PRESS RELEASE – Fresh off of a season in which the Potomac Nationals garnered the Carolina League’s Marketing & Promotional Excellence Award, the P-Nats have once again upped the ante with a 2018 promotional schedule which will take Red, White, and Blue entertainment to new heights!
The P-Nats’ 2018 promo slate features one-of-a-kind premium promotions including eight bobblehead giveaways, show-stopping celebrity appearances amidst the 2018 Legends Autograph Series, creative theme nights, special events, on-field, game-used, autographed theme jersey auctions, and so much more to make up the best promotional schedule in all of Minor League Baseball.
In 2018, Pfitzner Stadium, the top family-friendly affordable entertainment venue in the Northern Virginia region, will host an expansive ledger of unique promos courtesy of P-Nats Baseball.
Showcased will be the best bobblehead lineup in all of professional baseball, never-before-seen custom theme jerseys, and larger-than-life theme nights and special events to complement 16 fireworks shows that will light up the entire Woodbridge night sky.
The P-Nats’ 2018 promotional schedule will set the bar for pinnacle Minor League Baseball originality and entertainment.
On tap for 2018 is a star-studded lineup of six celebrity autograph/meet-and-greet appearance dates, additional premium giveaway items, and comprehensive motion picture anniversaries to honor the openings of Bull Durham (1988), The Sandlot (1993), Grease (1978), Jurassic Park (1993), Coneheads (1993), and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) plus Kentucky Derby Day, Stranger Things Night, Art in the Park Night, Cosmo Kramer Appreciation Night, four Scout Nights, the biggest and best Fourth of July Extravaganza in Northern Virginia, and many more first-class promotional concepts only found at The Pfitz.
“Each off-season, the Potomac Nationals’ front office staff collectively strives to outdo ourselves with respect to what we feel is one of the most innovative and creative promotional schedules in all of Minor League Baseball,” said Potomac Nationals General Manager of Sales, Bryan Holland.
“We feel extremely confident that we have accomplished our mission of setting the promo slate bar as high as it’s ever been as a franchise with regards to the P-Nats’ 2018 promotional schedule. If you feel different, perhaps you should check your pulse,” said Holland.
“I can’t wait for P-Nats fans to bask in the best promo schedule in the history of Potomac Baseball during the 2018 season, and we can’t thank The Red, White, and Blue faithful enough for their invaluable support of our wholesome, family-friendly, affordable professional baseball entertainment product at Pfitzner Stadium,” said Holland.
Every Saturday night (11 games) at Pfitzner Stadium will feature a post-game fireworks show, while four select Friday evenings (May 25th, June 15th, July 27th, and August 24th) and the Fourth of July will also summon a fireworks show after the game.
After a terrific trio of celebrity appearances at The Pfitz in 2017, the P-Nats have doubled the chance for fans to meet celebs from the sports, television, and film landscapes in 2018 as part of the P-Nats’ 2018 Legends Autograph Series. All celebrity autograph signings at Pfitzner Stadium are free to fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Celebrity autograph lines will begin as soon as the gates are open at The Pfitz on the select game dates.
The P-Nats’ 2018 Legends Autograph Series will include the following celebrity appearances at The Pfitz:
Saturday, 6/23: Robert Wuhl “Durham Bulls Pitching Coach, Larry Hockett” as part of Bull Durham 30th Anniversary Night
Saturday, 8/4: Chauncey Leopardi “Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous” during The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night
Sunday, 8/5: To-Be-Announced Potomac Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee on PBHOF Induction Day
Friday, 8/24: WWE Legends, Jerry “The King” Lawler (WWE Hall of Famer) & Grand Master Sexay (AKA Brian Christopher) amidst “A Royal Night with The King”
-A To-Be-Announced Motion Picture Star (TBA date)
-Two (2) former To-Be-Announced standout Washington Bullets and/or Washington Wizards National Basketball Association Stars (TBA date)
Season after season, the P-Nats’ bobblehead and statue giveaway lineup has outdone itself each year, and 2018 will be no different.
The most creative bobblehead giveaway roster in pro baseball will consist of eight bobblehead/statue giveaways throughout the 2018 campaign. All bobbleheads and the club’s one statue giveaway will be available to the first 1,250 fans through the gates into Pfitzner Stadium.
