PRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats 2010 promotional calendar is overflowing with must-have giveaways, celebrated entertainers and great discounts every night of the week at U. S. Steel Yard.
The RailCats Tradition of Excellence is still about winning baseball and first-class service, but nothing defines Northwest Indiana’s premier professional sports franchise more than family-friendly fun, which is what the 2010 promotional schedule is all about. From discount Dollar Mondays to Fireworks Fridays and Souvenir Saturdays there’s always something happening during a RailCats game, and the 2010 promotional schedule is the club’s most aggressive ever. At least one special event or promotion is planned for all 50 of the RailCats 2010 home games, starting on Opening Night, Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Outstanding giveaways have always been a draw for RailCats fans, and the team is proud to announce a number of special new items, without forgetting any of the usual standbys. There’s still Fleece Blanket Giveaway night on May 22, the Beach Towel Giveaway on July 11 and a Kids Bat Giveaway on July 24, but the RailCats will add cool new items like a Diamond Giveaway (the jewel, not the baseball kind) June 18, a Rusty the RailCat Bank June 29 and a RailCats Skateboard Giveaway August 14.
Money Giveaways are also back for 2010, with the RailCats passing out $2,000 cash in some combination to the first 1,000 fans through the gates Thursday, June 10, Friday, July 23 and Wednesday, September 1. Five fans each night will get a $100 bill!
Special guest appearances dot the promotional schedule as well, including the annual visit from the first fowl himself, the Famous Chicken. In his only Northwest Indiana appearance, the Hall of Fame mascot guarantees a night of laughs Wednesday, August 18. The RailCats will also bring out another kind of “animal” entertainer when the Ghost Riders visit U. S. Steel Yard for the first time as part of Bark in the Park Night, Tuesday, June 1. Canines are allowed inside The Steel Yard on this night, and after the game the Ghost Riders – a team of spider monkeys riding on top of dogs, all while herding sheep – will perform.
The ‘Cats also have several exciting human visitors planned for this summer, beginning Wednesday, June 30 when Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame right-hander Ferguson Jenkins stops by The Steel Yard to greet fans and sign autographs. Jenkins will also throw batting practice to lucky RailCats fans before the game. One week later, Tuesday, July 6, the RailCats are thrilled to be bringing actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, to The Steel Yard on Sci-Fi Night.
Nightly promotions return in 2010, beginning with the wildly popular Dollar Mondays. With one dollar hot dogs, chips, popcorn, pop, game programs and more, Dollar Mondays are the perfect way to start your week with savings. Plus, when fans buy one ticket for Dollar Monday games, the second is just a buck.
Tuesdays in 2010 are all about kids, with a special 6 p.m. start time for all Tuesday night games to make sure everyone’s home by bedtime. Local students who are part of the RailCats Reading Club will get a free ticket to every Tuesday night game, and the first 1,000 kids (age 12 and under) at Tuesday games will get a free hot dog. Plus, most Tuesday promotions will be geared towards the little ones, and the RailCats will pass out Picture Packs to give youngsters a chance to get an autograph from their favorite RailCats player.
Wednesdays, too, will have a new feel in 2010, with Wet Your Whistle Wednesdays featuring great deals for grown-ups. The RailCats will offer $2 MGD and Miller Lite drafts on Wednesday night, moving the usual beer special a day earlier since the RailCats have only three scheduled Thursday home games in 2010.
The weekends at U. S. Steel Yard will remain much the same, with a post-game fireworks show planned for every Fireworks Friday, great giveaways for fans of all ages on Souvenir Saturdays and the perfect family four-pack on The Times Family Sundays, when fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four pops for $36 by clipping a coupon from The Times.
For a complete rundown of the 2010 promotional schedule, visit www.railcatsbaseball.com and click the Schedule tab at the top of the page. The promotional schedule is subject to change, so please check back before attending any game to make sure promotions for that night have not been altered. Plus, more promotions are sure to be added to the schedule in the future.
Season tickets, mini-plans and group outings are on sale now by calling the RailCats at 219.882.2255. For more information on any of the RailCats affordable ticket packages, log on to www.railcatsbaseball.com.
GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS 2010 PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTSNightly Promotions
Dollar Mondays, presented by NIEMI Associates
Tuesday Kids Days and Picture Pack Giveaway, presented by Great Lakes Orthopedics
Wet Your Whistle Wednesdays, presented by Miller Lite and X-Rock 103.9
Fireworks Fridays, presented by First Midwest Bank and Post-Tribune
The Times Family Sundays, presented by Northwest Indiana TimesThursday, May 20, 7 p.m. – Commemorative Coins (1,500 Fans), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. and Post-Tribune
Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m. – Fleece Blankets (1,500 Fans), courtesy Geminus Prevention Services
Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m. – Adult T-Shirts (1,000 Adults), courtesy The Lakeshore, 89.1 FM
Monday, May 31, 3 p.m. – Schedule Posters (1,000 Fans), courtesy Garman Printing
Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m. – RailCats Hats (2,000 Fans), courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works and Northwest Indiana Times
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. – Cash [$2,000 Total] (1,000 Fans), courtesy NIEMI Associates and Indiana 105
Friday, June 18, 7 p.m. – Diamonds [some real, some fake] (1,000 Adults), courtesy Albert’s Diamond Jewelers
Saturday, June 19, 6 p.m. – RailCats Helmets (1,000 Kids), courtesy NIEMI Associates
Sunday, June 20, 2 p.m. – Kids T-Shirts (1,500 Kids), courtesy Strack & Van Til and Post-Tribune
Tuesday, June 29, 6 p.m. – Rusty the RailCat Banks (1,000 Kids), courtesy Wayne Hummer Wealth Management
Saturday, July 10, 6 p.m. – RailCats Gloves (1,000 Kids), courtesy NIEMI Associates and Northwest Indiana Times
Sunday, July 11, 2 p.m. – Beach Towels (1,500 Fans), courtesy Community Health Care System
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m. – Cash [$2,000 Total] (1,000 Fans), courtesy NIEMI Associates and Indiana 105
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – RailCats Bats (1,000 Kids), courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works and Post-Tribune
Saturday, August 14, 6 p.m. – Skateboards (1,500 Kids), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. and Northwest Indiana Times
Friday, August 27, 7 p.m. – Lunch Boxes (1,000 Kids), courtesy Geminus Prevention Services and Indiana 105
Sunday, August 29, 2 p.m. – RailCats Team Photo (2,000 Fans), courtesy Hoosier Bat Company
Wednesday, September 1, 7 p.m. – Cash [$2,000 Total] (1,000 Fans), courtesy NIEMI Associates and Indiana 105
Giveaways (Gates open one hour before scheduled first pitch)
* Fans giveaways for all ages
* Kids giveaways for ages 12 and under
* Adult giveaways for ages 18 and overTuesday, June 1, 6 p.m. – Ghost Riders Show (www.teamghostriders.com)
Wednesday, June 30, 7 p.m. – Ferguson Jenkins Appearance & Home Run Derby
Tuesday, July 6, 6 p.m. – Peter Mayhew aka Chewbacca (www.petermayhew.com)
Monday, August 16, 7 p.m. – Elvis Night
Wednesday, August 18, 7 p.m. – Famous Chicken Appearance (www.famouschicken.com)
Wednesday, September 1, 7 p.m. – Football Night (guests TBA)
Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. – Joe Gates Jersey Retirement
Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m. – Country/Mullet Night with Mike “The Mullet Man” Summers from Indiana 105
Tuesday, June 1, 6 p.m. – Bark in the Park (bring your dog to the park)
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. – Cubs/White Sox Night with Cubs replica jersey auction (worn by RailCats)
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. – Faith & Family Night #1
Sundays June 6 & 20, 2 p.m. – Youth Baseball Days
Tuesday, June 29, 6 p.m. – Rusty the RailCat’s Birthday Party
Friday, July 9, 7 p.m. – Latino Family Night
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – Girl Scout Sleepover
Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m. – Christmas in July
Tuesday, July 27, 6 p.m. – Negro Leagues Appreciation
Tuesday, August 3, 6 p.m. – Lakeshore Kids Immunization Fair
Saturday, August 14, 6 p.m. – Faith & Family Night #2
Sunday, August 15, 2 p.m. – Go Green Day
Tuesday, August 17, 6 p.m. – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day (almost)
Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m. – Boy Scout Sleepover
Thursday, September 2, 7 p.m. – Fan Appreciation Night