PRESS RELEASE – It maybe the “Dog Days of Summer,” but Fluor Field will be electric with many exciting promotions during the Drive’s nine-game series which begins Monday, August 2nd – the longest homestand ever at the ballpark!
“There is no better way to enjoy family-friendly, affordable entertainment here in Downtown Greenville over the remaining weeks of the summer than at Fluor Field,” commented Drive General Manager Mike deMaine. “The Drive are poised to capture the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division second half title as we begin this nine-game homestand with the Lakewood BlueClaws, a rematch of last season’s Sally League Championship Series.”
The Drive’s homestand kicks-off with “Gamecock Appreciation Night” on August 2nd, where fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks’ 2010 National Championship men’s baseball team, and have their picture taken with the trophy. In addition, USC’s lovable mascot, Cocky, and cheerleaders will be at Fluor Field with complimentary 2010 fall sports schedules, posters, and face painting.
deMaine, an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, added, “We are excited to congratulate the Gamecocks on their huge accomplishment just a few months ago, while giving fans an up close look at the National Championship trophy. Each year the University of South Carolina baseball team plays several games at Fluor Field, which included a huge victory over Clemson in the first annual Reedy River Rivalry in March, and we are excited to be hosting that game again in 2011.”
It will be a quick turnaround on Tuesday, August 3rd as the Drive and BlueClaws play at 11 AM, the final Businessperson Special of the season. There’s no better way to sneak away from the office for a few hours than by grabbing a hot dog and Pepsi at the ballpark, while watching exciting Drive baseball.
“Fluor Field provides a great outlet during a stressful day at work,” stated deMaine. “However, just because you’re at the ballpark doesn’t mean that you can’t get any work done. Fluor Field is equipped with complimentary wireless internet, and also provides a terrific setting to host current clients, seal the deal with new business prospects, or build rapport with team members from the office.”
Fluor Field will “go pink” on Wednesday, August 4th as the Drive and Susan G. Komen For the Cure – South Carolina Mountains to Midlands Chapter team up to “knock breast cancer out of the park!” The two organizations will honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, and the Drive players will be wearing commemorative pink jerseys – all of which will be available to purchase through an in-game silent auction.
In addition, fans will receive a free commemorative t-shirt as they pass through the gates at Fluor Field, and the Green Monster will be outfitted with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.
deMaine noted, “This is just the first of two great events we have planned with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Mountains to Midlands chapter. This year’s “Race for the Cure” on Saturday, September 25th starts at Fluor Field and goes through Downtown Greenville, and fans will be able to receive more information about this event during the game on August 4th. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 races with more than 1 million participants each year.”
As the Drive’s homestand heads into the weekend, fans will be treated to the familiar staples at Fluor Field with Dollar Drink Night on Thursday and fireworks following Friday night’s game.
On Saturday, August 7th, Breakin’ B-Boy McCoy will make his first ever appearance at Fluor Field. He may appear to be a regular bat boy, when in fact he steals the show with his smooth moves, fancy footwork and clever dance routines. The following day, is “Sunday Family FunDay” with the popular “Kids Run the Bases” opportunity after the game.
Monday’s game will feature a tribute to the Boy Scouts of America, who are having their 100th Anniversary this year. Close to 2,000 Scouts from across the Blue Ridge Council will gather at Fluor Field for a fun evening which will include pre-game recognition, in-game entertainment and a memorable combination of two great American traditions, baseball and scouting.
The homestand concludes Tuesday, August 10th with the Drive’s annual Green Day celebration, marking the City of Greenville’s 179th birthday. Drive players will pay tribute to the City by wearing their special green uniforms and caps, and fans are encouraged to create “green out” by sporting green as well. The first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Green Day t-shirt, and the evening will conclude with a special post-game birthday celebration fireworks show.
As in years past, Green Day will also include a salute to an individual who has helped make Greenville and the surrounding area in the dynamic and desirable community it has become. This year’s honoree will be Merl Code, a prominent Greenville attorney and civic leader.
“It’s going to be an exciting nine days at Fluor Field, that our fans will definitely want to be a part of,” said deMaine. “There’s a unique offering at the ballpark each day and, with the first-place Southern Division Drive making a run at their second consecutive trip to the playoffs, the atmosphere at Fluor Field will certainly be electric!”
Seats are still available for the Drive’s upcoming 9-game homestand, and start at just $5. For more information regarding single-game tickets, group outings, luxury accommodations, and special events, please call (864) 240-4500 or visit http://www.GreenvilleDrive.com.