Summer League Baseball Team to Play Glow-in-the-Dark Game Under Blacklights

The Tri-City Chili Peppers plan to play a game in the dark.

The Tri-City Chili Peppers are all set to glow in the dark.

The collegiate summer league team in the Coastal Plain League announced plans to play its June 1 game under custom blacklights with UV-reactive uniforms, bats and balls that will appear neon in the light. It's certainly a unique promotion and, based on a video the team posted, will look incredible.

The Chili Peppers, who are based in Colonia Heights, Va., have come up with a really cool promotion. And the team confirmed the game will be streamed online. Both teams will be outfitted in the special uniforms.

There are several issues that could arise from this, including whether the balls will be easy to see in person. What happens if they get dirty and the light can't make them shine enough? That could make things dangerous.

The teams will practice under the blacklights to get used to them in hopes of making things safer. A few of the Chili Peppers players tried the equipment and it only took about 10 minutes to adjust.

Team owner Chris Martin said the "cosmic baseball game" will have the feel of "an 80s rave party" and music will be played throughout the game.

It sounds like a party and will almost certainly go viral.

Ryan Phillips


Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.