PRESS RELEASE – Fans who make their way to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium during the summer of 2015 should be able to notice a celebratory theme in the promotions and events the Wichita Wingnuts have scheduled. Whether the organization is recognizing the 2014 championship team, welcoming one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history, paying homage to a Hall of Famer, or saluting those who fight for our freedom, celebration will be in the air.
The celebration’s VIP guest list will be headlined by the all-time leader in hits and games played in MLB history. Pete Rose will make an appearance to help coach the Wingnuts on July 19th courtesy of 7 Clans Casinos. Rose will be available for a special 45-minute pre-game meet-and greet with 100 fans. Admission to this opportunity will be part of a $100 package that includes a Wingnuts baseball signed by Rose, photo opportunities, and a ticket to the game. The man affectionately referred to as Charlie Hustle will also throw out the first pitch and address the crowd before taking on coaching duties for the ball game with Sioux Falls.
Saturday, May 30th is sure to be a party, as the team will hand out replica American Association Championship rings, also courtesy of 7 Clans Casinos, to the first 1,000 fans through the gates. The festivities will continue as members of the 2014 team will be presented with their jewelry in a pre-game ceremony. Finally, the championship banner will be raised above the field by General Manager Josh Robertson and Field Manager Kevin Hooper.
The following day, May 31st, TeenView Magazine will attempt to set the world record for the largest water balloon fight on the field after the game. All fans will be encouraged to stick around after the game to take part in the fun.
2004 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Sgt. Slaughter will make a grand entrance at the ballgame on Saturday, June 13th thanks to Convergys. Adorned in his customary camouflage, the wrestler will sign autographs, toss out the first pitch, and interact with fans while the team attempts to put the Lincoln Saltdogs in the Cobra Clutch.
June 26th will feature the most meaningful celebration of the whole season. The largest fireworks show of the year will take place on the last Friday home game before Independence Day as part of the Wingnuts’ annual Salute to America’s Heroes by KAKEland and Kansas One Call.
The very next night will feature a familiar face from another baseball team that has plenty of reason to rejoice. Sluggerrr, the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals mascot, will make the voyage a tad west of his normal digs to hang out with Nuts fans as the team hopes to prey on the Joplin Blasters.
Even though the Wingnuts are on the road, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will be part of the Wichita Parks Foundation’s July 4th event this summer. At 6:30 p.m. the Puerto Rico National Team will take on the US9 Armed Forces baseball team on the home turf of the Nuts. The game will be part of team Puerto Rico’s tour of the country leading up to their appearance in the National Baseball Congress Tournament. Tickets will be general admission and cost $7.
The most jam-packed evening is slated for July 10th with our partners, Pixius Communications and the National Wild Turkey Federation. The first item on the agenda is the annual Teddy Bear Toss, where fans bring stuffed animals and throw them on the field when the Wingnuts score their first run. The animals are collected and delivered to children in local hospitals by the team. The players will also be wearing special camouflage jerseys which will be auctioned off following a fireworks display at the conclusion of the game.
Dog lovers will definitely want to circle Saturday, August 9th on their calendars. The Wingnuts will give fans a chance to watch the boys try to fetch a win with their canine friends on Bark in the Park Day presented by Newman University.
The Nuts will honor the longest-tenured player in team history on Saturday, August 22nd with a giveaway that will have you shaking with anticipation. Left-handed pitcher Anthony Capra is the first player to suit up for more than three years with the club and he will receive the ultimate honor, a miniature likeness of himself. Most teams would go the traditional route and create a bobble head, but the Nuts have gone one step further. Thanks to R.A. Ruud and Son the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive an Anthony Capra Bobble Butt. This collectible will resemble a traditional bobble head until you turn it around and give it a wiggle.
Other giveaways slated for 2015 include: magnet schedules (May 26th), championship pennants (May 29th), Wingnuts camo hats (July 11th), and Wingnuts youth jerseys (September 5th).
Aside from the aforementioned events, the Wingnuts will bring exciting daily promotions as well. Mondays are once again Kwik Shop Dollar Days. Tuesdays will feature buy-in nights, where tickets can be found at local businesses for free, or two-for-one reserved ticket deals. Way-Back Wednesdays will return to the docket, this year beginning in the 90’s and moving as far back in time as the 50’s. Ticket prices for those games will reflect pricing from the era being celebrated. New to Thursday is Shiner Bock beer for a buck and dollar ribs. Friday nights will feature select giveaways and conclude with a fireworks show. Entertainment acts, post-game autograph sessions, and giveaways headline Saturday nights and the weekend concludes with Family Funday on Sunday. Following these afternoon games fans will be invited onto the field for a game of catch.
The complete 2015 promotional schedule can be viewed at the following link http://wichitawingnuts.com/promotions.html For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts’ main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts’ official website at http://www.wichitawingnuts.com.