FRISCO, Texas (March 9, 2017) - The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have an exciting Opening Day on tap Thursday, April 6 to launch the 2017 season. The Opening Day Lazy River Pool Party sets the stage for a season-long celebration for RoughRiders fans of all ages at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Fans can float the Choctaw Lazy River, watch the Riders, and enjoy all-you-can-eat menu featuring brats, hot dogs, peanuts, chips and Dr Pepper products for only $39 as part of the Opening Day Lazy River Pool Party. Gates to Dr Pepper Ballpark open at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Founders Members) for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch between the RoughRiders and the Springfield Cardinals.
Opening Day Highlights
- 2017 Schedule Magnets (first 2,000 fans)
- Post-Game Fireworks (fans welcome on field)
- Thirsty Thursday ($1 domestic draft beers, $2 craft and import beers, and $1 Dr Pepper products from 6-8 p.m.)
- Jugglin' Josh Horton providing in-game entertainment
The season-opening homestand (April 6-11) also features Frisco ISD Night (4/7), Girl Scout Night (4/8), 2017 Riders Season T-shirt for first 1,500 fans (4/8), 2017 Schedule Poster for first 2,000 fans (4/9) and Education Day (4/11).
An exciting series of giveaways and theme nights follow throughout the season, in addition to promotions every day of the week. Bobbleheads immortalizing Texas Rangers favorites Yu Darvish and Nomar Mazara, and Riders' "Ambassador of Fun" Michael Gruber, top the bill of fan freebies. Celebrities descend on Dr Pepper Ballpark as part of Retro Game Show Night, Tribute to Gilligan's Island Night, 90's Nite and Tribute to Grease Night.
Single-game tickets for Opening Day, along with the Texas League All-Star on June 27 and the rest of the 70-game regular season schedule, are available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office. Season tickets and other special ticket packages are also on sale now.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing more than $7 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.