Curve announce 2018 promotional schedule

Appearances by Van Slyke, Hyzdu, DDP, plus giveaways, 11 bobbleheads and 21 fireworks shows highlight this season's promotions in Curve, PA

By Trey Wilson / Altoona Curve | February 26, 2018 8:43 PM

CURVE, Pa. - The Altoona Curve revealed their 2018 promotional schedule on Tuesday afternoon, part of the year-long celebration of the 20th Season of Altoona Curve Baseball, presented by Stuckey Subaru.

This season's promotional schedule features 11 bobbleheads, appearances by Andy Van Slyke, Adam Hyzdu and Diamond Dallas Page, 21 fireworks shows plus unique giveaways, theme nights and more excitement in Curve, PA.

 

"This has been a very busy off-season," Curve general manager Derek Martin said. "We have been focused on bringing fresh ideas to the entertainment at PNG Field for 2018. We have done several surveys with our community on what they want to see in 2018. We are very excited to get the season started."

 

As part of the team's 20th season celebration, the Curve will have 11 bobblehead giveaways honoring the Fans' Choice All-Time Curve Team, as voted on last fall. Curve fans chose their favorite honorees at manager, the fielding positions, starting pitcher and relief pitcher for the set, which features many of the legendary names to pass through Curve, PA since 1999.

 

"The bobblehead series is completely chosen by fan voting, which is pretty cool by itself," Martin said. "The fans nailed the selections and it will bring a lot of energy to the games every Saturday as we honor some of the great Curve players."

 

2018 Fans' Choice All-Time Curve Team Bobblehead Series




 

This year's promotional schedule brings three exciting appearances to PNG Field, beginning with former Pirates outfielder and three-time National League All-Star Andy Van Slyke on Tuesday, April 10, presented by Peoples.

 

On June 16, legendary Curve outfielder Adam Hyzdu will be on hand for an appearance as his All-Time Team bobblehead is given out to fans. Hyzdu starred for the Curve during the franchise's first two seasons and his number 16 was retired in 2000. After setting several team records that still stand today, Hyzdu went on to play seven season in the majors with the Pirates, Red Sox, Padres and Rangers.

 

For the third straight season, the Curve will host Pro Wrestling Night on August 23, featuring an appearance by WWE Hall of Fame inductee Diamond Dallas Page. With a pro wrestling career dating back to 1991, DDP is a three-time WCW World Champion among countless other titles and honors.

 

On June 8, the world's best extreme pogo crew, the Xpogo Stunt Team, will perform at PNG Field. Featuring Championship Pro Athletes flying over 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team holds 13 current Guinness World Records and has appeared on dozens of national and international shows, including the TODAY Show, Ellen, Queen Latifah and more.

 

"Our fan base has always enjoyed when we bring in a celebrity or entertainment group and this year we won't disappoint," Martin said. "I have never met Adam Hyzdu and will be looking forward to meeting him after hearing so much about him. Bringing him back on the night we give his bobbleheads out will definitely be a treat."

2018 Appearances & Entertainment Performances


 

The Curve will wear four specialty jerseys during the 2018 season, including a Digital Camo jersey for every Wednesday home game, presented by the Altoona Mirror, as a nod to the brave active duty military and veterans throughout the region. The Digital Camo jerseys will be auctioned on August 29.

 

The Curve's popular Star Wars Night returns on May 4, with the team donning a special Han Solo jersey, presented by AIrCon Engineers. The night comes just weeks before the release of the latest Star Wars anthology installment, Solo: A Star Wars Story. On May 16, the Curve will celebrate Medical Professionals Night with a Scrubs jersey, presented by FirstEnergy. For PA Heritage Night on August 3, the team will sport a unique Three Deer Moon jersey, inspired by the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt internet phenomenon with a recognition of Pennsylvania's state animal, the white-tailed deer.  

 

The specialty jerseys will be auctioned with all proceeds benefiting area charitable organizations.

 

"Our community is so gracious when it comes to giving back and we are proud to partner with non-profits to help raise awareness and money for a number of organizations," Martin said. "The types of specialty jerseys we are doing this year are like no others."  

 

2018 Curve Specialty Jerseys


 

Along with the All-Time Team bobblehead series, the Curve will again offer a slate of unique, fun giveaways for fans during the 2018 season. The reigning Eastern League champs will hand out a Replica 2017 Championship Ring on April 11 presented by Stuckey Subaru. The Curve will honor last year's title team with a 2017 Championship Team Poster on April 24, plus a Replica Championship Ticket giveaway on May 3, presented by The Award Man & ARC.

 

The championship celebration takes a unique twist on June 28 for "The Office Night," as the Curve theme the game around the hit NBC TV sitcom. The first 1,000 fans will take home a Championship Ring in Jell-O, presented by Stuckey Subaru, a nod to the classic, reoccurring prank of putting co-workers' possessions in Jell-O by "The Office" character Jim Halpert throughout the show's run.  

