Aces Announce Opening Day Festivities

Stars of reality TV highlight festivities

By Reno Aces | March 27, 2014 3:56 PM ET

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014

Reno, Nev.-The Reno Aces begin the 2014 campaign Thursday, April 3 as they host the El Paso Chihuahuas at 6:35 p.m. at Aces Ballpark. 

The Opening Day festivities will feature guest appearances by Claire Champlin of "The Amazing Race", Benjamin "Coach" Wade of "Survivor", Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Sparks Mayor Gino Martini. Prior to the national anthem all four will deliver ceremonial first pitches. 

Champlin, of Reno, finished runner-up on Season 17 of the CBS reality series. "Coach" was a contestant on "Survivor: Tocations" and "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians." Both Champlin and "Coach" will sign autographs near the rotunda entrance from 6:35-7:35.

The national anthem will be performed by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Choral Director Jennifer Tibben. 

Pre-game attractions will include a hot-air balloon in front of the rotunda entrance courtesy of The Great Reno Balloon Race. Joining the hot-air balloon will be several classic cars provided by Hot August Nights. Also, Harrah's show girls will accompany the Aces starting lineup as they're introduced before the national anthem. The show girls will be available for photos near the Aces Team Shop during the game.

Opening Day promotions include the magnet schedule giveaway to the first 9,000 fans. Like every other Thursday at Aces Ballpark in 2014, it's Thirsty Thursday presented by ESPN Radio 94.5 and Reno News and Review. As a new promotion in 2014, adults can run the bases after each Thursday game.

"We are so proud to open the 6th season of Aces Baseball here in Northern Nevada, and want to make sure our fans know how important they are to our team. The events planned and guests joining us, coupled with the tradition that is Opening Day, will make for a tremendous evening," said Eric Edelstein, Aces Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.

Also part of the Opening Day celebration is the bold weather guarantee recently issued by Manager Phil Nevin. If the temperature at first pitch is not 60 degrees or above, Nevin will buy each fan in attendance a ticket to a future Aces game. 

Discounted full and partial season tickets are on sale now. For more information, and to purchase an Aces ticket plan, call (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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