MOOSIC, Pa. - The public said it wanted to be involved with the new PNC Field. The depths of that yearning are still being realized. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' Community Organization of the Night Program was announced just last week. In 6 ½ business days, all 72 available nights were claimed by non-profit groups that benefit NEPA.
The 72 non-profit groups, one for each home game, will receive a tip of the cap and more throughout the 2013 season. The groups chosen will own the night on the front porch of NEPA. In addition to receiving four free field reserve seats, each group will also have a concourse table allowing it to pass out information on its organization and cause. Beyond that personal face-to-face time, each group will be have a live pre-game interview on the field that will be shown to all in attendance on PNC Field's state-of-the-art video board. The message will be further spread with a live in-game interview on the RailRiders' radio broadcast.
"From the minute we officially released the program, my phone has been ringing off the hook with the wonderful non-profit organizations of Northeast Pennsylvania," said the team's community relations manager Ryan Beardsley. "I'm so proud we can provide a service such as this to our local non-profit agencies that work tirelessly and selflessly to improve the lives of others."
The Community Organization of the Night receives other perks like a ceremonial first pitch, its logo getting some time to shine on the video board and most of all, the chance to interact with the very folks touched by its efforts.
The RailRiders' 2013 season gets underway with the grand opening of a reconstructed PNC Field on April 4 when the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox come to town for a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash with SWB. It will mark the first "Thirsty Thursday" promotion of the year with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products along with a pre-game live band performance and post-game fireworks. Club seating, partial and full-season ticket plans are now available.