The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are offering their facility on Airbnb for $1,000 per night, giving customers exclusive access to the entire stadium (File).
While the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are still awaiting word on whether or not they can have a season, the organization has come up with a unique way to bring in revenue in case there’s no baseball this summer.
Last week, the Volcanoes made their stadium available for rent on Airbnb, giving baseball fans the availability to rent out the entire facility for the evening and play the game they love under the lights.
According to Volcanoes CEO Mickey Walker, once the organization made the listing, it started to attract interest almost immediately.
“We were pretty taken back by how many bookings we got in the first 24 hours,” Walker said. “It’s incredible how quickly this caught on.”
The Volcanoes got the idea to use their facility as an Airbnb from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos — a double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins — who made national news when they made their stadium available for nightly rentals.
“When we first saw the Wahoos do it, we knew that this was something we wanted to do as well,” Walker said. “We got on it as fast as we could.”
The organization is offering the facility for $1,000 per night and 16+ guests according to the posting — food and beverage packages are not included.
Guests will not only have full access to the field, but also the Volcanoes clubhouse and their 5,000 square-foot hitting facility that features four indoor batting cages as well as pitching machines, helmets, bats and balls.
Walker encourages guests to bring sleeping bags for themselves, but special requests for cots will be accommodated.
Check-in is between 3-6 p.m. and cancellation is free if made 48 hours in advance. However, all bookings are subject to Volcanoes games.
Currently, the Volcanoes are slated to host their home opener on June 17 against the Everett AquaSox, but the season is still up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even if the season does get cancelled, Walker is glad that the organization has a strategy that will bring in income, but also provide a great experience for Volcanoes fans.
“It’s a great way for fans to stay engaged and have a great experience at the ballpark. But it’s also great that this will allow us to bring in revenue to support our staff members,” Walker said. “It’s another way to help us survive if the season gets cancelled.”