PRESS RELEASE – The Gastonia Grizzlies announced today the release of their 2011 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by the June 24th “Midnight Madness Game” against the Forest City Owls and the June 30th game against Team USA.
“Midnight Madness” recently won best promotion in all of college summer baseball at the 2010 Summer Ball Conference. In 2010 “Midnight Madness” drew 3,105 fans and included a pregame party, play catch with the Grizzlies, and Grizzlies Home Run Derby.
The Grizzlies will host Team USA on June 30th after the game in 2010 was rained out. USA Baseball uses the national team to showcase the best American baseball in the country. Many of Former players include 2009 #1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg and a list of MLB All-Stars including Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire, and 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia.
The Grizzlies home opener is Tuesday May 31st against the Columbia Blowfish.
The schedule includes seven “All You Can Eat & Drink” Tuesday games, five of the popular “Thirsty Thursday” games and eleven weekend games.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our 2011 schedule, said General Manager Jesse Cole. Midnight Madness and Team USA are primed and ready to be the biggest games of the year. We are also very excited about our heavy load of Tuesday, Thursday and weekend games.”
In 2011 the Grizzlies will start games at 7:30PM with a few exceptions that will be announced in the spring.
A limited number of season tickets and “Owner’s Tickets” are available for the 2011 season. Owner’s tickets are the only VIP tickets and include all you can eat food and drink and early entrance into the Stadium. For more information about any of the Grizzlies ticket plans you can call the Grizzlies front office at 704-866-8622 or visit www.gastoniagrizzlies.com.
The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 39 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.