PRESS RELEASE – As the Altoona Curve embark on their 12th season, the past offseason was the first enjoyed by the Lozinak Family as they once again took reigns of the organization that they initially brought to Altoona. Through the months of September through March, a number of new, fresh and innovative ideas have been put in to motion for the 2010 season.
“The hours that our front office staff put in year round are beyond plentiful,” said General Manager Rob Egan. “I think this year the fan experience, ballpark atmosphere and most importantly the value everyone will enjoy will be unprecedented.”
They are broken down as follows by category based on the fan experience.
* “Galliker’s Fun Zone” – Located down the right field line, it will be equipped with new inflatable baseball hitting game coming in late April
* Also located in the same area, the “Weis Playland” will have new carnival style games with prizes.
* A new, make-your-own stuffed animal machine will be located either outside the Caboose or Playland.
* A new, improved Galliker’s Kids’ Club will be available to kids at a lower price with even more rewards.
* Mirror Mondays – Fans can save $2 off Grandstand Tickets for Monday home games with a coupon that will be located on the front page of the Sports section of the Altoona Mirror
* Weis Buy Thursdays – Fans will have the opportunity to save $2 off Grandstand Tickets for Thursday home games with a Weis Preferred Shoppers Card.
* For this season the Curve have implemented a new, easy-to-use, low risk program allowing groups to sell books of six ticket vouchers and keep $9 per book. This will allow for smaller, grass-roots type fundraising that will ensure that no group or organization – no matter how big or small will be left behind when it comes to using the Altoona Curve brand and game tickets to help generate revenue.
In-Game Entertainment/On-Field Promotions
* The Panera Bagel Race
* The Tel-Power Joust
* Choreographed Mascot Skits
* Kunzler Honorary Team Captain
* A new-look Steamer was made public in February. The new makeover features a sleeker, friendlier look that will make fan interaction and skits much more entertaining.
* New, protective windows on upper concourse will enhance the comfort of fans throughout the season by reducing undesirable weather elements and eliminating standing water that occasionally occurred on the walkways. It will also help preserve the structural integrity of Blair County Ballpark long-term.
* The all-new Kunzler Grill in the left field corner will feature Kunzler hot dogs, Italian sausages, deli meats served in the ballpark.
* The Atlantic Broadband Sports Den will be the premier “man cave” at Blair County Ballpark. The “party suite” which holds up to 36 fans comfortably has been upgraded with a 42″ inch flat screen HDTV, a desktop PC with Atlantic Broadband wireless internet service, and two new luxury recliners. Fans can rent the suite during the season and enjoy all of the comforts of home while at the ballpark. Atlantic Broadband Digital TV subscribers will also have several chances to win a night in the suite through a “Watch and Win” Video on Demand feature on Channel 1.
* First-Ever Altoona appearance of the Famous SD Chicken (Friday, April 9)
* Diamond Dig Event presented by Dorman’s Jewelers (Sunday, April 25)
* Mother’s Day “Ladies in the Park” Celebration (Sunday, May 9)
* Return of Bark in the Park (Aug. 4) and Myron Noodleman (Saturday, August 14)
* More Fireworks Shows and Giveaway Events than 2009!
* Community Collection Days will take place on the first Saturday home game of each month to benefit various charities.
* M&T Bank “Take it to the Bank” Days will have Curve players signing autographs in conjunction with ticket giveaways on five select dates at area M&T Bank branch locations.
* Altoona First Savings Bank’s “First Game of the Month.” Altoona First will be providing tickets to the first game of each month to charitable, non-profit groups.
* “Curve, PA “- Prevalent in all marketing aspects inside and outside of Blair County Ballpark will be a new daily cartoon, jingle, logo, and blog will be used throughout the Curve’s marketing efforts/platforms to accentuate the experience people have in “Curve, PA.”