Here is the much anticipated 2018 Potomac Nationals Bobblehead Giveaway Lineup:
Saturday, 5/5: Stephen Strasburg Kentucky Derby Day Jockey Bobblehead
Saturday, 5/26: Trea Turner Road Runner Bobblehead
Saturday, 6/23: Victor Robles “Rob Job” Bobblehead
Saturday, 7/7: Uncle Slam Paint-Your-Own Bobblehead
Saturday, 7/14: Michael A. Tater (Taylor) Statue
Saturday, 7/28: Bryce Harper “Real Slicked Back Hair” Bobblehead
Saturday, 8/4: Squints (Chauncey Leopardi) Bobblehead
Saturday, 8/25: 2018 P-Nats Fans’ Choice Bobblehead presented by Loyal Hygiene Solutions (TBA bobblehead concept will be chosen by P-Nats fans during Fans’ Choice Bobblehead voting in January of 2018)
In keeping with recent club tradition, all 2018 P-Nats mini plan, half-season, and full-season ticket holders are eligible to take home the 2018 Potomac Nationals Season Ticket Holder Gift, which will honor a past Potomac Baseball franchise legend.*
In 2018, season ticket and mini plan holders will receive an Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Bobblehead.
Rodriguez is the only player in Potomac Baseball franchise history who after donning The Red, White, and Blue, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
*NOTE: Flash-Sale ticket plans are not eligible for the 2018 STH Bobblehead
In addition to a packed card of bobbleheads, the P-Nats’ faithful will also have the opportunity to receive many other premium giveaway items throughout the Potomac Nationals’ 2018 season at The Pfitz including:
Thursday, 4/5: (P-Nats Opening Day 2018), Friday 4/6, Saturday 4/7, & Sunday 4/8: 2018 P-Nats 2018 Magnet Schedule
Saturday, 4/21: Carolina League Legends Card Set (First 1,000 fans)
Sunday, 5/6: Victor Robles “Little League” T-Shirt (TBA count)
Sunday, 6/17 (Father’s Day): Trea Turner Signature Oven Mitt (First 500 fans)
Wednesday, 7/4 (Independence Day): Mini American Flag (TBA count)
Friday, 7/27: Anthony Rendon Hat Hair (First 1,000 fans)
Sunday, 8/5: Potomac Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee-Themed Giveaway (TBA count)
8/26: Second-Half P-Nats Team Photo (First 1,000 fans)
-P-Nats Custom Toothbrush Holder Giveaway (TBA date; TBA count)
Custom theme jerseys will accompany nearly every premium theme night during the 2018 season for the P-Nats. These game-used, on-field jerseys will be autographed by P-Nats players and coaches, and respectively put to silent auction during the specified game, with the proceeds to benefit select non-profit organizations or the P-Nats Charities initiative. Throughout the season, these jerseys are sure to wow P-Nats fans and are a great way for corporate partners to give back to local charities and other non-profits while allowing fans the opportunity to bring home a piece of P-Nats history. On-field, game-used, to-be-autographed Theme Jerseys in 2018 will include:
Saturday, 5/5: Kentucky Derby Day Jerseys
Sunday, 5/27: Autism Awareness Day Jerseys (to benefit: Autism Speaks)
Friday, 6/15: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Night Jerseys
Friday, 6/22: Stranger Things Night Jerseys
Sunday, 6/24: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 35th Anniversary Day Jerseys (to benefit: Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic)
Saturday, 7/7: Art in the Park Night Jerseys
Saturday, 7/28: Grease 40th Anniversary Night Jerseys (to benefit: The National Kidney Foundation)
Saturday, 8/4: The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night Jerseys
Throughout the season, the P-Nats will don special Military Appreciation Jerseys on select Sundays, Memorial Day Monday, 5/28, and Independence Day on Wednesday, 7/4.
A four-pack of Scout Nights in 2018 will allow Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to engage in pre-game festivities to include an on-field parade, enjoy a P-Nats game, and have the opportunity to catch post-game fireworks and camp out on the field at The Pfitz. Scout campers will enjoy a movie on the big screen outfield video board before they fall asleep under the stars. Scout Night dates in 2018 are: Saturday, June 23rd, Saturday, July 14th, Saturday, July 28th, and Saturday, August 4th.
