RailCats Redefine Fun with 2011 Promotions

PRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats entire 2011 Promotional Calendar is available now after the ‘Cats announced Phase Seven today. 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 U. S. 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 are Redefining Fun in 2011!

Back to School Night – Tuesday, August 23 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
School’s almost out for summer but by this point Back to School fever (for parents anyway) is back in full swing and the RailCats invite you join us to celebrate one of your last days of summer with a special night of America’s favorite summer activity!

Mini Night – Wednesday, August 24 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
The RailCats invite you to join us as we remember the little people and little things that often get overlooked in our world. The ‘Cats will feature music from your favorite ‘Lil artists including Kim, Bow Wow, and Wayne and U. S. Steel Yard will be covered with tons of “mini” items!

One Hit Wonder – Thursday, August 25 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
Join the RailCats as we celebrate some of the biggest fads and one-hit wonders this country has ever known. Fads have come to typify periods of time in popular culture over the 20th century and emerged  in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s with the coming of the Hula Hoop, Telephone Booth Stuffing, Bellbottoms, Platforms Shoes, Mood Rings and the Pet Rock. The 1980’s and 1990’s are represented as well with the Rubik’s Cube, Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and the Hacky Sack. Music on this night will be exclusively of the one-hit wonder variety including favorites such as the Baha Men, Sir Mix-a-Lot, the Crash Test Dummies, Chumbawamba, Eifel 65 and many more!

Myron Noodleman Appearance and Revenge of the Nerds Night – Friday, August 26 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
You may have seen this hip nerd at another ballpark or numerous times on ESPN highlights. Now, here is your chance to see the hilarious Myron Noodleman LIVE for the first time in Northwest Indiana! Myron Noodleman will rock the house with routines that fans of all ages will love. Whether he is wildly dancing on the dugout, boogying with the umpires and players, or being the ultimate goofball in the stands, Myron Noodleman is guaranteed to make you laugh! Time has also come for the Revenge of the Nerds at U. S. Steel Yard as pocket protectors, suspenders and calculators take over the ballpark. Jocks beware, nerds and geeks alike have free reign on this night!

Hockey Puck Giveaway and Chicago Hockey Night – Saturday, August 27 @ 6:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
Enjoying the NHL playoffs right now? Well, mark your calendar for next hockey season as the RailCats honor our two neighbors in the professional hockey world. In addition, the first 1,000 fans entering the ballpark on this night will receive a free hockey puck thanks to our friends at NIEMI Associates and the Post-Tribune.

Get Weird Night – Sunday, August 28 @ 2:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
The highlight of this night will be a weird talent contest at U. S. Steel Yard with special prizes going to the fans with the most unique talents. Can you wiggle your ears like Alfalfa? Are you a human calculator? Whatever your talent is, now’s your chance to show off to win fabulous prizes!

Michael Jackson Night – Monday, August 29 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
We pay tribute to the late King of Pop, Gary native Michael Jackson, on his birthday. U. S. Steel Yard was the site of a large memorial service in 2009 and actually hosted Jackson early in the park’s history. Today, we share our memories as you share yours, and you’ll be sure to hear the greatest hits blaring throughout the park all night.

Fan Appreciation Night – Tuesday, August 30 @ 7:10 p.m. vs. St. Paul Saints
It’s the last regular season home game of the 2011 season, and tonight’s all about YOU.  Loads of giveaways, contests for big prizes and a final salute to the best fans in the American Association make tonight’s game one not to miss.

For a complete rundown of the announced portions of the 2011 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 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 www.railcatsbaseball.com.

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS 2011 PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (through 8/17)

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’ Day
Wednesday, May 25, 11:10 a.m. – Kids’ DayFriday, 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 and Bike 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 and D.A.R.E. 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
Saturday, July 2, 6:10 p.m. – Steel Day
Sunday, July 3, 2:10 p.m. – Medieval Night
Monday, July 4, 5:10 p.m. – Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, July 5, 7:10 p.m. – Heroes Night
Monday, July 11, 7:10 p.m. – Heritage Night
Tuesday, July 12, 7:10 p.m. – Rusty’s Birthday
Wednesday, July 13, 7:10 p.m. – Harry Potter Night
Friday, July 22, 7:10 p.m. – Glow in the Park Night
Saturday, July 23, 6:10 p.m. – Military Night
Sunday, July 24, 2:10 p.m. – Beach Bash
Monday, July 25, 7:10 p.m. – Christmas in July
Tuesday, July 26, 7:10 p.m. – Millionaire Night
Wednesday, July 27, 7:10 p.m. – Fiesta Night
Friday, August 5, 7:10 p.m. – Greek Night/Negro Leagues Appreciation
Saturday, August 6, 6:10 p.m. – Pajama Party
Sunday, August 7, 2:10 p.m. – Day at the Races
Friday, August 12, 7:10 p.m. – Superhero/Villain
Saturday, August 13, 6:10 p.m. – Breath Awareness Night
Sunday, August 14, 2:10 p.m. – Ginger Appreciation
Monday, August 15, 7:10 p.m. – Mustache Monday
Tuesday, August 16, 7:10 p.m. – Vampire Night
Wednesday, August 17, 7:10 p.m. – Mystery Night
Tuesday, August 23, 7:10 p.m. – Back to School Night
Wednesday, August 24, 7:10 p.m. – Mini Night
Thursday, August 25, 7:10 p.m. – One Hit Wonder Night
Friday, August 26, 7:10 p.m. – Nerd Night
Saturday, August 27, 6:10 p.m. – Chicago Hockey Night
Sunday, August 28, 2:10 p.m. – Get Weird Night
Monday, August 29, 7:10 p.m. – Michael Jackson Night
Tuesday, August 30, 7:10 p.m. – Fan Appreciation Night

Appearances
Friday, May 20, 7:10 p.m. – Indiana 105 Fan Van
Sunday, May 22, 2:10 p.m. – James “Big Cat” Williams Appearance
Friday, August 26, 7:10 p.m. – Myron Noodleman “The Hippest Nerd in da Biz”

Giveaways (Gates open 70 minutes 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 and 89.1 FM The Lakeshore
Saturday, June 18, 6:10 p.m. – Skateboards (1,000 kids*), courtesy Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and The Times
Saturday, July 2, 6:10 p.m. – Lunchbox (1,000 kids*), courtesy Geminus Prevention Services and The Post-Tribune
Friday, July 22, 7:10 p.m. – Glow in the Dark Hat (1,000 fans*), courtesy U. S. Steel Gary Works
Saturday, July 23, 6:10 p.m. – Chest Protector Backpack (1,000 kids*), courtesy The Post-Tribune
Sunday, July 24, 2:10 p.m. – Beach Towel (1,500 fans*), courtesy Community Healthcare System
Tuesday, July 25, 7:10 p.m. – Money Giveaway (1,000 fans*), courtesy NIEMI Associates
Saturday, August 6, 6:10 p.m. – Pillowcase (1,000 fans*), courtesy The Times
Saturday, August 13, 6:10 p.m. – Toothbrush Holder (1,000 kids*), courtesy The Times
Satiurday August 27, 6:10 p.m. – Hockey Puck (1,000 fans*), courtesy NIEMI Associates and the Post-Tribune

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

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
Monday, July 4, *5:10 p.m. – Fourth of July Celebration *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 (Diamond Club open until Midnight)
Souvenir Saturday
Times Family Sunday, presented by The Times

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