LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Bats have announced their full promotions schedule for the 2014 season at Louisville Slugger Field. Highlighted promotions include four bobblehead giveaways, five cap giveaways, Star Wars Night and additional premium dates.
The Cincinnati Reds visit Louisville Slugger Field to play the Bats in an exhibition game ahead of the start of the regular season on Saturday, March 29. All fans in attendance will receive a free Reds cap. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The event will mark the Reds' first trip to Louisville Slugger Field since a 2005 exhibition with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Bats then open their home schedule with Opening Night on Thursday, April 10 at Louisville Slugger Field against the Columbus Clippers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans will receive a Jay Bruce commemorative stein.
Thunder Over Louisville returns on Saturday, April 12. Gates will open at noon and first pitch against the Columbus Clippers is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are scheduled to headline the air show and country recording artist Laura Bell Bundy will perform an on-field concert following the game. Fans will have full access to concessions and restrooms throughout the day as well as re-entry privileges until the fireworks show has concluded.
After giving away three bobbleheads in 2013, the Bats will be giving away four in 2014, all featuring former Bats currently playing for the Reds: Homer Bailey on Saturday, June 14; Jay Bruce on Wednesday, July 2; Joey Votto on Saturday, August 2 and Johnny Cueto on Saturday, August 30. Bobbleheads will be given to the first 3,000 fans.
In addition to the Reds exhibition caps, the Bats will have four cap giveaways: black mesh caps on May 8, patriotic caps on May 24, camouflage caps on June 28 and "go green" caps July 26. First pitch on these nights is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m. Caps will be given to the first 2,000 fans.
The first ever Star Wars Night at Louisville Slugger Field will be on Sunday, July 27. First pitch against the Charlotte Knights is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. The game will feature the Bats in special Star Wars jerseys, as well as guests dressed as characters from the film series. Fans are encouraged to participate.
Also returning to Louisville Slugger Field will be a host of popular weekly promotions. All Tuesday home games will feature $1 hot dogs and Pepsi beverages, while Thursday nights will feature the popular $1 Budweiser beer happy hours. On the weekends, fans can enjoy fireworks after 10 of the team's 11 Friday night home games. Family-centered activities including kids running the bases and the inflatable FunZone will be featured at Sunday home games. Team autograph days are also scheduled for Sunday, April 13 and Sunday, August 3.
The updated promotions schedule will be available all season long on batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets to the Reds exhibition and all home games may be purchased online at batsbaseball.com, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.