PRESS RELEASE – Asheville Tourists president Brian DeWine, in conjunction with South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa, announced today that Asheville’s McCormick Field will serve as the site of the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, slated to be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring one of the premier events in Minor League Baseball to Asheville and to historic McCormick Field,” DeWine said. “This announcement is the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people, including Ingles, which will be the Presenting Sponsor. Most of all I would like to thank our great fans and our tremendous city for their commitment to the Tourists and our ballpark. Without them, we would not be able to bring this great game to Western North Carolina.”
“Ingles is pleased to be the presenting sponsor for next year’s All-Star Game right here in our hometown. We’ve got a whole year to come up with some great promotions for baseball fans and our customers, and we promise you won’t be disappointed. It will be an event to remember – great baseball and lots of fun brought to you by the Tourists, the City of Asheville, and by Ingles,” said Ingles Chief Financial Officer Ron Freeman.
The 2015 SAL All-Star Game will mark the 56th consecutive season the Class A circuit has held a mid-season contest featuring the league’s best players. Asheville and McCormick Field previously hosted the game in 1961, 1977, and 1996. Over the years many future stars have participated in the game, including Hall of Famers Steve Carlton, Tom Glavine, Nolan Ryan and Ryne Sandberg as well as such current major league standouts as Josh Hamilton, Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter.
“The South Atlantic League is looking forward to returning to Asheville for our All-Star Game in 2015. The most talented players in the league will showcase their talents while the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and McCormick Field will provide a wonderful backdrop for the fans, ” Krupa said. “With all of the activities that are being planned, I am confident that Brian DeWine, Larry Hawkins and the entire Tourists’ staff will work hard to create more fans of Asheville and the Tourists.”
In addition to the announcement of the game coming to McCormick Field, DeWine and the Tourists also released the official 2015 SAL All-Star Game logo, which was created by Twang Creative of Asheville (www.twangcreative.com).
Tickets for the game, as well as other events surrounding the 2015 SAL All-Star Game Presented by Ingles, will be announced by the Tourists this fall. The two day festivities will include a Home Run Derby, SAL Hall of Fame Luncheon and other events. The game traditionally has a strong economic impact on the area, with front office representatives, players and fans from all 14 league teams spending on average three days in the host city.
The Tourists open the second half of the 2014 season at Augusta on Thursday, June 19, before returning home to McCormick Field on Monday, June 23, to begin an eight-game homestand divided with four contests against both the Greenville Drive and the Greensboro Grasshoppers. For additional information, contact the Tourists’ front office at (828) 258-0428.