The 14th season of Curve baseball will open and close to the tune of fireworks as Opening Night on April 5 and the final home game of the year on August 30 will feature post-game displays. All told, 21 of the Curve's 70 home dates will be followed by an eye-dazzling fireworks show. Altoona will once again host a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and the classic Sunday Night Fireworks series will return starting May 20th when the Curve take on the Erie SeaWolves.
Keeping with the tradition of the last two seasons, an additional fireworks show will take place during Ballpark Block Party 2012 on Tuesday, July 3. The Ballpark Block Party will feature live music, contests, food and offer a family-friendly environment for those wishing to start the Independence Day Weekend festivities a night early.
"Nothing excites our fans - no matter what age - quite like fireworks," said Curve General Manager Rob Egan. "We're pleased to once again bring plenty of opportunities for fans to enjoy them, whether it's on Opening Night, the Fourth of July, on Sunday Nights, or even a mid-week game in the summer. We can't wait to light up the nights."
Listed below are the 22 fireworks dates on the schedule for the upcoming season:
Thursday, April 5 vs. Erie at 6:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, April 7 vs. Erie at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 vs. Richmond at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 vs. Richmond at 6 p.m. presented by US. Foods & WTAJ-TV
Sunday, May 20 vs. Erie at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29 vs. Richmond at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 3 vs. Portland at 6 p.m. presented by Excela Health
Wednesday, June 13 vs. Trenton at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 vs. New Britain at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 vs. Akron at 6 p.m. presented by Panera Bread
Tuesday, July 3 at Ballpark Block Party 2012
Wednesday July 4 vs. Reading at 7 p.m. presented by Pennsylvania Lottery
Sunday, July 8 vs. Binghamton at 6 p.m. presented by Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Sunday, July 22 vs. Erie at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 vs. New Hampshire at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 vs. New Hampshire at 6 p.m. presented by Conemaugh Health System
Monday, August 6 vs. Bowie at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 vs. Bowie at 7 p.m. presented by Bellwood/Hollidaysburg/Philipsburg Hometown Markets
Sunday, August 12 vs. Trenton at 6 p.m. presented by Ramada Altoona
Thursday, August 23 vs. Richmond at 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 vs. Richmond at 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 30 vs. Akron at 7 p.m. presented by L.R. Webber Associates
This release is the first of four this week as the Curve announce their entire promotional lineup. The release order and topic for the rest of the week is as follows:
Today: Fireworks Nights
Tuesday, March 6: Giveaway Events
Wednesday, March 7: Theme Nights & Community Events
Thursday, March 8: Entertainment Acts & Celebrity Appearances
The week-long series of events will conclude on Friday, March 9th as the Curve host Baseball Bash IV at Peoples Natural Gas Field from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the ticket plaza and the weather-protected, upper concourse. Single-game tickets for the upcoming season will be on sale beginning at Baseball Bash while the event itself will be followed by a fireworks show that will begin shortly after 8 p.m.
This year's Bash also features the newly added Curve Variety Show, which will give the winning act a Curve Prize Pack consisting of 2 GA Season Tickets, a chance to perform the act on the field before a game this season and vouchers for one small Pepsi and a Curve Burger for each of the Curve's 71 home games this season.
Acts that wish to participate in the variety show must register their act by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 with the Curve's Community Relations Director, Elsie Gibney. She can be reached by phone at 814.283.3130 or by e-mail at email@example.com prior to the registration deadline. Acts that wish to participate must submit all member names along with an explanation of the act they are planning on performing during the Variety Show.
For more information on Baseball Bash IV and upcoming Curve games and events, call 877.99.CURVE, visit www.AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the offices at Peoples Natural Gas Field during normal business hours.