FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 12, 2018) - The Fort Myers Miracle have released the team's 2018 promotions calendar, which includes more post-game fireworks displays, giveaways and family-friendly events than ever before.
The season's first promotion - free tickets - will be available beginning March 25. Baseball fans can pick up vouchers at participating Wendy's locations across Southwest Florida for the first Friday game of the season on April 6, which will feature a pregame happy hour, in-game entertainment by the ZOOperstars characters and postgame fireworks.
Again this season, postgame fireworks shows will follow Friday night home games, as well as Opening Night (April 5) and Independence Day (July 4).
The Miracle have ramped up giveaways for the 2018 season, including five bobblehead nights: Brian Dozier (April 14), Joe Mauer (May 19), Jose Berrios (June 30), Torii Hunter (July 21) and Byron Buxton (September 1). Other freebies include a Miracle scarf on World Cup Night (June 9), team photo (July 20), free football tickets on College Football Night (Aug. 17) and Miracle Replica Jersey Night (August 18)
Additional family-friendly promotions have been added to the schedule, including Sway's Birthday Party (all kids get free ice cream on April 29), Princesses and Pirates Day (May 6), a School's Out Celebration (June 8) and Daddy-Daughter Date Night (June 18). On Sundays, children can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases following the game.
"Every year, Miracle fans look forward to seeing our promotions schedule, and this season has a lot of fun additions and giveaways," said Chris Peters, the Miracle's president and general manager. "Our game-day atmosphere at Hammond Stadium is one of the best in baseball, and we're happy to reward our loyal baseball fans with a little fun at the ballpark."
Some of the more notable early-season promotions include Constructive Criticism Night (April 10), whereby fans who issue a complaint about anything can earn free tickets. On Swipe Right Night (April 26), single fans can participate in speed dating activities.
Competitions worth checking out include a Hot Dog Eating Contest (April 14) and Grandma Beauty Contest (May 5).
Several occupations will be recognized during the season with Nurses Night (April 26), Lawyers Night (May 21), Realtors Night (June 4) and Educators Appreciation Night (June 7). Fans can represent their hometowns at Naples Night (May 5), Islands Night (May 9), Cape Coral Night (June 6) and Canada Day (July 1).
The Miracle will honor universities at several College Nights: FGCU (April 12 and August 30), FSW (April 26), Florida State (July 12), Florida (July 19) and Miami (August 2). Even the TV and movie industry has made the promotions calendar: Star Wars Night (May 4), Superhero Night (May 18), Jurassic Park Night (August 28) and Game of Thrones Night (August 31).
Appearances by the Zooperstars (April 6), Russian Bar Trio (June 8), a yet-to-be-named pro wrestler (July 20) and hometown heroes (August 3) are worth a second look. Bark in the Park, where dogs are permitted at the game, will be held five times (April 28, May 19, June 30, July 21 and August 18).
For a complete list of game-day promotions, please call the Fort Myers Miracle at 239-768-4210 or visit MiracleBaseball.com.
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