PRESS RELEASE – PBS39’s brand-new hour-long documentary, IronPigs: Fan-tastic, featuring never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the club’s remarkable 2011 season, will debut on April 4 at Coca-Cola Park in an exclusive viewing to the general public at 7 p.m.
For the first time in franchise history, fans are also invited to enjoy the 2012 IronPigs first workout of the season from 5 to 6:30 p.m. as the club prepares for its season opener against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 5. Tickets are just $5 and are on sale now at ironpigsbaseball.com, by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or at the Coca-Cola Park ticket office during normal business hours. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit organizations PBS39 and IronPigs Charities.
“We shot about 40 hours of footage to create this one hour documentary,” said Amy Burkett PBS39 Television Station Manager and executive producer. “We’re so excited to share the finished product with our community. We consider it a gift to our region to wrap up the first five years of IronPigs baseball in a beautiful bow highlighting an incredible season in this program.”
IronPigs: Fan-tasticproducer/writer Laura McHugh added, “In this documentary, we wanted to explore the magic that makes the Lehigh Valley IronPigs fantastic. We found fans eager to share their stories and help us understand how this team has united our community and given the Lehigh Valley a team to call its own. I had an incredible opportunity to interview so many fans and players during the 2011 season and consider it an honor to share their stories in this documentary.”
The PBS39 crew tracked the IronPigs’ 2011 record-breaking season with unprecedented access to players, coaches and front office personnel, resulting in one of the most unique sports documentaries ever produced. The film delves into many topics, including:
- The magic behind Coca-Cola Park becoming Minor League Baseball’s most visited and acclaimed venue despite three consecutive losing seasons prior to the IronPigs’ first-ever postseason appearance in 2011.
- The exciting 2011 team that included new manager and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.
- The fans that have shown unwavering support for the club.
- The economic impact, estimated in the millions, of the IronPigs and Coca-Cola Park on the Lehigh Valley.
Fans attending the screening can walk the red carpet upon entering Coca-Cola Park and PBS39 will capture all of the evening’s excitement with a live broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m.
IronPigs: Fan-tasticis narrated by IronPigs TV commentator and Service Electric TV 2 Sports Director Mike Zambelli.
Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. to allow fans to catch their first glimpses of the 2012 IronPigs during a 90-minute workout and batting practice session. After the workout session, IronPigs: Fan-tasticwill debut on Coca-Cola Park’s massive video screen at 7 p.m. All seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation.
IronPigs Charities is a non-profit organization striving to provide educational and recreational opportunities for children in the Greater Lehigh Valley area.
The IronPigs home opener at Coca-Cola Park is on April 5 at 7:05 p.m. against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Single-game tickets, season tickets, mini plans and group tickets for the 2012 season presented by Capital BlueCross are on sale now.