RailCats, UAW Team Up to Shatter Attendance Record

PRESS RELEASE – In conjunction with United Auto Workers Local 551 and Local 588, the Gary SouthShore RailCats will set franchise single-game attendance records as they treat the hard-working men and women of the Ford Motor Company to two days full of fun and entertainment at U. S. Steel Yard on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

UAW Local 551 and UAW Local 588 have purchased enough tickets to reward all union members, employees and their families at each local plant with a day of fun and excitement for the Ford Chicago Family. On Saturday, August 27, the RailCats will celebrate UAW 551/Ford Chicago Stamping Plant Employee Night and smash the club’s single-game attendance record set on Opening Day in 2003 when 7,089 fans piled into U. S. Steel Yard to celebrate Memorial Day. On Sunday, August 28, the RailCats are poised break the record set the day before on UAW 588/Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Employee Day.

“What an opportunity this is for all of the men and women of the UAW to experience a day of fun, family entertainment and what an opportunity it is for the RailCats organization and the City of Gary to bring this many hard-working people to our hometown,” said RailCats President and General Manager Andy Viano. “Matt Kolanowski, Carlo Bishop, Grant Morton, Tracy Noojin and the rest of the folks at the UAW offices who have put this day together truly understand the long-term benefits an event like this has within their workforce, and their passion for making this day possible for their co-workers is truly impressive. We are proud to be able to play host to these men and women and look forward to creating a wonderful memory for each of them and are excited to pack U. S. Steel Yard like it’s never been before!”

This is the third year the RailCats and the United Auto Workers Union have partnered to reward union members and employees with this year being the largest every thanks to the addition of the Assembly Plant in 2011. With well over 21,000 fans expected to flock the friendly confines of U. S. Steel Yard August 26-28, the RailCats should also destroy the current franchise mark for weekend attendance of 16,496 set on August 22-24 in 2008.

Located on the South Side of Chicago with over 2,000 workers, the 2.7 million square foot Ford Chicago Assembly Plant began production with the Model T on March 3, 1924, and the plant is currently responsible for building the Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and the Ford Explorer. The nearby two million square foot Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights opened in 1956 and boasts close to 900 employees. Steel coils and pre-cut steel sheets arrive at the Chicago Stamping Plant and are then stamped into certain parts, such as body panels or hoods using presses and other equipment.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations. The UAW has more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in more than 750 local unions. For more information on UAW, check out www.uaw.org.

Very limited seats are left for Myron Noodleman’s first-ever trip to Northwest Indiana on Friday, August 26 but great seats are still available for Wednesday, Thursday, Monday and Tuesday of this final homestand as the RailCats seek to secure a place in the American Association playoffs trailing the St. Paul Saints by one game in the Wild Card with seven games left in the regular season. Don’t miss you chance to be part of all the action at U. S. Steel Yard before the RailCats go into hibernation for the fall and winter, so call the ‘Cats at 219.882.2255 or check out www.railcatsbaseball.com to purchase your tickets now!

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