(TRENTON, NJ) - Replica championship trophies, helmet toothbrush holders, five bobblehead giveaways and seventeen fireworks shows highlight the first batch of 2014 promotions announced by the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday afternoon.
The 2014 promotional slate includes three giveaway items themed around the team's 2013 Eastern League Championship starting with Replica Mini EL Championship Trophies (1st 2,000 ages 6+) thanks to ARM & HAMMER on Opening Night, April 3. Fans will receive Championship Banners (1st 1,000 ages 6+) on April 17 and Championship Pennants (1st 1,000 ages 5-15) on May 11.
The 2014 promo schedule includes five unique items that have never been distributed at the Thunder before. These include Thunder Cooler Bags (1st 1,000 ages 18+) on April 5, OYO Sportstoys Minifigure (Thunder Player TBD, 1st 1,000 ages 5-15) on June 1, Boomer Dress Up Magnets (1st 1,000 ages 5-15) on June 8, Catcher's Helmet Coin Banks thanks to TD Bank (1st 1,000 ages 6+) on June 11 and Thunder Helmet Toothbrush Holders thanks to ARM & HAMMER (1st 1,000 ages 6+) on July 1.
Fireworks will once again entertain fans throughout the summer and the Thunder have 17 shows lined up after games. The shows will begin on Saturday, May 3 and continue after each Thursday and Saturday night game through August. The annual Independence Day Fireworks show will take place on Thursday, July 3 as Trenton hosts Portland and a rare Sunday night fireworks display will take place over Labor Day weekend as Reading visits on August 31.
Bobblehead Dolls remain popular with Thunder fans as collectibles that honor outstanding players. Trenton will host five bobblehead giveaways including Mark Teixeira on the one year anniversary of his rehab in Trenton (May 30), Hideki Matsui (July 11), David Robertson thanks to TD Bank (July 25) and Boomer thanks to ARM & HAMMER (August 8). The Thunder will distribute "mini" bobbleheads featuring a player TBD on May 9. All bobblehead giveaways are for the first 2,000 fans ages 14 and over.
Fans will take home Thunder apparel at six games next season. Kids will receive Youth Replica Jerseys (Player TBD, 1st 1,000 ages 5-15) at two games - April 6 thanks to TD Bank and July 27. Adults will receive Thunder Scarves (1st 1,000 ages 18+) on April 18 and Adult Replica Jerseys (Player TBD, 1st 1,000 ages 18+) on April 19. Fans ages 12 and over will take home Thunder Bucket Hats (1st 1,500) on May 2 and Thunder Visors will be given to fans ages 6 and over (1st 1,000) on August 19.
The 2013 promotional slate is loaded with traditionally popular giveaways including Magnetic Schedules (1st 2,000 ages 6+) on April 4, Drawstring Bags (1st 1,000 ages 5-15) on May 4, Roll-A-Banners (1st 1,000 ages 6+) on May 14, Reusable Shopping Bags (1st 1,000 ages 6+) on May 20, Team Card Sets thanks to Verizon Wireless (1st 1,500 ages 6+) on June 20, Chase Photo Montages (1st 2,000 ages 6+) on July 2, Lanyards (1st 1,000 ages 5-15) on July 13, Posters (1st 2,000) thanks to White Eagle Printing on August 5 and Player Statues TBD thanks to Verizon Wireless (1st 2,000 ages 14+) on August 29. The season will end on Labor Day, September 1, with a 2015 Magnetic Schedule giveaway (1st 2,000 ages 6+).
The Thunder also announced the dates for two long-running, popular promotions. Free All-You-Can-Eat Night will return for a fifth season on Thursday, April 17. The game includes free hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers for all fans in attendance. The annual Bark at the Park presented by Dogs & Cats Rule will be held on Sunday, August 10 and includes an invitation for all dog lovers to bring their canines with them to the game.
Super Value Tuesdays are back with every Tuesday night game featuring Kids Eat Free & $1 Hot Dogs thanks to Black Bear Franks. Thirsty Thursdays will return and fans can enjoy a great beer special from Budweiser until the middle of the 5th inning.
Also announced today are theme nights including Super Hero Night (May 3), Summer Kickoff Party (June 21), Faith & Family Nights (June 21 and August 9), Irish Heritage Night (August 7), Pirate & Princess Party (August 9), the Fifth Annual Good Deed Game (August 9) and Football Kickoff Night (August 21).
All fans should note that the distribution of promotional items is for fans in attendance only. Promotion dates, items and distribution quantity is subject to change and/or cancellation. Please visit trentonthunder.com for quantity and age restrictions specific for each giveaway/promotion.
Additional promotions are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.
The Thunder will begin the 2014 season at ARM & HAMMER Park on Thursday, April 3. Season tickets, group outings, Pic-A-Plans, and Mini Plan renewals are on sale now. Single game tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2014. For more information about tickets, fans should call 609-394-3300 or visit trentonthunder.com.