LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - Following a week of unveiling the top 10 promotions of 2014 on GwinnettBraves.com, the Gwinnett Braves officially released the entire 2014 Promotional Schedule on March 3. The sixth season of G-Braves baseball at Coolray Field will feature the return of Friday Fireworks after all 10 Friday home games, four unique Bobblehead Giveaways, several celebrity appearances and new weekly promotions. Single-game tickets will go on sale at 9 AM on Monday, March 10 at the Coolray Field Ticket Office.
The 2014 season starts with a bang - literally - on Opening Night, Friday, April 11. After the conclusion of the 7:05 PM game against Durham, fans will be treated to the first Friday Fireworks display of the season. The sky over Coolray Field will light up nine more times throughout the year, including May 2, May 23, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 4 (Independence Day), July 18, August 8 and August 29.
Opening Weekend also includes the G-Braves T-Shirt Giveaway presented by Georgia Power (first 2,000 fans) on April 11 and the Magnet Schedule Giveaway (first 2,000 fans) on April 12. Additionally on April 12, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will make a special appearance at Coolray Field. Jones, who had his No. 10 retired at Turner Field last season following his legendary 19-year Major League career, will be on hand to throw out the first pitch prior to the 7:05 PM game against Durham.
Jones won't be the only legend of Braves Country to visit Coolray Field in 2014. On Saturday, July 19, the G-Braves will host former Atlanta Braves outfielder and current co-host of "Good Day Atlanta" on Fox 5 Atlanta, Ron Gant. That night, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive the Ron Gant Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Coolray and WAGA-TV Fox 5.
Gant is one of three Braves players to be immortalized in bobblehead form this season. Former G-Braves stars and current Atlanta Braves rotation-mates Mike Minor and Julio Teheran will also receive the bobblehead treatment, with Minor Bobbleheads going out to the first 2,000 fans on Saturday, June 7 and Teheran Bobbleheads slated for the first 2,000 fans on Saturday, July 5. Also, Chopper the Groundhog Bobble-Banks will be distributed to the first 2,000 fans on June 28th sponsored by Delta Community Credit Union.
Other notable giveaways include a Fleece Blanket sponsored by Coolray (April 19), Mister Fan sponsored by Coolray (May 17), Pint Glass sponsored by Dave & Buster's (May 24), Soccer Ball sponsored by Coolray (World Cup/Soccer Day, June 29), Tin Lunch Box sponsored by Georgia Power (Back to School Night, August 2) and a Football sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center (Football Night, August 9).
Celebrities from beyond the baseball world are headed to Coolray Field in May and June. On Friday, May 23, the Atlanta-based mascot group, The Fur Circus, comes to the ballpark. Splash, Buddy and Miles will put on a show all night during the 7:05 PM game against Norfolk. Mountain Man, from A&E's wildly-popular series "Duck Dynasty," makes an appearance on Friday, June 20 for "Outdoors Night." World Wrestling Entertainment legend Sgt. Slaughter pays the G-Braves a visit on Friday, June 27 for "Military Appreciation Night."
The Gwinnett Braves will twice don specialty jerseys to raise money for charities in 2014. On Saturday, June 7, G-Braves' players and coaches will wear alternate jerseys sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center. All jerseys will be auctioned off during the game, with proceeds going to Gwinnett Medical Center's non-profit foundation. On Friday, June 27, the G-Braves will once again wear Kipper Tool Camouflage Jerseys for "Military Appreciation Night." All Camouflage Jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Fisher House Foundation for military families.
The G-Braves have also announced the weekly promotions for 2014:
Sunday Family FunDay: Bring your ball and glove for Pre-Game Catch on the Field starting when the gates open and lasting for 20 minutes. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game!
Kids Eat Free Monday: Upon entry, all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and a small soda.
Two-For-Tuesday: Every Tuesday, get two tickets for the price of one! All Infield Box and Field Box seats are 50% off.
Winning Wednesday: Join us for Baseball Bingo every Wednesday! Play along with the on-field action as you try to win great prizes. It's also a Guaranteed Win on Wednesdays…if the G-Braves don't win the game, your ticket stub will be good for 50% off an Infield Box seat for any remaining Monday-Thursday regular season home game.
$3 Thursday: Kick the weekend off the right way with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All General Admission Lawn Seating is also just $3 on Thursdays!
Friday Fireworks: Following all 10 Friday home games, stay after the game for a spectacular Fireworks display!
Tickets for all 72 home games can now be redeemed by those who have purchased Anytime Tickets. Single-game tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, March 10 beginning at 9 AM. The on-sale opportunity will be the first chance to purchase individual game tickets for Opening Night on April 11, as well as Independence Day on July 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Coolray Field Ticket Office or by calling 678-277-0340.