The Eugene Emeralds are excited to kick off another phenomenal season at PK Park in June, but fans will not have to wait that long to get their hands on tickets this summer. The Ems will host a Ticket Release Block Party on May 5th, from Noon until 2pm, in front of the PK Park North gates facing MLK Jr. Blvd.
Fans will be able to purchase single-game tickets before they go on sale online on Wednesday, May 9th, at the Ems' Box Office. There will be plenty of activities for families as well, with music, inflatables, cornhole, and face painting. The Pitchin' Kitchen, the Ems' food truck, will also be on site with food samples that will be available at the stadium this season. This will be everyone's first opportunity to purchase team merchandise to get ready for the summer as well. This season's manager, Steve Lerud, will be in attendance and host a Q & A session for all at 2pm.
The Ems and Kidsports will also be hosting the local Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition for area youth on the PK Park field. Pitch, Hit, & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball, providing youngsters ages 7-14 with an opportunity to compete and learn the game of baseball & softball free of charge. For more info on how to register your child for this event, please visit the Pitch Hit & Run website here.
Starting May 5th until Opening Day on June 15, the Emeralds will also be hosting their first used baseball and softball equipment drive, encouraging fans to donate their gently used gloves, bats, helmets and baseballs. Fans who donate will receive a voucher good for a box seat for Opening Day Weekend in June. All of the equipment received from the drive will be used to help teach baseball and softball skills to kids in Lane County. With the collection of equipment, the Ems will be able to make baseball and softball more accessible to those who might not have been able to enjoy the sport.
"Baseball and softball is such a fun sport, but it can also be expensive," said Community Relations Manager Anne Culhane. "We just want the chance to bring the sport to those kids who have never had a glove or picked up a bat before, and help them fall in love with the game."
Fans can bring their gently used equipment to the Box Office, off Martin Luther King Blvd, starting 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on May 5th at the Emeralds Ticket Release Block Party, or Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans who donate will be given a voucher for a ticket to the Emeralds Opening Day Weekend, starting June 15th thru June 19th.
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