 

"When we talk with our fans, the promotional giveaways are always mentioned as a popular part of our season schedule," Martin said. "We have tied in our 20th season and last year's Eastern League championship to our giveaway series for 2018."

 

2018 Curve Giveaways

April 24 - 2017 Championship Team Poster giveaway for the first 500 fans

July 29 - Curve Toothbrush giveaway presented by Hollidaysburg Family Dentistry

August 3 - Curve 20th Season Slinky giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Alex Brands

August 10 - Curve Tote Bag giveaway for the first 500 fans presented by Home Helpers

 

 

Fans will be treated to the Curve's popular FIREWORKS shows for 21 games in 2018, beginning with Opening Day on April 5. Beginning May 4, fans can enjoy spectacular fireworks shows for every Friday home game, presented by the Altoona Mirror. Fireworks shows are scheduled for April 5, May 4, May 18, June 5, June 7, June 8, June 15, June 17, June 27, July 4, July 6, July 17, July 26, July 27, August 3, August 5, August 10, August 12, August 24, August 26 and August 30.

 

"As promised, we said we would have at least 20 fireworks shows to commemorate our 20th season," Martin said. "Fans have voted on what music they want tied to the firework themes. The themes always give the firework shows a different flare."

 

The popular Daily Value Promotions return for 2018, with brand-new Mitsubishi Mondays kicking off the weeks. Fans can stop by Five Star Mitsubishi in Altoona to pick up free Grandstand tickets on Mondays for that evening's game. Two-for-Tuesdays, presented by Atlantic Broadband, return this season, when fans can take advantage of 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn. On Winning Wednesdays, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery, fans have the chance to win prizes from the PA Lottery, and the 50-cent boneless Wing Wednesday special returns. Thursdays in Curve, PA are Thirstday, presented by Q94, with $2 specials on select 16 oz. draft beers and regular-size sodas, plus $1 Juniata-brand hot dogs.

 

"This year, there is a different spin to our Daily Value Promotions thanks to our friends at Five Star Mitsubishi," Martin said. "We are excited to see how the community reacts to our new Mitsubishi Mondays. We wanted to collaborate with one of our partners and try something totally different to offer to our community to thank them for supporting us for 20 years."

 

Sunday are for the kids this season in Curve, PA. All 11 Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club games, which is FREE and open to children ages 3-12, will be held on Sundays at PNG Field. The Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club includes tickets for the 11 Sunday games, plus members receive 10% off kids' apparel and novelties in the Stockyard and the Caboose team stores, gain access to an exclusive team autograph session, plus much more. Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club sign-ups are open now.  

 

The full 2018 Curve Promotional Schedule is listed below:

 

Thursday, April 5 - Opening Day | 2018 Magnet Schedule giveaway for the first 5,000 fans, presented by iQor | Tom Petty FIREWORKS | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs | Silver Steamers

Friday, April 6 - Steamer Student All-Stars
Saturday, April 7 - Michael Ryan bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans, presented First Commonwealth Bank | Steamer Student All-Stars

Sunday, April 8 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Rubble & Everest appearance presented by The Comics Vault | Student Steamer All-Stars
Monday, April 9 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi | Never Waste Old Tickets | 2017 Group Leader Appreciation Night

Tuesday, April 10 - Andy Van Slyke appearance presented by Peoples | Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn | Never Waste Old Tickets | 2017 Group Leader Appreciation Night

Wednesday, April 11 - Replica 2017 Championship Ring giveaway for the first 500 fans presented by Stuckey Subaru | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror | Never Waste Old Tickets

 

Saturday, April 21 - Andrew McCutchen bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Nuts for You

Sunday, April 22 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Daniel Tiger appearance presented by The Comics Vault | Youth Clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, April 23 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi

Tuesday, April 24 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn | 2017 Championship Team Poster giveaway for the first 500 fans

Wednesday, April 25 - Education Day presented by Subway | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

 

Thursday, May 3 - Replica Championship Ticket giveaway for the first 500 fans presented by The Award Man & ARC | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, May 4 - Star Wars Night | FIREWORKS FRIDAYS presented by the Altoona Mirror | Han Solo jersey auction, presented by AirCon Engineering | Altoona Area School District Weekend
Saturday, May 5 - Starling Marte bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by M&T Bank | Altoona Area School District Weekend

Sunday, May 6 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Ninja Turtles appearance presented by the Comics Vault | Altoona Area School District Weekend | Atlantic Broadband Client Appreciation Day | Let's Move Blair County Health Fair | Youth Clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, May 7 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi | Bedford County Night
Tuesday, May 8 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, May 9 - Education Day presented by Subway | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

 

Monday, May 14 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi | Silver Steamers

Tuesday, May 15 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, May 16 - Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

Thursday, May 17 - Medical Professionals Night | Scrubs jersey auction presented by FirstEnergy | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, May 18 - Doo-Wop FIREWORKS presented by the Altoona Mirror | Allegany School District Weekend

Saturday, May 19 - Gerrit Cole bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by the Altoona Grand Hotel | Allegany School District Weekend