The 2018 season will bring with it another rendition of Uncle Slam’s Reading Program, the P-Nats hallmark, long-running community relations initiative program. School kids from around the Northern Virginia region are encouraged by Uncle Slam, the P-Nats’ official mascot, to read books before P-Nats Opening Day 2018 on Thursday, April 5th, and as a reward, Uncle Slam invites those children to come out to a P-Nats game in 2018 for free! Uncle Slam’s Reading Program participants may redeem their bookmarks as a school before four (4) select Reading Program dates, all of which are paired with a special theme, including:
Sunday, 4/22: Harry Potter Day
Sunday, 5/6: Superhero Day
Sunday, 5/27: Dr. Seuss Day
Friday, 6/15: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Night
Over the course of the season, the P-Nats will host three special day care/summer camp gamedays. On Monday, July 16th, Thursday, August 9th, and Thursday, August 16th, first pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm to accommodate local day care and summer camp kids who will head out to The Pfitz for “Splash Day,” with water balloons and squirt guns in tow all game long!
For 2018, the P-Nats will host five special themed picnics, which can each be purchased as part of a loaded ticket. These loaded tickets will include a ticket to the game and to the pre-game all-you-can-eat picnic.
This season, those picnics include:
Sunday, 6/17: Father’s Day Picnic
Wednesday, 7/4: Food, Fireworks, & Fun
Wing Fling: TBA Date
Best Slice (of Pizza) in Town: TBA Date
BBQ Cook-Out: TBA Date
As part of the season-long “Famous Fridays” promotion, each Friday will feature a look at famous faces from professional sports, motion pictures, television, and other famous items from years past. Kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after every Famous Friday!
The 10 Prime Famous Fridays on the P-Nats’ 2018 docket include:
4/20: Salute to Jorts Night & Kickoff to Earth Day
5/4: May the 4th Be With You: A Nod to the Star Wars Franchise
5/25: (Just Past) Halfway to Halloween with Trick-or-Treating at The Pfitz, Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Night, Post-Game Fireworks
6/15: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Night, Jurassic Park Theme Jerseys, Uncle Slam’s Reading Program Night, Post-Game Fireworks
6/22: Stranger Things Night, Stranger Things Theme Jerseys
7/6: Cool Runnings 25th Anniversary Night, Virginia Tech Hokies Pride Night with discounts for current VT students or VT alumni
7/13: Cosmo Kramer Appreciation Night
7/27: Start to Wild Hair Weekend, Anthony Rendon Hat Hair Giveaway
8/3: Coneheads 25th Anniversary Night, George Mason Pride Night with discounts for current GMU Students and GMU alumni
8/24: WWE Legends Night: “A Royal Night with the King” featuring Jerry “The King” Lawler and Grand Master Sexay Meet-and-Greet & Autograph Signing
Super Saturdays scheduled for 2018 include:
4/7: 2018 P-Nats Magnet Schedule Giveaway
4/21: Carolina League Legends Card Set Giveaway
5/5: Kentucky Derby Day Celebration, Cinco de Mayo with drink specials, Stephen Strasburg Kentucky Derby Day Jockey Bobblehead Giveaway, Kentucky Derby Day Theme Jerseys
5/26: The Need for Speed Night, Trea Turner Road Runner Bobblehead Giveaway
6/16: Military Appreciation Night with a Camo Koozie Giveaway
6/23: Bull Durham 30th Anniversary Night, Robert Wuhl Celebrity Meet & Greet/Autograph Signing, Victor Robles “Rob Job” Bobblehead Giveaway, Scout Night
7/7: Art in the Park Night, Uncle Slam Paint-Your-Own Bobblehead Giveaway, Art in the Park Theme Jerseys
7/14: Ode to the Potato Night, Michael A. Tater (Taylor) Statue Giveaway, Scout Night
7/28: Grease 40th Anniversary Night, Bryce Harper Real Slicked Back Hair Bobblehead Giveaway, Grease Theme Jerseys, Scout Night
8/4: The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night, Chauncey Leopardi (Michael “Squints” Palledorous) Celebrity Meet-and-Greet & Autograph Signing, Squints Bobblehead Giveaway, The Sandlot 25th Anniversary Theme Jerseys, Scout Night
8/25: 2018 P-Nats Fans’ Choice Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Loyal Hygiene Solutions (TBA bobblehead concept based on fan voting campaign)
After a successful full-scale launch of Kids Day Sunday in 2017, they’re back for the 2018 season! Every Sunday home game, Kids Eat Free courtesy of the P-Nats and a TBA sponsor, Virginia529 College Savings Plan presents an in-game kid public address announcer, there will be a face painter on hand, kids can run the bases after the game, there will be post-game select P-Nats player autograph signings, and a special post-game catch on the field for kids and families!
