Coupled with their respective bobblehead nights, Virginia Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer and VCU Basketball Coach Shaka Smart will each make appearances at the ballpark during the 2013 season. Smart will be on hand for Shaka Smart Bobblehead Night on May 17th, while Beamer will visit The Diamond for Frank Beamer Bobblehead Night on July 19th.
The Squirrels will also welcome back two of the most popular entertainment acts in sports, as the Phillie Phanatic will perform during the game on May 21st. On August 2nd, the ZOOperstars bring their one-of-a-kind show to The Diamond. One of the most talked about events in minor league baseball in 2012, the Human Cannonball will once again be launched in 2013 on May 18th.
"We've gotten a lot of feedback from fans over our first three years as to which acts really kept them entertained throughout the game," said Todd "Parney" Parnell. "Of the acts we have had in the past, the overwhelming response to the Phanatic and ZOOperstars made it an easy decision to bring each back this year." "As far as the human cannonball, that was just awesome and needed to happen again."
The Legends of Wrestling Series, which has been a staple of Squirrels baseball, will also continue in 2013. Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash will be on hand for the Squirrels game with Portland on July 30th. Additionally, the team will welcome a trio of celebrities from television fame. Larry Thomas "The Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld will appear on April 19th. On June 4th, Tim & Tickle from The Moonshiners will visit the ballpark, and on August 23rd, Skipper Bivins from Hillbilly Handfishin' will complete the lineup of celebrities for 2013.
"We really wanted to think outside the box in regards to the celebrities we brought to Richmond this season," added Parnell. "And we know that each of the celebrities we are bringing in will have fun with their interaction with our fans and give them an experience they can't get anywhere else."
2013 Richmond Flying Squirrels National Acts & Celebrity Appearances:
April 19th - "Soup Nazi" Appearance presented by Verizon Wireless
May 17th - Shaka Smart Appearance and Bobblehead Night presented by Setliff & Holland
May 18th - The Human Cannonball
May 21st - Phillie Phanatic Appearance
June 4th - The Moonshiners Appearance - Tim & Tickle
June 18th - Midwest Dueling Pianos
July 19th - Frank Beamer Appearance and Bobblehead Night presented by AAA Mid-Atlantic
July 30th - Legend of Wrestling Appearance - Kevin Nash
August 2nd - ZOOperstars Appearance
August 23rd - Skipper Bivins - Hillbilly Handfishin' Appearance
Single-game tickets for the 2013 season of Flying Squirrels baseball will go on sale at 9 am on Saturday, March 2nd. Tickets will be available for the first time at the 2013 Flying Squirrels Fan Fest & Camp Expo, which will take place at The Diamond from 9 AM - 12 PM. Single-game tickets will be available on-line at SquirrelsBaseball.com beginning at 10 AM.