PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have unveiled their full promotional schedule for the 2012 season. For the fourth time in as many years, Hot Rods fans will be treated to an exciting array of events, giveaways, yearly staples, and celebrity appearances on the promotional calendar. Bowling Green Ballpark will host 70 Hot Rods regular season baseball events from April 5 to September 3, providing fans the opportunity to experience something new each time they attend a Hot Rods game.
“As they have for the past three seasons, our fans are going to enjoy coming to the ballpark,” said Hot Rods President Brad Taylor. “They will recognize the popular events that are returning and will be pleased with the new additions for this season. We’ve put together a good mix of events that suit Hot Rods fans of all ages.”
The jam-packed promotional schedule begins on Citizens First Opening Night featuring a T-Shirt giveaway, post-game fireworks, and $2 food and drink specials. That night, the Hot Rods begin a three-game, season-opening series with the South Bend Silver Hawks (Future D-Backs) at 6:35 PM. The giveaways continue early in the season with First Choice Home Medical 2012 Magnet Schedules on April 20, and Print Media Team Posters on April 22. The Hot Rods will be giving away Great Clips Rays Prospects Card Strips on June 1 and Drawstring Backpacks on August 24.
Hot Rods fans can celebrate their first Major Leaguer on July 20 when a limited edition Matt Moore Bobblehead will be given out at the gates to fans. Moore made his Major League debut on September 14, 2011 for the Rays at Baltimore’s Camden Yards and also becomes the first Hot Rod alumnus to have his likeness formed into that of a bobblehead doll.
Yearly staples like fireworks, Christian Family Radio’s Faith and Family Nights, and Feed Your Face Nights highlight the events returning in 2012. The Hot Rods will host the most extensive fireworks schedule in franchise history with fifteen post-game pyrotechnic displays this season, including twelve Saturdays. Candlewood Suites and WBKO will host five nights to comprise their Fantastic Fireworks Series, Camping World Night will feature a post-game fireworks show on Saturday, May 12, H&R Agri-Power will follow their July 21 Agriculture Night with a fireworks show, and the Hot Rods will hold back-to-back Fourth of July Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganzas on July 2-3.
Two national performance acts will grace Bowling Green Ballpark’s presence in 2012 as well. On May 31, the Hot Rods will welcome Breakin’ BBoy McCoy to entertain the masses on Meyer Mortgage Company’s Educator Appreciation Night. The Russian Bar Trio, of “America’s Got Talent” fame, will visit Hot Rods fans on August 3.
Single-game tickets for the 2012 season are already being sold at bghotrods.com and at the Hot Rods Ticket Office (300 8th Avenue). Fans that want to purchase a Mini Plan(s) or Full, Half, or Quarter Season Ticket Package(s) can still take advantage of receiving a ticket to Opening Night with their plan, as well as a free hot dog at each game and a $10 gift card to a local business. Single-game tickets, plans, and packages can also be purchased by calling 270-901-2121.