RailCats Unveil Promtional Calendar: Phase Three

PRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats have plenty of exciting theme nights planned for third homestand of the season, June 16-23, and have announced the third phase of the crowded 2011 Promotional Schedule.

The RailCats look to build on the foundation of fun, affordable family entertainment by taking the ballpark experience to the highest level and enhancing the atmosphere and environment at The Steel Yard at all 50 home games. The RailCats are bringing back a number of fan favorites, but be on the lookout for the new, exciting promotional nights and giveaways as the RailCats announce the promotional schedule in waves over the coming weeks.

Mardi Gras Night – Thursday, June 16 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
A renewed rivalry with the St. Paul Saints means the RailCats are throwing a Mardi Gras style party to celebrate as U. S. Steel Yard will be transformed into Bourbon Street (a family friendly version of course!). There will be of party surprises all night long and at least one parade so this is a day you sure won’t want to miss!

Mystery Autographed Bat Giveaway and Faith & Family Night – Friday, June 17 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
The RailCats are adding a new twist to a classic giveaway in 2011, as not only will the first 500 fans receive a wood bat from our friends at Hoosier Bat and courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works, but the bats will also be randomly autographed by a RailCats player or coach. However, a few lucky fans will receive a bat autographed by the entire 2011 RailCats squad so make sure you arrive early as these are sure to go fast! The RailCats will wear special throwback uniforms courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works which will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds going to charity. Place your bids in McShane’s SouthShore Depot and claim your prize off your favorite player’s back on the field after the game. This night also features another RailCats classic in Faith and Family Night. The ‘Cats invite baseball fans of all faiths to gather at U. S. Steel Yard and enjoy a game together with special group discounts available for any congregation!

Skateboard Giveaway and X-treme Sports Night – Saturday, June 18 @ 6:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
One of your favorite giveaways from 2010 is back with a brand new design as the first 1,000 kids to walk through the U. S. Steel Yard gates on this night will receive a real wooden skateboard courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and The Times. Join the ‘Cats as they take X-treme Sports Night to the max featuring a salute to some of your favorite gravity defying sports.

Bark in the Park – Sunday, June 19 @ 2:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
Celebrate Father’s Day with the RailCats and your entire family, including man’s best friend! The RailCats invite fathers and sons to have a catch in the U. S. Steel Yard outfield after the game, but that’s not all. Bark in the Park Night also means that dogs are most certainly allowed on this night so bring out the entire family, as Rusty and Rascal move into hiding when The Steel Yard is taken over by puppies and pooches.

Halloween Night – Tuesday, June 21 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Who says Halloween is only one day a year? The RailCats (and Rusty in particular) will be handing out candy to fans (with the good stuff going to fans with the most creative costumes) but you also receive a special ticket discount when you come in character. This night will feature a number of other spooky surprises including a special appearance by the ghost that haunts The Steel Yard, so you won’t want to miss it!

Hippie Night – Wednesday, June 22 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
“Bring your own drum” is in effect as the RailCats pay tribute to the psychedelic sights and sounds of the 60’s with Hippie Night. The peace and love movement will always be remembered as a pivotal point in our nation’s history and the RailCats will be celebrating with some of your favorite music of the era in addition to a number of other facets of this cultural phenomenon.

Green Day and Youth & Senior Day – Thursday, June 23 @ 11:10 a.m. vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
The RailCats celebrate the “Go Green” initiative with this night but included will be a salute to the color green, one of the official colors of your favorite Northwest Indiana Baseball Team, with music from Green Day and other special “green” items. The RailCats also invite local youth camps and senior groups out to this annual event, with a special 11 a.m. start time and special group ticket discounts.

For a complete rundown of the announced portions of the 2011 promotional schedule, visit http://www.railcatsbaseball.com and click the Schedule tab at the top of the page and be sure to check back every Tuesday over the coming weeks as the RailCats release the rest of the 2011 promotional schedule. 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.

Season tickets, mini-plans, flex packs 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 http://www.railcatsbaseball.com.

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS 2011 PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (through 6/23)

Giveaways (Gates open one hour before scheduled first pitch)
Friday, May 20, 7:10 p.m. – Rally Towels (EVERY FAN), courtesy NIEMI Associates
Friday, May 20, 7:10 p.m. – Magnet Schedules (EVERY FAN), courtesy Gary Public Transportation Company
Saturday, May 21, 6:10 p.m. – Fleece Blankets (1,500 fans*), courtesy Geminus Prevention Services
Sunday, May 22, 2:10 p.m. – T-Shirt (1,500 adults*), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and 89.1 FM The Lakeshore
Saturday, June 4, 6:10 p.m. – Beanies/Winter Hats (1,500 fans*), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
Sunday, June 5, 2:10 p.m. – Baseball Gloves (1,000 kids* – 500 Blue/500 Black), courtesy NIEMI Associates
Friday, June 17, 7:10 p.m. – Mystery Autographed Bats (500 fans*), courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works
Saturday, June 18, 6:10 p.m. – Skateboards (1,000 kids*), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and The Times

* Fans giveaways for all ages
* Kids giveaways for ages 12 and under
* Adult giveaways for ages 18 and over

Appearances
Sunday, May 22, 2:10 p.m. – A certain player from a certain football team from a certain town…

Special Events
Friday, May 20, 7:10 p.m. – Ted “Burning Man” Batchelor
Wednesday, June 8, *6:10 p.m. – Shift Workers Day *special start time (Diamond Club opens at 3:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 17, 7:10 p.m. – Throwback Jersey Auction, courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works
Friday, June 17, 7:10 p.m. – Faith & Family Night
Thursday, June 23, *11:10 a.m. – Youth & Senior Day *special start time

Nightly Promotions
Dollar Monday, presented by NIEMI Associates
Tenth Anniversary Tuesdays, presented by Great Lakes Orthopedics
Wet Your Whistle Wednesday, presented by X-Rock 103.9 FM and Miller Lite
Social Media Thursday, featuring special offers to Facebook/Twitter followers
Fireworks Friday, presented by First Midwest Bank and the Post-Tribune
Souvenir Saturday
Times Family Sunday, presented by The Times

Theme Nights
Friday, May 20, 7:10 p.m. – Opening Night: It’s Gonna be Hot!
Saturday, May 21, 6:10 p.m. – Sci-Fi Night
Sunday, May 22, 2:10 p.m. – Chicago Night
Monday, May 23, 7: 10 p.m. – Pirates Night
Tuesday, May 24, 11:10 a.m. – Kids’ Days
Wednesday, May 25, 11:10 a.m. – Kids’ Days
Friday, June 3, 7:10 p.m. – Boyband Night
Saturday, June 4, 6:10 p.m. – Where’s Waldo Night
Sunday, June 5, 2:10 p.m. – Chicago Baseball Night
Monday, June 6, 7:10 p.m. – Solo Night
Tuesday, June 7, 7:10 p.m. – Hillbilly Hoedown Night
Wednesday, June 8, 6:10 p.m. – High Life Night
Thursday, June 9, 7:10 p.m. – British Invasion Night
Thursday, June 16, 7:10 p.m. – Mardi Gras Night
Friday, June 17, 7:10 p.m. – Faith & Family Night
Saturday, June 18, 6:10 p.m. – X-treme Sports Night
Sunday, June 19, 2:10 p.m. – Bark in the Park Night
Tuesday, June 21, 7:10 p.m. – Halloween Night
Wednesday, June 22, 7:10 p.m. – Hippie Night
Thursday, June 23, 11:10 a.m. – Green Day

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