MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 2, 2016) - On the heels of back-to-back championship seasons, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are thrilled to announce their 2017 promotional line-up. While the season promises the return of weekly specials such as Thirsty Thursdays and Local Appreciation Saturdays, several can't-miss promotions include Cubs-A-Palooza, a Replica World Series Trophy Giveaway, and a talking Jason Heyward Bobblehead Giveaway. These promotions, along with numerous others assure that the upcoming season at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark will be a memorable experience for fans of all ages.
Cubs-A-Palooza, a salute to the Pelicans major league affiliate and their 2016 World Championship season, is undoubtedly a bright spot on the Birds promotional line-up. The three-day celebration will take place June 23-25 at TicketReturn.Com Field. Day one of the event will feature an appearance by Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, a.k.a. "The Hawk" (Chicago Cubs 1987-1992), and a Taste of Chicago. Day two includes an appearance by Bill Buckner (Chicago Cubs 1977-1983), a Replica World Series Trophy Giveaway, and post-game fireworks. On the final day of event, Cubs-A-Palooza will transform into Cubstock, a Woodstock themed night with a Cubs twist. The night will feature a Joe Maddon inspired Groovy Bandana Giveaway and post-game fireworks.
Another highlight of the promotional schedule is the Jason Heyward Talking Bobblehead Giveaway. On July 15, the team will pay tribute to the former Pelican and reigning 'King of Rain Delays', a title Heyward earned after reports surfaced regarding the pep talk he delivered to his teammates during the rain delay in Game 7 of the World Series.
The Pelicans are bringing back the weekly theme nights that have become traditions on the Grand Strand. All Tuesdays are once again "Craft Tuesdays" with $2.00 craft draught beers served from 6:00-8:00 p.m., while Wednesday home contests feature buy one, get one free Hebrew National hot dogs all game long. "Thirsty Thursdays" also return in 2017, with $1.00 Bud and Bud Light draughts and $2.00 cans from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This season brings a new weekly special to the line-up with "Foodie Fridays". Throughout the 11 Friday home games, fans will have the option to upgrade their game experience to enjoy the "Foodie Friday" features. These features include an oyster roast, shrimp boil, pig pickin', wings-a-palooza, and more.
Returning for a fourth straight season are "Local Appreciation Saturdays," in which locals can receive $3.00 off tickets by showing their local ID when purchasing tickets to Saturday games. Also returning to "Local Appreciation Saturdays" are post-game fireworks and the chance for a local fan to win up to $50,000. Including all Saturday shows, Pelicans Ballpark will feature 21 total fireworks dates this year. Twelve of the East Coast Pyrotechnics Fireworks Extravaganza shows will take place in June and July, with a celebration of America's independence on July 4.
Weekend games at TicketReturn.Com Field will continue to feature "Embrace Veterans Saturdays," in which the Pelicans will celebrate veterans of the Grand Strand, courtesy of Embrace Hospice. "Family Sundays" also invite all fans for a pre-game on-field catch.
"Backpack Buddies Mondays" will also return in 2017 courtesy of McDonald's. All fans that donate an item from the approved Backpack Buddies Donation List (available here) will receive half price admission on Mondays. . All fans can also participate in a pre-game autograph session before every Monday-Saturday home game for 15 minutes after the gates open. And following all 70 home games, kids 12 & under can run the bases.
The season opens with a bang on Thursday, April 13, at 7:05 p.m. with an East Coast Pyrotechnics Fireworks Extravaganza following the game. The opening series continues as the team celebrates their 2016 Carolina League Championship on April 14 with a Championship Banner Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Saturday, April 15 will feature a Magnet Schedule Giveaway, post-game fireworks, and Special Olympics Night. The Birds will close out their opening series on Sunday as they celebrate Easter with an appearance by the Easter Bunny and a post-game helicopter candy drop.
The fourth annual Military Appreciation Night & Military Card Set Giveaway, courtesy of Embrace Hospice, is set for May 13. Also returning are Splash's Birthday & Bike Giveaway (May 7), Bark in the Park (April 26 & August 23), Fathers Day Redemption Night (June 22), the Tidelands Health ColorBurst 5K (August 12), Old School Hip Hop Night (August 24), and Bring Your Own Instrument Night (August 26). Other theme nights include Everyone Gets a Trophy Night (May 4), Thanksgiving in May (May 12), an appearance by the Flaunt Girls (May 15), Baywatch Night (May 18), Mystery Bobblehead Giveaway (June 2), First Responders Night (June 3), Myrtle Beach Mermen Night & Replica Jersey Giveaway (August 3).
The 2017 season will be the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.