Greenville, SC- Opening Day at Fluor Field is less than a month away, and the upcoming events on Saturday, March 15th will feature a little something for everyone in preparation for the 2014 Greenville Drive season.
To kick things off on Saturday, Fluor Field will help host the St. Paddy's Day Dash & Bash presented by Zaxby's and powered by Jarden. In addition, the 15th serves as the day the Drive put 2014 single-game tickets on sale for the first time. At 2:00 PM, after the Dash & Bash event concludes, the action continues as the Michigan State Spartans will take on the Harvard Crimson as part of a three-game series at Fluor Field. Admission to the game on Saturday is complimentary.
"The start of the 2014 Greenville Drive season at Fluor Field is approaching rapidly, and the events of March 15th are really going to push us closer to the beginning of the season," said Drive General Manager Eric Jarinko. "Drive games feature great baseball, food and beverage, and entertainment, and this day at Fluor Field will feature all of those things that make Drive games so much fun for fans of all ages."
The day begins with the St. Paddy's Day Dash & Bash, a family friendly fundraising event involving Drive partners Palmetto Children's Charity and Jarden Process Solutions. The Fluor Field gates open for same-day registration at 6:30 AM and will remain open all day. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:00, and the one mile walk begins at 9:00, both of which will finish at home plate at Fluor Field. Other activities during the Dash & Bash include a costume contest with cash prizes, a photo booth, a silent auction, and kid's activities such as bounce houses, face painting and a Kid's Fun Run.
Live music from The Sound Committee will be going on in the Paladin Plateau from 8:00 until noon, and Emerald Road will take the stage for more live Irish music until the game begins at 2:00. The Dash & Bash is free to attend, but food will be sold all day, and both The 500 Club and concession stands will feature food and beverage specials all day long on traditional Irish favorites alongside ballpark favorites. All proceeds will be donated toward local children's charities.
While the Dash & Bash is going on, beginning at 1:00, Drive fans will be able purchase their single-game tickets for the first time by visiting the Main Street Box Office, by calling (864) 240-4528, or by logging onto greenvilledrive.com, where game times for each of the 70 home games are now posted.
Saturday will be the first chance for Drive fans to purchase tickets for Opening Night (April 10th at 7:05), as well as other community events such as Drive Reading All-Stars Days presented by Michelin (Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:05, Sunday, May 25th at 4:05 and Sunday, August 3rd at 4:05), Just Drive Celebration Day (Sunday, April 22nd at 4:05) Drive Business Downtown (Tuesday, May 13th at 2:05, to be followed by the Furman-Clemson game at 7:00), and Green Day (Tuesday, August 5th at 7:05), just to name a few.
"We've titled our ninth season 'Let Yourself Go', as for 70 nights a year, you can come to a Drive game, forget about the stresses of work and daily life, and let loose at the ballpark," said Jarinko.
"Our fans are the best in Minor League Baseball and this year they'll be able to enjoy 11 Firework Nights, visits from the most popular promotional acts in the business such as the Zooperstars, Reggy, and Breakin' B-Boy McCoy, Community Night celebrations for towns around the Upstate, plus returning specials such as the always popular $1 Drink Night every Thursday."
"This year promises to be another very exciting and satisfying season of Greenville Drive baseball at Fluor Field," said Drive Co-Owner and Team President Craig Brown. "We have a lineup of outstanding family-friendly entertainment that fans of all ages will enjoy. Our goal is to have a memorable mix of ballpark entertainment, special events and fun, plus great baseball, featuring top prospects within the Boston Red Sox organization."
The Dash & Bash and single-game tickets going on sale lead into the 2:00 game between Michigan State and Harvard. 2014 marks the seventh consecutive year that Michigan State will travel to Downtown Greenville to play, while Harvard is making its first ever appearance at Fluor Field.
"We are thrilled to welcome Michigan State back to Fluor Field and Downtown Greenville," commented Brown, a Michigan State alumnus. "In addition to being a wonderful institution, they boast a quality baseball program that has experienced a lot of recent success, including a Big Ten Championship season in 2011 and an NCAA tournament berth in 2012."
Between the Dash & Bash, single-game tickets going on sale and the Michigan State-Harvard game, Saturday will be an action-packed day at Fluor Field that you won't want to miss.