(AKRON, OHIO) May 19, 2015 - The Akron RubberDucks announced today it has been selected by the Eastern League to host the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game, set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Canal Park. This will be the first time the franchise has hosted the All-Star Game since it relocated to Northeast Ohio in 1989.
"We are extremely excited to host the Eastern League All-Star Game for the first time at Canal Park," said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. "This showcase is the perfect chance to show our brand of affordable family fun to fans throughout the league, while putting on a show that Akron will always remember."
"Eastern League members are thrilled to bring our 2016 All-Star experience to Akron," said Eastern League President Joe McEacharn. "Not only will the great fans in Akron have the opportunity to see our best and brightest stars, but fans and executives from all Eastern League cities will be introduced to the new and improved Canal Park and all that greater Akron has to offer. These events will certainly be another feather in the cap of the RubberDucks and one we are excited to be part of."
The Eastern League All-Star festivities span two days, July 12-13, and will include a home run derby, autograph sessions, fireworks, and much more. A full schedule of events will be announced at a later date. Summa Health System is an official co-sponsor of the Eastern League All-Star Game and associated events.
"I am humbled and honored the Eastern League has chosen Akron for the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game," said RubberDucks Owner Ken Babby. "This event will spotlight all of the tremendous growth and development in the city and really drive people downtown next year to celebrate fun family atmosphere we have been working toward since taking over the franchise.
The All-Star Game is played between the top players from the Eastern League's Eastern and Western Divisions, with each team being represented with at least one pitcher and position player. The teams are selected through a combination of fan balloting and selections from managers, media, and team personnel.
Tickets to the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game are on sale now for July 13 game with the July 12 home run derby and accompanying events going on sale at a later date. Ticket prices are $18 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission, groups of 24 or more can get $15 reserved tickets, and Fowl Territory seats are $35, which includes a two-hour, all-you-can-eat picnic. Tickets can be purchased by calling the RubberDucks at 330-253-5151 or at www.akronrubberducks.com/allstar
Many of today's Major League Baseball All-Stars have participated in past Eastern League All-Star Games, including Ryan Howard (2004), Hanley Ramirez (2005), Jon Lester (2005), Matt Garza (2006), and Clay Buchholz (2007). Recent notable Akron All-Stars include Carlos Santana (2009), Lonnie Chisenhall (2010), Austin Adams (2011 & 2013), and Francisco Lindor (2014).
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2015 season is its 19th since moving to Canal Park and its second since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information and merchandise featuring the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.