The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will don unique specialty jerseys reminiscent of Michael Jackson's outfit in the iconic Thriller video when the IronPigs host the Pawtucket Red Sox for 80's Night on Thursday, July 24, at Coca-Cola Park. The specialty jerseys presented by Brown Daub Kia will be auctioned off during that night's game with proceeds benefitting The COCO Foundation -- a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to individuals, families, and friends who have been impacted by pediatric cancer.
"No artist is more synonymous with the 1980s than the King of Pop," remarked IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "We are excited to celebrate the career of Michael Jackson with these chart-topping jerseys while also raising awareness and funds for The COCO Foundation."
Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 13-minute music video for the song of the same name released in December of 1983. Thriller proved to have a profound effect on pop culture and was voted the most influential pop music video of all-time for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the "most successful music video", selling over nine million copies. In 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.
In addition to the Thriller-inspired jerseys, other promotions and activities are planned for 80's Night, including the playing of all nine tracks from the Thriller album, counting all 7 singles which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Thriller is the best-selling album of all time with well over 42-million copies sold.
Every Thursday home game is a Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays Ladies Night and features a pre-game Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. where fans can enjoy 1980's prices with $2 drafts and $1 hot dogs.
Fans can bid on their favorite player's jerseys from anywhere with the easy-to-use Qtego service that allows fans to place bids, receive notifications when outbid and check the status of their item via text messages on their mobile phones. Fans without texting access can even call in their bid after registering their phone at Coca-Cola Park.
Register your phone from anywhere in the U.S. by texting "Pigs" to 79230. Detailed instructions on how to place your bid will be made available at ironpigsbaseball.com on July 23.
Winning bidders of the jerseys will have the opportunity to go on the field immediately following the game to have their jersey autographed. Please note that the on-field jersey signing will only occur with the home team jerseys. Bidders not in attendance at Coca-Cola Park can either pick up their signed jersey at a later date or have it mailed directly to them.
Great seats are still available for this game and all upcoming games and can be purchased in-person at Coca-Cola Park (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or online by clicking here. Make sure to inquire about some of our newest seating areas, including the "Hot Corner" and the "Bacon Strip", which offer IronPigs fans the most unique and distinctive seating and hospitality areas in all of Minor League Baseball.
Fans are reminded that there are three entry points for parking and are encouraged to use the Dauphin Street entrance when traveling from downtown Allentown. In addition to the Dauphin Street entrance, entry to Coca-Cola Park can be gained off American Parkway and Union Boulevard. Preferred/Handicapped Parking access is available via American Parkway only.
The cost of parking in Coca-Cola Park's "Pig Tail Porking Spaces" is $3 per vehicle for all IronPigs home games.
Single-game tickets, mini-plan packages and group tickets for all IronPigs home games presented by Capital BlueCross, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Coca-Cola Park Ticket Office, online at www.ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 841-PIGS.
Don't forget to ask about the four-person "islands" in the Red Robin Oasis located directly above the left field bullpens. Each island is covered underneath a thatched roof and includes a circular half-table, cocktail-style seating for the four fans in the party and wait service.