The Greeneville Astros have revealed their promotional schedule for the 2017 season. Fireworks, giveaways, and theme nights will return to provide fun for everyone out at the games.
"We're looking forward to another exciting year at Pioneer Park with some new and exciting giveaway items and plenty of opportunities for fans and groups to come to the ballpark", said Astros general manager David Lane.
The Astros will be lighting up the night sky with fireworks again this season. The first show will follow the Opening Night game against the Bluefield Blue Jays on June 22. On July 4th, fans can once again look forward to the Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Pioneer Park with the biggest fireworks show in East Tennessee presented by LandAir. Two more fireworks displays will follow on July 21 and August 4. Finally, the team will close out the season with a show following the season closer on August 28.
Fans will be treated to several exciting giveaway items this summer. To kick the season off, a magnet schedule presented by Takoma Regional Hospital will be handed out at the first game.
Two days later, on June 24, get ready to make some noise with a stadium horn presented by South State Contractors. The Legacy Fine Jewelers Collectible Fan will be given out the following Saturday, July 1.
Other giveaways will include sunglasses by Takoma Regional Hospital on July 15, a drawstring cape backpack on August 5 and a patriotic Fourth of July shirt, both presented by Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and a mystery autographed baseball on August 26.
On August 12, Laughlin Memorial Hospital will present the Astros annual Hometown Hero Bobblehead. This years will feature the Astros own mascot, Gizmo, who will bobble not from his head but from his belly.
The Astros will host several theme nights throughout the season for all fans to enjoy. The Third Annual Taste of Pioneer Park will be held on June 23. There will also be a Sunscreen Giveaway by the American Cancer Society and the Astros will welcome Life Care Center to Pioneer Park.
Get to the ballpark early on July 1 to hear the Caribbean Cowboys perform on Aloha Night. Laughlin Memorial Hospital will present Wellness Night along the concourse as a part of the Astros Fourth of July Celebration.
Fans in attendance on the fifth will enjoy Hunter Safety and Conservation Night. To finish off the homestand, get to the ballpark early on July 6 for some yoga in the park led be Love Yoga.
On July 15, the Astros will team up with Relay for Life and JD Metals for an American Cancer Society Night. Faith Night will return the following day with a pre-game concert.
The Astros will kick off a six-game home stand when local vendors are invited to set up information tables along the concourse for the annual Merchant Night on July 21.
On July 22, the Astros will once again host History Night with area museums and history groups set up along the concourse. In addition, as part of the night, the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball will promote living history by bringing the 19th century to life through baseball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s.
Be sure to bring toys for the Toy Drive benefiting Gifts for Kids on Christmas in July on July 23 presented by GreenevilleSun.com. The week of baseball is finished off when members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville/Greene County are invited to a game on July 26.
August brings another month of baseball and another six game homestand. Come out to a game on August 4th for Kidney Awareness Night by Fresenius Kidney Care and join the Astros in saying thanks to all volunteers with Volunteer Appreciation Night.
The thanks continues with Heroes Night on the fifth where all local law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, and other community heroes are invited out to Pioneer Park. The Astros will then say thank you to all active military and veterans with Military Appreciation Night presented by Apex Bank on the seventh.
Kids can party with Gizmo on August 12 as the Astros celebrate his birthday with cake, a birthday parade mid-game, and more. August 15th will host the only day game of the season with a start time of 11:30am. Take a lunch break at the park and get here early as Brights Zoo will have a special pre-game presentation.
The Astros celebrate school spirit in the second to last homestand of the year with University of Tennessee night on Sunday, August 20. The next night, high school students are invited out to show their school pride in a High School Challenge Night. The Astros then close the homestand with Tusculum College Night on Tuesday, August 22.
The final three home games of the season begin on Saturday, August 26 when the team will host their second Niswonger Children's Hospital Night with a specialty jersey auction following the game. The Tennessee Lottery brings Teacher Appreciation Night to Pioneer Park on August 27. The final game of the series, the Astros say thank you to the fans for another great season of support with Fan Appreciation Night.
Fans can also look forward to daily promotions every week for fun and savings. Five of the six Sundays at the park will feature "Greeneville Sun" Days where subscribers of the Greeneville Sun will receive discounted tickets.
Kids Club Mondays will feature discounted food and tickets for Kids Club members and Kids Run the Bases for all children in attendance after each Monday home game. Discounted drinks will be offered at the Tiki Hut for Monday Mug nights by Hyperion Grill.
Come out to Pioneer Park every Two Dollar Tuesday for discounted concessions, tickets, and more. Thirsty Thursdays will be back along with Dollar Dog Night each Thursday.
Pioneer Park will also host two non-game events during the season. The Astros 5K supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville/Greene County will be held the morning of July 22. Beginning in front of the stadium, the course runs through Tusculum College's campus and surrounding neighborhoods and ends with a lap along the warning track of Pioneer Park. Awards will be given for the top three finishers in each age group and every participant will receive a ticket to that night's game.
The Astros will once again partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville/Greene County for Skillz and Drillz at 10am on August 5. The Greeneville Astros coaching staff and players will be on the field to work with attendees on all basics of baseball such as fielding, catching, and pitching. The event is open to the public and free to all who attend. Pizza and drinks on the concourse will follow and everyone in attendance will receive a ticket to that night's game.
Opening day for the 2017 season will be June 22nd at Pioneer Park against the Bluefield Blue Jays. Full season, half-season, and mini-plan memberships are available for purchase now. The Greeneville Astros are the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. For more information, visit www.greenevilleastros.com or call (423) 638-0411.
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