GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars have announced their theme night lineup for the 2014 season as fans can participate and have fun at 20 theme night games. Popular fan favorites are returning and several new theme nights will take place at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark as well this season.
Today's announcement precedes the first day that single-game tickets go on sale, which will be Thursday, February 6 at 10 a.m. when fans can order tickets in person, by phone or online at kccougars.com. Group outings, season tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale.
The 2014 theme nights kick off with Star Wars Night on May 2, one of the most-anticipated theme nights each season. The Midwest Garrison, a legion of Star Wars fans with authentic costumes will be in attendance to mingle with fans and Cougars players will wear special Star Wars jerseys. The evening culminates in a post-game fireworks show set to the Star Wars movie score. The Cougars will bookend their theme night lineup with a second Star Wars Night on August 30.
The Cougars will celebrate Halloween on May 16 and 17 as fans can dress in costume, participate in a pre-game parade and trick or treat throughout the ballpark. The first of three Bark in the Park nights will be on June 4. Fans can bring their dogs, which are admitted free to the ballpark and enjoy the game from the Cougars' general admission lawn seating area.
New theme nights slated for 2014 include Spirit and Cheer Night on June 7, World Cup Soccer Night on June 19, Chicago Sports Team Night on June 26, NIU Night on August 14 and Back to School Night on August 22.
The Cougars' popular Princess Night will return and take place on June 20. The evening includes a special "Daddy/Daughter Date Night" package where dads and daughters can enjoy exclusive perks such as watching the princess-themed fireworks show from the field. In 2012, the Cougars' theme night was recognized as one of the best theme nights by Minor League Baseball.
Already this off-season, the Cougars have announced a ballpark concert series featuring five bands playing before select Saturday summer games. The bands comprise some of the most popular bands in Chicagoland such as American English, a Beatles tribute band and 7th Heaven, a band that plays hit songs from the 70's and 80's.
In addition to the above promotional nights, ballpark organist Nancy Faust will play live organ music before and during every Sunday home game beginning on May 4. Those Sunday dates are also Sunday Fundays with free kids entertainment such as pre-game autograph sessions with Cougars players. Select Sundays are also "Kids Eat Free" dates with a complimentary hot dog and soda voucher given to kids age 3-10. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform their high-flying routine following every Saturday game beginning May 3 and Thirsty Thursdays, with $1 beers, sodas and even hot dogs begin on May 15 and include every Thursday home game from May through the end of the season, excluding July 3. A total of 27 home dates will feature a post-game fireworks show.
Additional theme nights and promotional acts for the 2014 season will be announced on kccougars.com as they are confirmed.
2014 Kane County Cougars Theme Nights
May 2: Star Wars Night
May 3: 5/3 Day
May 16: Halfway to Halloween
May 17: Halfway to Halloween
June 4: Bark in the Park
June 7: Spirit and Cheer Night
June 8: Cancer Awareness Day
June 19: World Cup Soccer Night
June 20: Princess Night
June 21: Jimmy Buffett Night
June 26: Chicago Sports Team Night
July 2: Military Appreciation Night
July 11: Christmas in July
July 23: Bark in the Park
July 25: Superhero Night
August 1: Harry Potter Night
August 1: Peanut-Free Night
August 2: Country Music Night
August 13: Bark in the Park
August 14: NIU Night
August 22: Back to School Night
August 30: Star Wars Night
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