MOBILE, AL - The BayBears are proud to announce a partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union to paint seat 1, row 1, in section 107, black with the POW/MIA logo and remain unoccupied for all eternity to honor all American soldiers who never returned.
"This is a very special announcement for a number of reasons, first and foremost we wanted to find a way in our ballpark to permanently recognize the sacrifices of those who protect our freedom. There is a strong military influence in this region and that made finding the right way to show our respect very important to our staff. The seat in section 107, row 1, seat 1, is now a tribute seat that will never be sat in, but it will never be empty," BayBears General Manger Heath Bennett said.
The BayBears will hold a ceremony to unveil the seat at the home opener, Wednesday, April 10 during the pre-game festivities. Active military and veterans will be in attendance to help dedicate the seat to the over 92,000 missing American soldiers. The BayBears will be installing the seat next week.
"The Black Seat not only conveys a powerful message to BayBears fans, it allows Navy Federal Credit Union to express our gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces who sacrifice for us everyday," said Jeanette Mack, Manager of Corporate Communications for Navy Federal Credit Union.
Navy Federal Credit Union will also host Tribute to Our Troops, A Season Long Tribute. The Tribute includes providing complimentary tickets to all active, reserve or retired members of the military, and hosting different branches of the United States Military throughout the season.
The Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps. and Coast Guard will all have their own night at The Hank, and will consist of different military themed promotions, as well as fun interactive tables throughout the concourse.