The Ten Prime Kids Day Sundays scheduled for this season include:
4/8: 2018 P-Nats Magnet Schedule Giveaway, Space Day
4/22: 2018 P-Nats First Half Team Photo Giveaway, Pre-Game Team Autograph Signing, Earth Day, Harry Potter Day, Uncle Slam’s Reading Program Ticket Redemption Day
5/6: Superhero Day, Victor Robles “Little League” T-Shirt Giveaway, Uncle Slam’s Reading Program Ticket Redemption Day
5/27: Autism Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Theme Jerseys to Benefit Autism Speaks, Dr. Seuss Day, Uncle Slam’s Reading Program Ticket Redemption Day
6/17: Father’s Day Celebration, Trea Turner Signature Oven Mitt Giveaway, Father’s Day Pre-Game Picnic, Father’s Day Expo
6/24: Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Day, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 35th Anniversary Day, Star Wars Theme Jerseys to Benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
7/15: P-Nats Kids Batting Gloves Giveaway (Kids Only)
7/29: Bark in the Park Day, Famous Hair Day to Conclude Wild Hair Weekend
8/5: Potomac Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Day, TBA Celebrity Meet-and-Greet & Autograph Signing, TBA PBHOF Inductee-themed Giveaway
8/26: Second Half P-Nats Team Photo Giveaway, Pre-Game Team Autograph Signing, 2018 P-Nats Military Appreciation Theme Jersey Auction, Uncle Slam’s Belated Birthday Party
The P-Nats currently have many other exciting events scheduled throughout the season…
Wednesday, 4/11: Prince William County Public Schools’ Middle School Career Day (10:35am Game Time)
Friday, 4/20 to Sunday, 4/22: Public Safety Appreciation Weekend (Discounted tickets provided to EMS, Police Department members, Fire & Rescue Department members, nurses, doctors, & surgeons)
Monday, 5/28: Memorial Day Monday Celebration (1:05pm game time)
Wednesday, 7/4: Independence Day Celebration at The Pfitz, Mini American Flag Giveaway
Sunday, 7/29: Bark in the Park Day
Thursday, 8/30: (Almost) Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day
All TBA Dates
Jimmy Buffett Night
Night at the Roxbury 20th Anniversary Night
Two Recycling Pays Nights
Three Peanut-Free Games sponsored by AUVI-Q
Local High School Fundraiser Nights
Craft Beer Tastings
Health & Wellness Night
Yoga on the Field
HomeAid Northern Virginia Night
Ladies Night/Dating App Night
“Working” Lunch Loaded Ticket Package Games
P-Nats Baseball Camps are back for the 2018 season. There are three camps scheduled, the first for three days, and the latter two camps both for two days.
Three-Day Camp: Tuesday, 7/24, Wednesday, 7/25, & Thursday, 7/26
Two-Day Camp: Tuesday, 8/7 & Wednesday, 8/8
Two-Day Camp: Tuesday, 8/14 & Wednesday, 8/15
In addition to the loaded 2018 promotional schedule, the P-Nats will also offer an array of daily promo specials throughout the 2018 season!
$1 Grandstand Tickets (Walk up & Online) & $1 Hot Dogs sponsored by The Washington Post!
DEUCES WILD TUESDAYS:
$2 Grandstand Tickets (Walk Up & Online), $2 P-Nats Player Performance-Based Concessions Specials, & $2 Wild Card Concessions Specials!
