The Bowie Baysox announce today the promotional schedule for the 2012 season. The schedule includes 20 fireworks nights, a number of family-friendly events, multiple giveaways, recurring weekday events, a wide variety of theme nights and monkeys riding dogs around the field.
Baysox Director of Marketing Brandan Kaiser looks forward to the fireworks. “I think most fans would agree that the fireworks displays are some of the most exciting attractions we have,” Kaiser said. “We are excited to have them every Saturday night and some Friday and Sunday night games during the season. We are also home for the Fourth of July this year, and we have an unbelievable display planned for that night.”
While the whole family can enjoy fireworks, the Baysox have a slew of activities planned for younger fans. Baltimore-based kids rock band Milkshake returns to Prince George’s Stadium for a special pregame concert Saturday, June 2. Two months later, kids can rock out with Washington D.C.-based family-friendly rock band Rocknoceros during another pregame concert Saturday, Aug. 4. In addition to the pregame concerts, younger fans can enjoy special events for members of Louie’s Kids Club each month of the season.
Louie’s Kids Club 2012 Events:
Sat. April 7 Kids Capital Spring Fling 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Sun. May 27 Baseball Mini-Camp
Sat. June 16 Louie’s Birthday Bash
Sat. July 21 Superhero Night
Sun. Aug. 5 Louie’s Ice Cream Social 6:05 p.m.
Kaiser helped Louie plan the events for the kids club. “Louie and I think we have created some really fun events for this season,” Kaiser said. “Any Baysox fans between the ages of 3 and 12 can join Louie’s Kids Club and the big green guy would really love to see some new faces along with his older friends at the events this season.” Kid’s Club registration is free and more information can be found at www.baysox.com.
Thursday evenings throughout the season generally feature giveaways, including magnet schedules on Opening Night, April 5, a Jake Arrieta bobblehead May 24, a City of Bowie 20th season logo pint glass June 14, and an Al Bumbry bobblehead July 19. In addition to the Thursday night giveaway items, fans can collect Baysox DAV baseball cards Saturday, July 21, an Elliot in the Morning bobblehead Wednesday, August 1, a Matt Wieters Golden Glove bobblearm Wednesday, August 15, a Matt Wieters Fathead (ages 3-12) Saturday, August 25, and a 20th season T-shirt (ages 13+) Sunday, Aug. 26.
The Baysox have weekly recurring promotions that last throughout the season. Monday nights are Mutt Mondays, where fans can bring their dogs to the game. On Tailgate Tuesdays, fans can enter the ballpark early for batting practice and enjoy $2 draft beer specials in the Bud Light Boathouse from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday is also Double Dog Deal Day where fans get two free regular Dietz & Watson hot dogs and a large bag of Cracker Jacks with the purchase of a regular price box seat ticket. One Wednesday of every month (starting in May) is Veteran’s Appreciation Night, where anyone able to show proof of military service can purchase a box seat ticket for $8. During Friday home games, the Baysox wear alternate black jerseys featuring the Pitching Fish logo and every Saturday game concludes with postgame fireworks (after the first weekend of the season).
The recurring theme nights are not the only noteworthy events at the stadium this season. The Baysox have a variety of theme nights planned, including fan favorites from past seasons and all-new events for the 2012 campaign.
Baysox Promotions Manager Chris Rogers is excited to unveil the new events. “Our fans love our recurring promotions like Negro League Tribute Night, Star Wars Night and Superhero Night,” Rogers said. “It can be a tough balance between keeping old promotions and adding new events, but we enjoy trying to add variety to the events at the stadium. This year, I think our fans will enjoy the new events like Hockey Night in Bowie, War of 1812 Night with a special fireworks show and the monkeys riding dogs during the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo.”
Each month of the season also features a beer dinner in the climate-controlled Diamond View Restaurant. Tickets for the beer dinners are $45 per person, and include a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet and three hour all-you-can-drink open bar. Tickets for the beer dinners must be ordered at least 48 hours before the event. For more information or to order tickets, fans may call (301) 464-4880.
Complete schedule of 2012 Beer Dinners:
Thurs. April 19 – Baysox Pub Tour
Wed. May 16 – Mardi Gras in May
Thurs. June 14 – Caribbean Breeze
Thurs. July 19 – Oktoberfest
Wed. Aug. 15 – Beach Party
Thurs. Aug. 30 – Football Kick-Off Party
New for the 2012 season, the Baysox have also introduced a new program aimed at seniors. The Silver Sox program is free to join and open to anyone age 60 and older. Throughout the season, the team is hosting four exclusive events for members of the Silver Sox program. For more information about joining the Silver Sox program, visit www.baysox.com or call 301-464-4855.