Sunday, May 20 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Trolls appearance presented by The Comics Vault | Allegany School District Weekend | Youth Clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Tuesday, May 29 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, May 30 - Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

Thursday, May 31 - Education Day presented by Subway | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

 

Tuesday, June 5 - 90s Alternative Music FIREWORKS | Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, June 6 - Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror | Atlantic Broadband Client Appreciation Night

Thursday, June 7 - Game of Hope presented by American Cancer Society/Relay for Life of Central Blair | Relay for Life hat auction | FIREWORKS presented by Stuckey Subaru | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, June 8 - FIREWORKS FRIDAYS presented by the Altoona Mirror | X-Pogo performance

Saturday, June 9 - Tony Watson bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Sheetz

Sunday, June 10 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Dora appearance presented by the Comics Vault

 

Friday, June 15 - 80s Hair Metal FIREWORKS presented by West Central Equipment | Indiana County Night

Saturday, June 16 - Adam Hyzdu bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by US Foods | Adam Hyzdu appearance | Scout Night | Giorgio Foundation Auction

Sunday, June 17 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | FIREWORKS | Faith Night presented by Element Church | Tyrone Night

 

Monday, June 25 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi

Tuesday, June 26 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn | Peoples Customer Appreciation Night

Wednesday, June 27 - ABBA FIREWORKS | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror | Cresson Night

Thursday, June 28 - The Office Night | Championship Ring in Jell-O giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Stuckey Subaru | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

 

Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day Celebration with FIREWORKS presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror | Stars & Stripes hat auction benefiting the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings

Thursday, July 5 - Celebrate Altoona Night | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, July 6 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra-themed FIREWORKS presented by the Altoona Mirror

Saturday, July 7 - Josh Harrison bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Home Helpers | Developmental Difficulties Night

Sunday, July 8 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Loco's Birthday | Loco Birthday Cup giveaway for the first 500 fans 12 & under presented by Allied Milk Producers | Dairy Day

 

Monday, July 16 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi

Tuesday, July 17 - Power Ballad FIREWORKS | Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, July 18 - Super Splash Day presented by the Altoona Water Authority | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

 

Thursday, July 26 - American Idol FIREWORKS | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, July 27 - Bruce Springsteen FIREWORKS presented by Peoples
Saturday, July 28 - Elias Diaz bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Thrivent Financial & Hines Equipment | Scout Night | Miracle League Night

Sunday, July 29 - Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Spongebob appearance presented by the Comics Vault | Curve toothbrush giveaway presented by Hollidaysburg Family Dentistry | Silver Steamers

 

Friday, August 3 - FIREWORKS FRIDAYS presented by the Altoona Mirror | PA Heritage Night | Three Deer Moon jersey auction presented by Alex Brands | Curve 20th Season Slinky giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Alex Brands

Saturday, August 4 - Josh Bell bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Peoples

Sunday, August 5 - Kids-themed FIREWORKS | Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Catch in the Hat appearance presented by The Comics Vault | Curve Charities Reading Night

 

Friday, August 10 - Brad Paisley FIREWORKS presented by the Altoona Mirror | Curve Tote Bag giveaway for the first 500 fans presented by Home Helpers | Alzheimer's Awareness Night

Saturday, August 11 - Jack Wilson bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by the Altoona Grand Hotel | 811 Night presented by PA One Call | Scout Night

Sunday, August 12 - FIREWORKS | Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | Faith Night presented by Element Church | Allan Scott Band performance

 

Wednesday, August 22 - UPMC Member Appreciation Night | Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey presented by the Altoona Mirror

Thursday, August 23 - Pro Wrestling Night presented by Stuckey Subaru | WWE Hall of Fame inductee Diamond Dallas Page appearance | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

Friday, August 24 - Boy Band FIREWORKS presented by the Altoona Mirror

Saturday, August 25 - Neil Walker bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by UniFirst | Griffith Family Foundation Auction presented by the Good Funeral Home/Alto Reste Park

Sunday, August 26 - FIREWORKS | Ritchey's Dairy Kids' Club Game | A Day in the Arts

Monday, August 27 - Mitsubishi Monday featuring free Grandstand tickets at Five Star Mitsubishi | Margaritaville Night

Tuesday, August 28 - Two-for-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband featuring 2-for-1 specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn

Wednesday, August 29 - Winning Wednesday featuring chances to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery | Wing Wednesday with 50-cent boneless wings | Digital Camo jersey auction presented by the Altoona Mirror

Thursday, August 30 - Fan-voted FIREWORKS | Thirstday presented by Q94 featuring $2 select 16 oz. draft beers & regular-size sodas plus $1 Juniata brand hot dogs

 

The 20th Season of Altoona Curve Baseball, presented by Stuckey Subaru, opens on Thursday, April 5 as the reigning Eastern League champions host the Akron RubberDucks at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Individual game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 3 exclusively in person at the ballpark at Curve Fest, beginning at 10 a.m. Online ticket sales at AltoonaCurve.com/Tickets will begin at noon on Saturday. For more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field offices.

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

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