Savannah Bananas are coming back to OKC: Tickets, dates, what to know

Banana Nation, rejoice. The Savannah Bananas 2024 schedule is out now.

Banana ball is headed to six Major League Baseball ballparks, a cruise and most importantly, Oklahoma City next May.

Combining all games and experiences, the Bananas are expected to play in front of 1 million people next season, team owner Jesse Cole told USA TODAY.

The Savannah Bananas play banana ball — a style of fast and entertaining form of baseball that includes choreographed dances and hijinks.

The Bananas first came to OKC in May 2023 to play a weekend at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. While in town, players from the Bananas and Party Animals visited Bethany Children’s Health Center to put on an impromptu Banana Ball game for the patients and staff.

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What is 'banana ball'?

‘Banana ball’ is baseball but with nine rule changes, all aimed at speeding up play. The game is scored unconventionally, with teams tallying points for innings won rather than runs scored. There is also a two-hour time limit.

Aside from the rules, “banana ball” features a litany of hijinks, from dancing base coaches and umpires to pitchers on stilts to hitters wielding flaming bats.

Team owner Jesse Cole introduced “banana ball” in 2018 with secret test games against college teams in South Carolina. In 2021, the team started playing on the road, and by 2023 the Bananas moved to full-time "banana ball," dropping the collegiate summer league team.

How to get tickets for the Savannah Bananas 2024 tour

The Bananas ticket lottery opened up on the team's website after the schedule was announced. The lottery list will close on Dec. 1, and those who do not sign up will not be eligible.

The lottery doesn't guarantee an opportunity to buy tickets, the website notes. A random drawing two months prior to the event will be held, and those selected and will have the option to purchase tickets.

Tickets start at $35.

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The Savannah Bananas, the quirky baseball team and charter squad in the two-team Banana League, will return to Oklahoma City in 2024.
The Savannah Bananas, the quirky baseball team and charter squad in the two-team Banana League, will return to Oklahoma City in 2024.

Who are The Firefighters?

As part of Thursday's announcement, a third team, in addition to the Bananas and the Party Animals, was introduced. The Firefighters will play 19 games, including against the Bananas at the Washington Nationals stadium.

When is the Savannah Bananas Cruise?

The Savannah Bananas are partnering with Norwegian Cruise Line to offer a Caribbean cruise dubbed "Bananaland at Sea" as the season finale.

The cast and crew will be on board, offering entertainment and more.

The Bananas will play at the Miami Marlins ballpark before setting sail to the Bahamas from Oct. 14-18, 2024.

Savannah Bananas 2024 World Tour schedule

Tampa Bay, FL - February 8-10, 2024

Peoria, AZ - February 15-17, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - February 23-25, 2024

Jacksonville, FL -  March 1-3, 2024

Houston, TX - March 9, 2024

Baton Rouge, LA - March 14-16, 2024

Gwinnett County, GA - March 22-24, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - March 28-29, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - April 4-6, 2024

Durham, NC- April 12-14, 2024

Albuquerque, NM - April 20-21, 2024

Mesa, AZ - April 25-27, 2024

Fresno, CA - May 3-5, 2024

Sacramento, CA - May 9-11, 2024

Oklahoma City, OK - May 16-18, 2024

Columbus, OH - May 24-26, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - May 30-31, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - June 1, 2024

Boston, MA - June 8, 2024

Nashville, TN - June 13-15, 2024

Indianapolis, IN - June 27-29, 2024

Buffalo, NY - July 5-7, 2024

Washington, D.C - July 13, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - July 18-20, 2024

Louisville, KY - August 1-3, 2024

Cleveland, OH - August 10, 2024

Norfolk, VA - August 16-18, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - August 22-24, 2024

Salt Lake City, UT - August 30-31, 2024

Des Moines, IA - September 6-8, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - September 13-15, 2024

Philadelphia, PA - September 21, 2024

Savannah, Ga. - September 26-28, 2024

Miami, FL - October 12, 2024

Bananaland at Sea - Oct. 14-18

Contributing: Caitlyn Stroh-Page, Savannah Morning News

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