Ducks Announce 2011 Promotional Dates

PRESS RELEASE – Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the club’s promotional schedule for the 2011 season. The excitement kicks off on Opening Night, Friday, May 6, when Long Island (and America’s) #1 family-owned and operated appliance and electronics company, P.C. Richard & Son will present “Kevin Baez Bobblehead Night.” Bobbles of the Ducks’ manager will be handed out to the first 2,000 fans, courtesy of the electronics & appliance giant and long-time Ducks sponsor.

“We have an excellent lineup of promotions on tap for the 2011 season,” says Ducks president/general manager Michael Pfaff. “As we enter our 12th season, Ducks baseball continues to be the best entertainment value on Long Island.”

The promotional schedule is highlighted by 10 Grucci Fireworks Extravaganzas sprinkled throughout the year. In addition to ever-popular giveaways like t-shirts and hats, fans will also be treated over the course of the season to items such as cow bells, replica ballparks, inflatable bats, posters, baseball cards, lunch boxes, and baseballs, as well as several other giveaways for fans of all ages. The Ducks will also host an array of theme nights, including Irish Heritage Night, Tribute to America Night, Health Night, Autism Awareness Night, and Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The complete 2011 promotional schedule can be viewed below.

Tickets for all of these dates will go on sale beginning 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Long Island Ducks box office. The ballpark will be the one and only place to get Ducks game tickets until 2:00 p.m. that afternoon, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure the best availability for all of this year’s great promotional dates. A Carnival-like atmosphere will descend upon Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks usher in a new season of fun and affordable family entertainment. At 9:00 a.m. Bethpage Federal Credit Union will be on hand to unveil the new naming rights signage atop the ballpark. Coach Bud Harrelson, new manager Kevin Baez, Ducks players and mascot QuackerJack will be on hand to take part in all the morning fun from the ballpark, meeting fans and signing autographs. Fans will be treated to complimentary food and beverage, courtesy of Bethpage, Entenmann’s, Pepsi, Centerplate, Herr’s and other Ducks partners. An excess of games, contests and activities will keep the fans entertained as they wait in line to purchase the hottest baseball tickets on Long Island.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, fans can also purchase tickets by going to www.liducks.com and clicking on the tickets icon or by calling 631-940-TIXX.

The Long Island Ducks are entering their 12th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Opening Day is May 6. For season ticket or advertising information, visit www.liducks.com or call 631-940-DUCK.

2011 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

May 6               Kevin Baez Bobbleheads by P.C. Richard & Son (first 2,000 fans)
May 7               Day: Replica Ballparks by Bethpage (first 1,500 fans)
May 7               Night: Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza presented by NYCB
May 10             Magnet Schedules by QuackerJack Foundation (first 3,500 fans)
May 13             Cow Bells by Leslie Munzer Neurological Institute (first 1,500 fans)
May 15             Autograph Books by Newsday (first 1,500 fans)
May 26             Black Baseball Caps by Leviton (first 1,500 fans)
May 28             Build a Pencil Sets by Pointless Products (first 1,500 fans)
May 29             Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza
June 4               Baseballs & Stranger Safety Awareness Day by The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation (first 1,500 fans)
June 5               Team Photos by GallettAir (first 1,500 fans)
June 17             Ducks Country T-Shirts by 1-800-Chimney (first 1,500 fans)
June 18             Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza presented by MetroPCS
June 19             Father’s Day Giveaway by Plesser’s
June 21             Quackers by Newsday (first 1,500 fans)
June 28             Health Fair & Foam Fingers (first 1,500 fans) presented by North Shore LIJ/Southside Hospital
June 29             Green Baseball Caps by CW Post Campus of Long Island University (first 1,500 fans)
June 30             Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza & Reusable Grocery Bags (first 2,500 fans) by Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace
July 8                Aluminum Water Bottles by Flushing Bank (first 1,500 fans)
July 9                Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Bethpage
July 10              EDP Dental Plan Night Item TBD            
July 15              5th Annual Irish Heritage Night & Sports Bottles by The Nutty Irishman (first 1,500 fans)
July 17              Yellow & Navy Baseballs by Yellow Dog Lawn Care (first 1,500 fans)
July 19              Petro Night Item TBD
July 20              QuackerJack Bobbleheads by Briarcliffe College (first 1,500 fans)
July 23              Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza & Military Appreciation Night by Northrop Grumman
July 27              Baseball Caps by Ridgewood Savings Bank (first 1,500 fans)
July 28              Ducks Country Posters by Newsday (first 1,500 fans)
July 29              Baseballs by The Salvation Army (first 1,500 fans)         
July 31              Bill Korbel Bobbleheads by News 12 (first 1,500 fans)               
Aug 6                Tribute to America Night & Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza by NYCOMED US
Aug 7                Baseball Cards by Nicolock Paving Stones (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 8                Autism Awareness Night & Puzzles by Autism Speaks (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 9                Reusable Shopping Bags by PAFCU (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 10              Rally Towels by St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 17              Buddy Harrelson Bobbleheads by Dantona Industries (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 18              Hop N Bop Night Item TBD
Aug 22              Play N Trade Video Games Night Item TBD
Aug 24              Back to School Notebooks by Staples (first 2,000 fans)
Aug 26              Cooler Bags by Society of St. Vincent de Paul (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 27              Realtors Against Hunger Night & Flashlights by LI Board of Realtors (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 28              Mascot Day & Inflatable Bats presented by Kids in Sports LI (first 1,500 fans)
Aug 29              Breast Cancer Awareness Night & Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza
Aug 30              Back to School Lunch Boxes by SCOPE Education Services (first 1,500 kids 12 & Under)
Sept 10             Night: Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Sept 17             Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza  
Sept 18             Fan Appreciation Day by Pepsi

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