Every year fans eagerly await the release of their favorite team’s schedule. Along with the games, promotions are announced as well.
Promotional nights at the ballpark are made for fans. From the standard ball cap give-away to college-themed nights with school-colored swag, anything to get fans into the stands. Some teams do it well while others stick to just the basics. Cheap beer and cheaper hot dogs are common promotions that are certain to bring in the masses. The teams that struggle are few, mostly relying on the standard promotions mentioned above. Teams doing promotions well are many, highlighted by the unorthodox nights where unbridled creativity is encouraged. As you plan your ballpark outings for the rest of the year, here are some promotions that need to be not just highlighted but attended if you are anywhere near these teams.
An Event Already Passed
For good measure, let’s highlight one promotion recently passed. Each team provides many opportunities for fans to lose their minds. Fanbases everywhere desire to find a noise proof room to let out their bloodcurdling screams of frustration. This year, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AAA-MIA) capitalized on the opportunity to help fans express their frustrations. On June 24th, they opened the gates at 121 Financial Ballpark to fans ready to scream. For one night they did away with the 7th inning stretch and provided the, “Cathartic Scream.” Cathartic Scream Night saw 6,034 scream at one time before seeing the home team lose 4-2. Aiding the relief of frustrations that night were $2 Miller Lite’s and a fireworks show after the game. This is one promotion that should not just continue for Jacksonville, but also grow to teams across the country.
Las Vegas Meets Marvel
Staying in the minor leagues for fun promotions might take you to Las Vegas and Las Vegas Ballpark. The Las Vegas Aviators (AAA-OAK) are looking to tap into the Comicon universe by hosting a Marvel Night (again) – complete with a free comic book to the first 2,000 fans. The night is sure to have many fans in cosplay while the Aviators wear a Marvel-themed jersey. Game time is 7:05 PM on September 17th, allowing you plenty of time to make plans to not just get to Sin City but to also develop the perfect costume to take in the sights and sound of a crisp fall night ball game in the outskirts of Las Vegas.
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Giving Is The Name of the Game
Life isn’t always fun and games. Every club has ways of being active in the community with various charitable organizations. July 23rd is one night where the Everett AquaSox (High A – SEA) are involving the fans in their charitable work. In a partnership with Clothes for Kids, they are encouraging fans to bring new or gently used school clothing for kids. Sizes range from 3T up to plus size teen wear. Being in the pacific northwest, they are in desperate need of heavy winter coats, hoodies, and sweatshirts. Also of note, underwear, socks, and athletic shoes are needed. There are other things going on this night but what better way to enjoy a night of baseball than giving to others.
Cross-over Game is All-Star Worthy
The Milwaukee Brewers have plenty of nights where there is a beer-themed promotion. As with nearly every team there’s nights to recognize community themes and fans while offering discounted tickets. On September 11th the Brew Crew continues their recognition of active duty and veteran military individuals by offering half-price tickets. They will also continue their Sunday activity for kids by having them run the bases after the game. But, in the recognition of community and giving away a bobblehead, they are reaching across the sports aisle.
On this day, the first 35,000 fans will get their own Giannis Antetokounmpo bobblehead to celebrate all things good he has been recognized for, including his placement on the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Hurry up and get your tickets as American Family Field is sure to be buzzing with a playoff atmosphere as they look to clinch a playoff spot and another NL Central title.
Something to Cheer About
Baseball fans of the Cincinnati Reds don’t have much to root for this year. Weekday games are rough on fans attending, simply because of work obligations the next day. So, to draw people in on a Tuesday night, the Reds have scheduled 3-2-1 Nights every Tuesday home game. Cheap concessions are a great way to bring in the family. Adults get the best of food and drinks with $2 hot dogs and $3 beers (Bud and Bud Light) while kids get the $2 dogs and $1 ice cream. Every team offers cheap beer nights and even cheaper hot dog nights. How many of them combine all the goods at one time?
— Sara Elyse (@SaraElyse128) July 2, 2022
The night to take in a game at Great American Ball Park and cash in on these prices is August 30th as the Reds try to play spoiler to the St. Louis Cardinals playoff hopes. Plus, it will be the last time fans will see Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, and Yadier Molina wear an MLB jersey.
Get There or Miss the Fun
From sea to shining sea, teams look to bring fans of all ages through the gates. If you aren’t traveling to one of these teams’ stadiums/field, do everything you can to catch a local team promotion. Almost every night there is something going on. Every team has something that makes the stadium and fan base unique. It may be a promotion or it could be the entire stadium singing along to Neil Diamond. Take advantage of sitting in a purple seat 1 mile above sea level. Feel free to try fried grasshoppers for the first time. Whatever it is you find yourself doing for the remainder of the season, may you be doing it on a promotional night.