Moosic, Pa. – A human cannonball will streak across the NEPA sky in advance of a wild fireworks extravaganza. That June 17 scene gives you a taste of the sizzle the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) will display as they roll out their fully fleshed-out 2016 promotional schedule. A variety of new theme nights have been woven into this year’s docket. Below are three highlighted efforts:
Human Cannonball/Man vs. Marathon (Presented by Planet Fitness), June 17: Fireworks will cap off a truly athletic evening with a special guest appearance by Dan “The Bullet” Human Cannonball who will shoot across the field to begin a spectacular fireworks showcase. Before his gravity-defying wizardry, athletic achievements of a different sort will go head-to-head. What is the one commonality shared by baseball games and marathons? They take their share of time to complete. Groups of area athletes have teamed up to challenge the game of baseball in finishing their discipline before their counterparts. Relay teams of five runners will begin a race against baseball at 7:05 p.m. when the first pitch is thrown by your RailRiders. The question of which would happen first, the conclusion of a baseball game, or a full marathon, will be answered.
Pierogi Night, Aug. 26: Nostrovia! Not only to good health however, to good food as well. The team will adopt the nickname “Pierogis” for the night with jerseys, video board head shots and more. The celebration of the delicious local delicacy will include a good old-fashioned pierog-off at PNC Field. People from all over NEPA will be competing for the illustrious crown of “Best Pierogi”. With a variety of divisions, many fans will have a chance to have their voices heard and taste buds tantalized.
Mystery Bobblehead Night, Date TBA: A to-be-announced number of fans through the gates at PNC Field will receive a mystery bobblehead from somewhere in the world of sports. But who (or what) will serve as the bobblehead’s inspiration? Is it Derek Jeter? David Ortiz? Maybe even Pat Sajak? The RailRiders have accumulated bobbleheads from across the nation for their fans to add to their own collections. Even the date is a mystery! Expect it to be toward the end of the season.
“We have created what we think are some fun, innovative promotions for NEPA to enjoy over the 2016 season”, said RailRiders COO Josh Olerud. “This ranks as one of the most varied and entertaining promo schedules in all the minors.”
The daily promotional schedule has been set and includes some familiar favorites and some glorious new additions:
Sunday Family FUNDay (Presented by NEPA Honda Dealers Association)
- Kids Fun Run: Chance to run the bases like your RailRiders after the game
Balloon animals, face painters throughout entrance plaza
CHAMP’s Kids’ Club Day (All members of CHAMP’s Kids’ Club, presented by Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, receive a ticket to every Sunday game).
Dollar Mondays (Presented by the Times-Tribune) *Does not apply to July 4
- $1 Admission for all dogs (of the canine variety)
Proceeds will benefit a local animal charity.
$1 Lawn Tickets for dog owners
Dogs and owners will be seated in the lawn area.
$1 Hot Dogs
- $2 Tacos
$2 Tall boys (beer)
$2 Lawn tickets
Belly Buster Wednesday Nights/”Pay It Forward” Wednesday Nights
- With a ticket upgrade to $15 total, fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet in the left-field Kost Pavilion (not available for day games).
To “pay it forward”, a charitable organization will be featured every Wednesday for the opportunity to raise money through walk-up ticket sales for the day of that game (not available for day games).
Thirsty Thursday (Presented by Budweiser)
- $2 (Poured) Bud Light drafts
$1 (Poured) Pepsi products
Glow in the Park Fridays
- RailRiders will wear all black uniforms that feature neon-green accented logos and sleeves.
Fireworks every Friday (from June 3 on)
- Every single Saturday throughout the season will feature a giveaway.
Ranging from all fans, to kids only
Kids Fun Run: All kids will have the chance to run the bases like the RailRiders after the game
The full list of the 2016 giveaway and theme night schedule is attached and subject to change before the arrival of the 2016 season.
The defending IL North champion RailRiders open their 2016 season on Thursday, April 7 with a two-game homestand against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
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