DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Quad Cities River Bandits open a new era when the Midwest League season begins on Thursday, and fans in the Quad Cities and around the world can experience it for free. The new Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros will broadcast every regular season and postseason game live this season at www.riverbandits.com.
Beginning with Opening Day, April, 4 at Kane County, fans can listen to every live home and away River Bandits game at www.riverbandits.com online, which will carry a free stream of every game courtesy of Mediacom.
"This season, River Bandits fans everywhere will have the unique opportunity to hear every game of River Bandits baseball, and they will have greater access to the talent that will play in front of them throughout the season at Modern Woodmen Park," said team owner Dave Heller. "Our fans will receive more free coverage of future Major Leaguers with the River Bandits and around the Midwest League, hear the latest team news, storylines and promotions, and be welcomed by the same familiar voices on every broadcast -- which anyone can enjoy free for every game of the season."
River Bandits director of media relations, Marco LaNave and Matt Bierl will provide play-by-play and commentary for the broadcasts, which will begin 15 minutes before the first pitch of each game.
LaNave, a native of St. Cloud, Minn., and University of Minnesota graduate, is entering his second season with the River Bandits. He was a production assistant with Minnesota Twins radio broadcasts in 2011. He was also a member of the radio broadcast team for the St. Cloud River Bats of the independent Northwoods League in 2008 and 2009, and called high school baseball games on the radio in St. Cloud.
Bierl, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, and Iowa State University graduate, is returning to the River Bandits after working in the media relations department for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in 2012. Bierl was an intern with the River Bandits in 2011, and he worked in media and public relations with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League before moving on to the Cubs. Bierl has also broadcasted high school basketball and Iowa State football games.
"The River Bandits are excited that our fans can follow the team with the free live broadcast of every game," said general manager Harold Craw. "Marco and Matt are one of the best broadcast teams in the Midwest, and we wanted to make sure our fans can enjoy the games -- and enjoy our incredible broadcast team -- all season long."
The River Bandits will have a running start to the season with the first-ever Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on Sat, April 6. Registration is open through Thu, April 4, with additional in-person registration at packet pick-up Thu, April 4, and Fri, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2013 home opener at Modern Woodmen Park is Thursday, April 11.
Tickets for the 2013 season are now on sale. Please call 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com online. It's not too late lock in your season ticket plan for the 2013 season! Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today at 563-324-3000 to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
The River Bandits will make one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is scheduled to open in early June, along with two new zip lines, a carousel, a Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new Major League affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the Major League Draft this June, and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future Major League stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!