Hagerstown Suns offering action-packed promotional schedule this season
Bobblehead giveaways and fireworks are the norm these days at professional ballparks across the country, but the minor league baseball culture often takes things one step further when it comes to entertainment.
Theme nights highlighted by Harry Potter and Star Wars are on the menu of promotions planned throughout the Hagerstown Suns’ upcoming 70-game home schedule.
The Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals opens its season at Municipal Stadium on Thursday, April 11, at 6:05 p.m. against the Asheville Tourists.
While minor league baseball focuses on developing young prospects on the field, it also appeals to casual baseball fans at an affordable price.
“Promotions and entertainment are the life blood of minor league baseball,” said John Kocsis Jr., director of media relations and broadcasting for the Suns.
“You may pay $40 for a ticket to see a big league game, but you will pay $40 to take a family of four to a Suns game.”
The majority of the promotions are aimed at entertaining young baseball fans.
During every Sunday home game, kids have the opportunity to get on the field and race against Woolie B., the Suns’ goofy mascot. Each kid that participates is awarded a gold medal courtesy of Aladdin Awards.
Sunday Family Fundays also include face painting and autograph sessions while Suns Kids Club members are invited down to the field to play pre-game catch.
While giving kids a fun day at the ballpark is always the goal, the Suns have also made a commitment over the last few years to make it educational. The Suns will host two Education Days for local school kids, featuring 10:35 a.m. games on Wednesday, April 17 and Monday, May 20.
“We’ve been doing Education Days for years and many minor league teams do it across the country,” Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter said. “We hand out activity books to the kids that have word problems, math, statistics, etc., all related to baseball. We also do some baseball-related trivia during the game as well.”
During the month of May, the Suns will roll out Comic Con Night (Saturday, May 18) and Star Wars Night (Friday, May 31), featuring characters representing the entire Star Wars franchise to meet and greet fans and be available for pictures.
“We try to give you a more personalized experience,” Kocsis said.
June is highlighted by Harry Potter Night, which will take place on Saturday, June 1, and also that night one family of four will win a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Past prizes have included a trip to Disney World.
“It’s a great family promotion and it’s exciting to see the faces of the winning families,” Painter said.
Other theme nights in 2019 will include Wrestling Night, Super Hero Day, Summer Camp Day, BCACV Pink Night, Autism Awareness Night, Friday Night Lights, Summer Camp Day, four Nora Roberts Reading Challenge games, Purple Night, Associated Builders & Contractors night and much more. Returning for most Wednesday games this year will be Bark in the Park.
Fireworks nights will be on June 14, July 3 and Aug. 23. Bobblehead giveaways this season for the first 1,000 fans include 2018 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up Juan Soto, recent National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mike Mussina, and a mystery bobblehead as well.
Thirsty Thursdays also remain a mainstay at Municipal Stadium as fans can enjoy 12-ounce beers every Thursday for just $2.
To see the Suns full promotional schedule, click here. To purchase tickets or to learn more about Suns ticket plans, call 301-791-6266.
Top photo: Anderson Franco, right, is congratulated by Hagerstown Suns teammate Blake Perkins after Franco hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning against the Hickory Crawdads in this August 2017 file photo. (Herald-Mail file photo)