KINGSPORT, TN. -The City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Mets are joining forces on Sunday, June 25th in the celebration of both opening day at Hunter Wright Stadium and the city's centennial. With an action-packed Sunday afternoon designed around nine innings of baseball, all ages are surely to enjoy.
Celebrating in true centennial fashion, this special home opener includes a single-game name change in which the club will be known as the 'Kingsport Spirit' in all references throughout the game.
Players and coaches will sport special, one-time-only jerseys that showcase various images of Kingsport through the years. Starting at the third inning of the game, fans will have an opportunity to buy a game-worn jersey for $100, while supplies last.
Proceeds from the jerseys will go to the Kingsport Archives. This department has been instrumental in the celebration of 2017 as well as providing photographs for the centennial jerseys. Other centennial merchandise will also be available and even giveaways will occur between innings.
Pregame festivities include Kingsport Mayor John Clark throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, and he, on behalf of the city, will receive a ceremonial bat signed by the Kingsport Mets. Also, Carla Karst, a Kingsport native, will sing the national anthem.
Appropriately so, this game is also the City of Kingsport Employee Appreciation Night, recognizing and showing appreciation for all the hardworking and dedicated individuals that serve our city.
"Everyone loves baseball, America's pastime," says Mayor Clark. "The K-Mets sharing opening day with the city is another example of why we know Kingsport is a special place with special people."
Opening day is Sunday, June 25th against the Johnson City Cardinals. First pitch is slated for 4pm with gates opening at 3pm. Hunter Wright Stadium is located at 800 Granby Rd, just off Stone Drive.
For more information regarding promotions, ticket sales or the 2017 Kingsport Mets, visit the club online at www.kmets.com or follow on Twitter at @Kingsport_Mets.
For more information regarding Kingsport's Centennial and other upcoming events, please visit www.kingsport100.org.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.