Buy a ticket to a Wednesday P-Nats home game, and if the P-Nats win, you can redeem your ticket for another ticket of equal value for the next Wednesday home game at The Pfitz! Winning Wednesday contests and raffles will provide Nine Innings of Winning throughout each Wednesday home game! Cash Dogs will be available every Winning Wednesday, where fans can find cold hard cash inside random hot dog wrappers courtesy of P-Nats Baseball!
THURSDAY CHEERS & COLLEGE NIGHT PFITZ PARTYS:
$1 Drink Specials, $5 Grandstand Discounted Tickets with Proof of Student ID, Water Pong, Cornhole, and Themed Trivia Tournaments in the Pfitzner Stadium Party Zone!
Famous Fridays at The Pfitz in 2018 will pay tribute to famous faces from the professional sporting, motion picture, and television landscapes. All-time great moments from the annals of sports, film, and TV will be reflected in one-of-a-kind theme nights, premium giveaway items, in-game promotional nods, celebrity appearances, unique contests, theme jersey auctions, and tons of fun on Famous Fridays in ’18!
Fireworks after every P-Nats’ Saturday home game and Premium Giveaways, Theme Nights, Celebrity Appearances, & Special Events on Saturday nights throughout the season!
KIDS DAY SUNDAYS:
Bring your kids out to The Pfitz for All Day Game Sundays throughout the season to enjoy tailored activities catered for children and kids-oriented premium giveaways plus Kids Eat Free, Face Painter at the ballpark, In-Game Kid Guest Public Address Announcers presented by Virginia529 College Savings Plan, Post-Game Kids Run the Bases, Post-Game Player Autograph Signings, & Post-Game Catch On the Field!
Continuing into the 2018 season, specially priced tickets on Mondays ($1 Grandstand tickets) and Tuesdays ($2 Grandstand tickets) will be available for purchase online at http://www.potomacnationals.com up to two hours before gate opening times which will be published at a later date.
Kids Run the Bases after every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday game throughout the entire 2018 season.
Back again by popular demand in 2018, it’s Tennis Ball Toss for all 70 P-Nats games! Fans can rent tennis balls to throw onto the field after the game for the chance to win prizes courtesy of official corporate partners of the Potomac Nationals.
A complete 2018 Potomac Nationals Promotional Schedule will soon be published online at http://www.potomacnationals.com.
NOTE: All Potomac Nationals’ promotions and promo dates are subject to change.
“I am incredibly proud of the amazing ledger of P-Nats promotions, giveaways, theme nights, celebrity appearances, and special events we have prepared for our fans in preparation for the upcoming 2018 season,” said Potomac Nationals General Manager of Operations, Aaron Johnson.
“There has never been a better season on tap for our fans to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals and enjoy all of the Potomac Nationals’ unique, needle-moving promos than in ’18 at Pfitzner Stadium,” said Johnson.
Game times for all P-Nats’ home game dates will be announced early in the New Year.
P-Nats Opening Day 2018 at Pfitzner Stadium is scheduled for Thursday, April 5th, as The Red, White, & Blue will host the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City).
P-Nats’ 2018 mini-plans will go on sale on January 2nd, 2018.
P-Nats’ 2018 season ticket plans, group events, picnics, and fundraisers are currently on sale. For more information or to purchase any of these, contact Potomac Nationals Director of Season Ticket & Group Ticket Sales, Alec Manriquez, by phone at 703-590-2311, ext. 221, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
P-Nats’ 2018 single game tickets will go on sale at the Potomac Nationals Open House event at Pfitzner Stadium, a date which will be announced in the New Year.
The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and nine CL Northern Division Championships. Sponsorship opportunities for the P-Nats’ 2018 season and beyond are available, as well as all-inclusive corporate picnic outings to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz. 2018 Potomac Nationals season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. For more information on Potomac Nationals 2018 season tickets, mini plans, group outings, picnic packages, fundraisers, and all things Red, White, and Blue, visit the P-Nats online at http://www.potomacnationals.com, follow the P-Nats on Facebook (@PotomacNationals), Twitter (@PNats42), and Instagram (@pnats42), or call the Potomac Nationals’ Extreme Custom Collision Ticket Office at 703-590-2311.