PRESS RELEASE – The Rockland Boulders released their partial promotional schedule for the upcoming 2015 season this afternoon. A total of 54 home games will be played on 53 days with entertainment ranging from the Phillie Phanatic to Midget Wrestling and Mad Chad Taylor’s chainsaw juggling act!
Along with these new additions to Provident Bank Park, fan-favorites such as “Irish Heritage Day”, “Military Appreciation Night” and “Disco Night” will all return to the Lower Hudson Valley as the Boulders look to repeat as Can-Am League Champions.
”We are booking championship entertainment to go along with our championship team,” said Ken Lehner, President. “We are going to run the gamut from crazy to zany and everything in between when it comes to entertaining our fans this summer.”
Rockland’s “Bould Defense” begins on Thursday, May 21 with the start of “Championship Weekend,” a celebration of the franchise’s first ever league title. Opening Night will feature a special pre-game ceremony during which members of the 2014 Rockland Boulders will return to receive their Championship Rings, as well as, unveil the Championship banner before taking on Trois-Rivieres. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive 2015 magnet schedules, courtesy of Sterling National Bank.
That night also marks the first of 10 “Thirsty Thursdays” over the course of the summer. Along with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, fans who show proper ID will be able to purchase a special $3 Mystery Craft Beer in the Boulders Brew Pub. Each Thursday home game will feature a different mystery craft beer for fans to enjoy. Thursday nights will also feature live post-game acoustic performances outside the Brew Pub.
Friday, May 22 continues the Championship celebration as the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive commemorative 2014 Championship magnets. On Saturday, May 23, the Rockland Boulders will welcome a special guest to the ballpark for the first time in the form of the world famous Phillie Phanatic! The first 1,000 fans in attendance will also get 2014 Championship t-shirts. Saturday is also the first of eight “Baseball Bingo” Nights, presented by DeCicco Family Markets.
“Pups in the Park” returns on Sunday, May 24 with 1,000 dog bandanas being given out, courtesy of the Duke of Oil & Tune. Sunday will also see the return of the ever popular “Kids Run the Bases” after the game.
On Memorial Day, May 25, the Boulders welcome in league newcomer Ottawa for “Let’s Play Two Day.” This special scheduled doubleheader will begin at 1:00 pm and feature a pie eating contest between games. Mondays during the 2015 season are also “Kids Eat Free” day for members of the Rockland Boulders Kids Club. To join the Kids Club register at http://www.rocklandboulders.com
For the third consecutive year, “Western Weekend” comes to Provident Bank Park June 5-7 as the Boulders host the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association. This country-fried weekend will include a foam cowboy hat giveaway (June 5), a Dave & Buster’s mini-bat giveaway (June 6), as well as a cow pie tossing contest.
Rockland will welcome the Shikoku Island League All-Stars to the Lower Hudson Valley June 18-21 as part of “Far Eastern Weekend.” The weekend will pay tribute to our Japanese visitors and feature Teacher Appreciation Night, presented by Ramapo College of New Jersey, on June 18, Bergen Boulders Day on June 19, and BoulderBird’s 5th Birthday on June 20. That Saturday night will also include live midget wrestling after the game featuring Lil Kato. As it has each year, Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 21st will feature a special post-game catch with Dad on the field.
The Fourth of July weekend celebration will once again be a staple of the summer and feature a 3-D Fireworks Extravaganza courtesy of Ramsey Automobile Group on Friday, July 3 while Saturday, July 4 will have the 5th annual coin giveaway, courtesy of Clarkstown Coin & Jewelry, in addition to the Boulders annual hot dog eating contest during the game against the Garden State Grays.
Friday, July 10 is “Military Appreciation Night,” including a Rockland Boulders camo cap giveaway. All current and former military members will receive special discounts as the Boulders honor those who have and continue to serve in the armed forces.
