what promises to be an exciting season.

Our manager Brooks Carey has really been excited about all the new players we have added to this team. We have lots of players here with experience playing in affiliated baseball at the Double A and Triple A levels. He says this is by far one of the best and most experienced teams we have had on the field in all his years of coaching.

One of the things I enjoy doing is meeting people when I take Corny, our mascot, out into the community. We recently went to Saybrook, IL for their annual balloon flyaway. It’s great to get out in front of the smaller surrounding communities to show and teach them about the CornBelters.

We are really looking forward to the DuPont-Pioneer Summer Concert Series this year, starting with Gary Allen June 20 and later this summer Tim McGraw on September 12.

It is our mission to be the number one summer sports entertainment choice in Illinois. We strive each year to achieve this by building trust with our fans and partners, providing professional baseball, superb customer service and a fun and affordable experience every time they come to the ballpark.

Over the past our seasons, we have come a long way by consistently keeping this statement in mind. This season we look forward to continuing to build upon the relationships we’ve built with our fans and partners.

Brooks Carey has built a team will be competitive in the Frontier League and we will once again provide outstanding customer service; focusing on fun and affordability.

Hopefully you have your tickets for the home opener this Friday night and the home stand already but if not there are still some available. They start at only $6 each! Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office, or by phone at (309) 454-2255 (BALL), during normal business hours. They can also be purchased online anytime by visiting

This will be my first season with the CornBelters and I am excited to get the games started. I hope to meet any of you and if you have an idea for a partnership I’d love to talk to you, come on up and introduce yourself.

See you at The Corn Crib this summer!

mike rainsMike Rains


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