With only 30 days until the beginning of the season, the Lynchburg Hillcats announced plans for the team's annual FanFest, which will be held Saturday, April 1. Admission is free, and the event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a voucher for a free hot dog.
At the beginning of the event, the Hillcats will host their annual Media Home Run Derby, featuring local personalities from television, print, and radio. Following the home run derby, ALL fans can take part in batting practice on the field just like the pros.
When they're not taking their swings on the field, children can have fun in the all-new Kids' Zone at City Stadium, which features an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce house, and a brand-new speed pitch.
FanFest will also feature giveaways throughout the afternoon and free activities for fans of all ages to enjoy, such as ballpark tours. Upon entry into the stadium, fans can register on the concourse to be eligible for free prizes, which will be given out every 30 minutes. All those who register will have the chance to win caps, T-shirts and more.
Guided tours of the ballpark will allow fans to check out the team clubhouse, the skybox suites, the dugouts, and more. The Hillcats team store, The Catty Shack, will be open for business in its new location in the third-base concourse area, and fans can purchase season tickets, book tickets and single-game tickets at the event.
Headlined by a brand-new playing surface with a state-of-the-art drainage system, Calvin Falwell Field will have numerous improvements to showcase during each home game in 2017. New group seating areas, all-new safety netting in front of the stands, an expanded kids zone, and a renovated parking lot cover just a few of the updates. Additionally, the team's new colors and logos will be on display every time the Hillcats take the field.
Lynchburg hosts multiple seven-day homestands beginning April 6, June 8, July 4, and August 14. The Hillcats' regular-season schedule concludes on the road in Wilmington on Labor Day, Sept. 4, with the Carolina League Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Sept. 6. Lynchburg has made the postseason five consecutive years, a streak that includes the 2012 Mills Cup Championship.
Lynchburg's home opener is slated for Thursday, April 6, when the Hillcats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a rematch of the 2016 Mills Cup Championship Series at 6:30 p.m. Season tickets and book tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 434-528-1144. Single-game tickets will go on sale Monday, March 13 with prices starting at a mere $6 for General Admission.