On Saturday, July 11, the Boulders will host their annual “Pink in the Park” game where players will wear special pink jerseys. Last season the Boulders set an all time individual game attendance record as 6,329 attended to show their support for this cause. Fans will have a chance to receive exclusive pink t-shirts and an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual Diamond Dig, sponsored by Clarkstown Coin & Jewelry.
For the first time in six years, professional baseball returns to historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, when the Boulders host the New Jersey Jackals at 2:00 p.m. on July 17 in the first ever “Can-Am Cooperstown Classic.” All season ticket holders and corporate partners will be invited as special guests of the Boulders with fans having the chance to receive complimentary tickets from the team website at a later date.
The 5th Annual Irish Heritage Day, presented by Austin’s Ale House, returns to Provident Bank Park on Saturday, July 25 with gates opening at 3:30 pm. Pre-game festivities will include live music with performances by Bangers and Mash plus U2 Nation, while Rockland tangles with Fargo-Moorhead.
August 1 marks the return of “Disco Seth” as the Voice of the Boulders once again struts his stuff in a leisure suit as the Boulders host their 2nd Annual Disco Night, including pink disco wig giveaways to the first 1,000 fans in attendance.
Other key August promotions include Thursday, August 6, which is “Ladies Night” at the ballpark with drink specials available for female fans.
Two weeks later, on August 20, the Boulders will host “Cave Man” night with 1,000 HealthSav Koozies being handed out prior to the game. “80s Night” comes back on August 21 with The Ronald Reagans performing after the game.
Saturday, August 22 is “Carnival Night” at the ballpark, headlined by Mad Chad Taylor. Known as the Evil Knievel of comedy, Taylor has been featured in a Progressive Insurance commercial, and the Guinness World Record holder will bring his chainsaw juggling act to Provident Bank Park both prior to and during the game.
Along with special theme nights, the Boulders will host recurring promotions throughout the year. Each and every Sunday game will be followed by “Kids Run the Bases.” Monday night games will also be “Kids Eat Free” days for all members of the Rockland Boulders kids club, while Thursdays are for adults as Thirsty Thursdays feature $1 domestic beers and $3 mystery craft beers. Plus, live music is featured post game on almost every Friday and Saturday night on the Sani Professional Stage.
Other promotional theme nights fans can expect to see in 2015 include the annual “Christmas in July” game, decorated by Christmas Decor (July 24), “Fan Fiction Night” and “811 Dig Day” (July 31), “Middle Child Appreciation Night” (August 19), Beach Day (August 23), the 3rd annual “Cheapskate Night” (September 1) and finally Fan Appreciation Day (September 4). Below is the 2015 partial promotional schedule, including performers and theme nights. Additional performances, theme nights and giveaways will be announced at a later date with each being subject to change.
2015 Rockland Boulders Promotional Schedule (subject to change)
Thursday, May 21 – Opening Night! Pre-Game Ring Ceremony; 1,000 Magnet Schedule Giveaway, courtesy of Sterling National Bank; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, May 22 – 1,000 Championship Logo Magnet Giveaway; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, May 23 – Special Guest the Phillie Phanatic; 1,000 “Bould in Blue” t-shirt Giveaway; Bingo Night, presented by DeCicco Family Markets; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, May 24 – Pups in the Park; 1,000 Dog Bandana Giveaway, courtesy of the Duke of Oil & Tune; Kids Run the Bases
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Doubleheader; “Let’s Play Two” Day; WHUD Kids Day; Kids Eat Free; Pie eating/smashing contest between games
Wednesday, May 27 – Anti-Bullying Day sponsored by New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan; Special Guest Talina