Community Programs Manager Kate Milstead helped design the new Silver Sox program. “I am extremely excited about the four events we have planned for our new exclusive program catered towards seniors,” Milstead said. “Whether you are interested in a wine tasting or enjoying a game with your grandchildren, the membership perks available through our Silver Sox program will be something you will enjoy.”
Complete schedule of 2012 Silver Sox Events:
Wed. May 23 – Player and Manager Q & A Session
Wed. June 13 – Casino Night
Sun. July 22 – Grandbabies to the Game
Wed. Aug. 29 – Wine Tasting
Other notable promotions in 2012
Game times at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Thursday, April 5 – Opening Night
Friday, April 6 – Dr. Seuss Tribute, Bookswap, Fireworks
Saturday, April 7, 2:05 p.m. – Play Today Soccer Event, Bookswap
Monday, April 9 – University of Maryland Baseball Team Appearance
Thursday, April 19 – Pi(e) Night
Friday, April 20 – Basketball Night, Play Today Basketball, Bookswap, Fireworks
Saturday, April 21, 6:35 p.m. – Basketball Night, Bookswap, Fireworks
Sunday, April 22, 2:05 p.m. – Catch on the Field Day, Sunday Brunch in the Park
Friday, May 4 – 80s Night, Bookswap, Fireworks
Saturday, May 5, 6:35 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Bookswap, Fireworks
Sunday, May 6, 2:05 p.m. – Bark in the Park
Wednesday, May 16 – Military Appreciation Night
Monday, May 21 – End of the World Extravaganza
Thursday, May 24 – Mom’s Night Out, Jake Arrieta bobblehead giveaway, Mane-ly
Friday, May 25 – Mustache Mania
Saturday, May 26, 6:35 p.m. – 1K Beer Run, 90s Night, Fireworks
Sunday, May 27, 2:05 p.m. – Bowie’s Largest Pillow Fight, Play Today Baseball
Friday, June 1 – Girl Scout Lock-In
Saturday, June 2, 6:35 p.m. – Milkshake Concert, Pack the Park in Pink with Jersey Auction (Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Fireworks
Sunday, June 3, 2:05 p.m. – Educator Appreciation Day, Food Allergy Day, Zumba Fitness Fest
Wednesday, June 13 – Military Appreciation Night, Legends of Wrestling Event with appearance by Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Thursday, June 14 – City of Bowie 20th Season Pint Glass giveaway
Friday, June 15 – Boy Scout Campout, Fireworks
Saturday, June 16, 6:35 p.m. – Negro League Tribute Night, Play Today Lacrosse Event, Fireworks
Sunday, June 17, 2:05 p.m. – Father’s Day Picnic, Meet the Team, Catch on the Field
Friday, June 22 – Autism Awareness Evening, Hockey Night in Bowie with retired
Saturday, June 23, 6:35 p.m. – Star Wars Night, Fireworks
Sunday, June 24, 2:05 p.m. – Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Country Day
Sunday, July 1, 8:00 a.m. – Bowie Baysox 5K
Wednesday, July 4, 6:05 p.m. – Independence Day BBQ, Red, White and Boom Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 6 – Date Night at the Diamond
Saturday, July 7, 6:35 p.m. – Margaritaville, Fireworks
Sunday, July 8, 6:05 p.m. – Faith and Family Event
Thursday, July 19 – Daddy/Daughter Date Night, Al Bumbry Bobblehead giveaway
Friday, July 20 – Heroes Night, Fireworks
Saturday, July 21, 6:35 p.m. – Superhero Night, Play Today Football, Fireworks
Sunday, July 22, 6:05 p.m. – Bookswap, Fireworks
Wednesday, July 25 – Military Appreciation Night, Christmas in July Dinner
Wednesday, Aug. 1 – DC101 Night with Elliot in the Morning Bobblehead giveaway
Friday, Aug. 3 – Navy Night, Family Campout, Fireworks
Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:35 p.m. – Rocknocerous Concert, All-American Girls
Professional Baseball League Tribute, Fireworks
Sunday, Aug. 5, 6:05 p.m. – Football Event, Play Today Swimming Event
Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Halfway to Valentine’s Day Celebration with Blood Drive
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Military Appreciation Night, Matt Weiters Golden Glove Bobblearm giveaway
Thursday, Aug. 16 – Elvis’ 35th Annual Going Away Party
Thursday, Aug. 23 – Baysox for a Buck
Friday, Aug. 24 – War of 1812 Night, Fireworks and Flames Show
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2:05 p.m. – Meet the Team Day, Fan Appreciation Day, Catch on the Field
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