Growlers turn diamond into drive-in theater for fans

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — With baseball on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kalamazoo Growlers are transforming their diamond into a drive-in theater.

The Growlers’ drive-in experience at Homer Stryker Field starts Saturday with a showing of “The Lion King” displayed on the Eaton video board. Ticket holders can listen to the movie by tuning their radio to a specific FM station disclosed at the time of the showing.

Tickets are $30 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance on the Growlers’ website. Spots at the drive-in are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with gates opening 90 minutes before the 6:30 p.m. showtime.

The first lineup includes the following movies:

  • June 13: “The Lion King”
  • June 14: “The Sandlot”
  • June 15: “Toy Story 4”
  • June 16: “Captain Marvel”
  • June 17: “Aladdin”

The Growlers say more showings are planned and will be announced at a later date. Each show will be limited to 100-220 vehicles, depending on field conditions.

While outside food and drink are not allowed at the Growlers’ drive-in theater, the team is offering pre-packaged concessions delivered directly to vehicles, including hot dogs, popcorn and Pepsi products. Visitors must order their refreshments ahead of time through the Growler’s curbside concessions website at

The Growlers say they’ve set up hand sanitization stations in the concessions area.

All visitors must practice social distancing and wear a face mask if they need to leave their vehicle to use a restroom. Otherwise guests must stay in their vehicles for the entirety of the movie.

All vehicles must follow normal capacity rules and viewers are not allowed to watch the movie from a pickup truck bed, according to guidelines posted on the team’s website.