Thursday, May 28 – EMS Awareness Night; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, June 5 – Western Weekend; 1,000 Foam Cowboy Hat Giveaway; Scholastic Book Fair; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, June 6 – Western Weekend; 1,500 Mini Bat Giveaway, courtesy of Dave & Buster’s; Cow Pie Throwing Contest; Win a Cactus; Scholastic Book Fair; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, June 7 – Western Weekend; Pups in the Park; Kids Club Day; Kids Run the Bases; Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, June 9 – Anti-Bullying Day sponsored by New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan; Special Guest Talina
Wednesday, June 10 – ALS Awareness Night
Thursday, June 18 – Far Eastern Weekend; Teacher Appreciation Day, presented by Ramapo College of New Jersey; Thirsty Thursday
Friday, June 19 – Far Eastern Weekend; Bergen Boulders Day; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, June 20 – Far Eastern Weekend; BoulderBird’s 5th Birthday; Midget Wrestling featuring Lil Kato; Boy Scout Sleepover; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day; Prostate Cancer Awareness Day; Pups in the Park; Kids Run the Bases; Post-Game Catch
Monday, June 22 – Kids Eat Free
Tuesday, June 23 – Bingo Night
Monday, June 29 – Kids Eat Free
Tuesday, June 30 – Opposite Day; Bingo Night; BBQ Eating Contest
Friday, July 3 – 3-D Glasses Giveaway, sponsored by Ramsey Auto Group; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, July 4 – 5th Annual Coin Giveaway, courtesy of Clarkstown Coin & Jewelry to first 1,250 fans; Hot Dog Eating Contest; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 10 – Military Appreciation Night; 1,500 Camo Cap Giveaway; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, July 11 – Pink in the Park; Pink T-Shirt Giveaway; 4th annual Diamond Dig, presented by Clarkstown Coin & Jewelry; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, July 12 – Pups in the Park; Kids Run the Bases
Tuesday, July 14 – Camp Day, sponsored by New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan
Thursday, July 16 – “You-Two” Night; U2 Ticket Giveaway; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 17 – “Can-Am Cooperstown Classic”
Wednesday, July 22 – Camp Day, sponsored by New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan
Thursday, July 23 – “Throwback Thursday”; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 24 – Christmas in July, decorated by Christmas Decor; Bingo Night; Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, July 25 – Irish Heritage Day, sponsored by Austin’s Ale House; Gates Open at 3:30pm; Fireworks Extravaganza; U2 Nation performs
Tuesday, July 28 – Camp Day, sponsored by New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan
Thursday, July 30 – Halloween Night; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 31 – Fan Fiction Night; 811 Dig Day; Fireworks Extravaganza; DOBLER Band Performs
Saturday, August 1 – Disco Night; 1,000 Wig Giveaway; Fireworks Extravaganza
Wednesday, August 5 – Italian Heritage Night
Thursday, August 6 – Ladies Night; Thirsty Thursday; Bingo Night, presented by DeCicco Family Markets; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, August 7 – Girl Scout Sleepover; Fireworks Extravaganza
Tuesday, August 18 – Welcome Back Night; Bingo Night, presented by DeCicco Family Markets
Wednesday, August 19 – Middle Child Appreciation Night
Thursday, August 20 – Cave Man Night; 1,000 HealthSav Koozie Giveaway; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, August 21 – ‘80s Night; Scholastic Book Fair; Fireworks Extravaganza; The Ronald Reagans Perform
Saturday, August 22 – Carnival Night; Mad Chad Taylor Performs; Scholastic Book Fair; 1,000 Gold Fish Giveaway; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, August 23 – Beach Day; Pups in the Park; Scholastic Book Fair; Kids Run the Bases
Thursday, August 27 – Stop-DWI Night; Boulders Folders Giveaway, courtesy of Stop-DWI; Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Sunday, August 30 – “Ode” to the In-Laws Night; Bingo Night, presented by DeCicco Family Markets; Pups in the Park; Kids Run the Bases
Tuesday, September 1 – 3rd Annual Cheapskate Night; Team Photo Giveaway; Bingo Night, presented by DeCicco Family Markets
Wednesday, September 2 – Back to School Night
Thursday, September 3 – Thirsty Thursday; Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, September 4 – Fan Appreciation Day; Fireworks Extravaganza; DOBLER Band Performs
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Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.