PRESS RELEASE – “Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd!” Never has a song been so connected with the great game that it represents and in 2016 Saints fans will be taken out with the crowd and much, much more.
Whether it’s the “crowd”, the “food,” the “beer,” the “team,” the “fireworks” or the “All Stars” that resonates, when fans step foot into CHS Field they can count on the Saints to “Take Me Out with the Fun!” with the team’s 2016 promotions schedule.
The promotions schedule is once again filled with giveaway items as the Saints roll out 11 different opportunities for fans to walk home with a unique item in 2016.
There is no reason to get upset as we try to help our fine feathered friends. We will strap on a football helmet for our Angry Bird giveaway, presented by Walser, as the first 1,500 fans on May 28 will receive these stress ball style giveaways. We promote the safety of birds just in case they should run into any unforeseen clear, hard stadiums.
Don’t flip the bat! Don’t round the bases too slowly! Don’t watch the ball leave the park! Don’t celebrate too much! Baseball has hundreds of unwritten rules and these are just a few that pertain to home runs. If they’re unwritten, how is one to know what they are? On July 6, the Saints hope to clear things up with their Unwritten Rule Book giveaway to the first 1,500 fans.
You don’t need to register for our election to choose the next President of the United States. While many of us wish the candidates would stop talking, we’ve found a way to mute the noise. On August 24 the first official presidential polling will take place on Bobblection Night. The first 1,500 fans that enter the gates will choose either the Democrat or Republican nominee; the first bobblehead that runs out will be declared the winner. All the Goldklang Group teams (Hudson Valley Renegades, Charleston RiverDogs and Pittsfield Suns), along with various American Association teams, will take part in the promotion as the results will be tabulated from these ballparks during the week giving America their first polls of the 2016 election.
Ever been stuck in the car with your friend who insists on blasting Nickelback? If you have, first get rid of that friend, we will make it worth your while to listen to them all night long. On August 31, we’re going to be that annoying friend with a night full of Nickelback music. You don’t Gotta Be Somebody, but If Everyone Cared then fans will show up for this one night and we promise to Never Again play Nickelback the rest of the season. They may not be a Rockstar, but fans who survive an entire game of Nickelback will receive a nickel back upon exiting CHS Field.
Giveaways are fantastic objects that fans can display at home or the office, but there is nothing better than the occasional celebrity sighting at the ballpark. While the Saints once again celebrate the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame induction on August 12, two of the most recognizable Hall of Famers to be enshrined in Cooperstown, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor, will be honored at CHS Field on August 11 in a special night presented by Killebrew Root Beer. The two iconic ballplayers will be on hand for this extraordinary ceremony as we celebrate the story of two boys from the same St. Paul neighborhood, developing their skills under the same coaches, on the same ball fields as both went on to achieve the pinnacle in their sport.
It’s not quite a celebrity at CHS Field, but Adele will be a mere mile away on July 5 as she performs at the Xcel Energy Center. We’re sure it will be a great show, and it sold out in 2.4 seconds, but we’ve got our own Adele concert that same night. Our very own Seigo Masubuchi will perform the hottest selling artist’s songs during the evening. This might be the only way to top an Adele concert.
There will be celebrities all over the field during All-Star Monday, on August 1, with a celebrity softball game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The league’s best will descend upon CHS Field for two days worth of festivities and following the softball game is the Home Run Derby presented by Select Heartland Chevrolet Dealers. The night will conclude with a musical act to get fans ready for the CHS All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m.
Celebrity sightings leave the most ardent of fans screaming at the top of their lungs, but the Saints plan on leaving fans out of breath with one of the more unique attempts at a Guinness Book of World Record on July 12 with Squat-A-Lot-A-Thon presented by Twin Cities Orthopedics. Last season the Saints set the Guinness Book of World Record for largest pillow fight and they aim to etch their name into the book once again with the most people performing squats for 60-seconds in a venue. The current record is 330 people set by the International Kettle Bell Sports Federation in Belarus and the Institute of Management.
The Saints will also bring back fan favorites from season’s past with Star Wars Night presented by Pizza Ranch on May 21. Fans purchasing a special Saints ticket package by going to saintsgroups.com and entering the code “starwars2016” will receive an outfield reserved seat, a lightsaber and Jedi Training all for $20. Dog Day, presented by Chuck & Don’s on May 22, will leave our four-legged friends howling. Larry Doby Night, presented by MidWestOne Bank, on July 13 honors the first African American ballplayer in the American League. Make sure to dress in green for the always entertaining St. Patrick’s Day in July, on July 14.
There are three weekday afternoon games on June 29, at 1:05 p.m., July 27, at 1:05 p.m. and a 12:05 p.m. YMCA day on August 23.
The daily promotions offer something for everyone in the family. The week will start with a little variety on Metropolitan State University Variety Show Monday. One special emcee guest, from Mayor Chris Coleman to comedienne Liz Winstead, along with a musical act, from Har Mar Superstar to Gramma’s Boyfriend, will entertain the crowd. Amazing food specials will whet your palate on Mississippi Market Tasty Tuesday. Walser Wednesday’s are back for the craziest tailgate party of the year with free hot dogs. Quench your thirst with a Saints staple, Thirsty Thursday, with $1 select beers all night long. Friday Night Fireworks presented by Xcel Energy is back by popular demand. It’s time to get a little tropical on Treasure Island Saturday. The family friendly atmosphere wraps up with Family Sunday’s where kids run the bases and get team autographs following the game.
Along with the eight Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks games there are four additional Fireworks Supershows. On Sunday, May 29, following the 5:05 p.m. game, there will be a Monster Food Truck Rally with a Post-Game SPIREworks Super Show. The Independence Day Celebration will take place on Monday, July 4 with a 6:05 p.m. start time. The American Association All-Star Game at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 will be followed by a Fireworks Supershow. The final Fireworks Supershow is on Sunday, September 4 at 5:05 p.m. with Fan Appreciation Night and a post-game Monster Food Truck Rally. Each of the Friday Night shows will once again be accompanied by a musical theme: May 20 (David Bowie), May 27 (Commercial Jingles), June 24 (Queen), July 15 (Beach Boys), July 22 (Total Request Live), August 5 (Go For The Gold), August 12 (Video Games) and September 2 (Grunge).
For the entire 2016 promotions schedule visit saintsbaseball.com click on the “schedule” tab at the top and then the “2016 Promo Schedule” on the page.
Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value. Tickets begin at $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for bleacher seats, $12 for the drink rail, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for infield reserved and $18 for home plate reserved. Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket. The American Association All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 2 with Post-Game Fireworks Supershow and Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (May 29, July 4 and September 4) are an additional $3 per ticket. Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket. Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don’t require a seat are free.
Saints Box Office hours on non-game days are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. On game days, the Box Office will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and will remain open until 15 minutes following each game. Tickets are always available at saintsbaseball.com.
The Saints open the 2016 season on Thursday, May 19 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Gary SouthShore Railcats. For more information contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.