Lugnuts welcome 8,000,000th fan

By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler | September 1, 2016 3:35 PM ET

LANSING, Mich. - On Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium, the Lansing Lugnuts welcomed Bill Johnston, their 8,000,000th fan and Michigan Lottery Lucky Lugnut!

Bill and his wife, Jenny, were greeted at the East Gate with a massive balloon drop, confetti cannons and a prize pack from the Lansing Lugnuts and the Michigan Lottery.

"1996 was not so long ago," said Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser, "but 8,000,000 fans and counting speaks for itself. We're proud to thank and celebrate Bill, Jenny and you, the millions of fans who have supported us."

Bill and Jenny Johnston were part of a crowd of 4,704 that watched the Lugnuts push past the Bowling Green Hot Rods, 3-1.

The Lugnuts play the Hot Rods at 7:05 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, closing out their regular season home schedule. Tonight is a Labatt Thirsty Thursday Gone Wild celebrating St. Patty's Day in September with $2 beers and half-off craft brews. Friday night is Fan Appreciation Night featuring a team autograph session, prize giveaways and postgame LAFCU Fireworks.

Tuesday, September 6th, is the Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-Owners Insurance between the Lansing Lugnuts and Michigan State Spartans, with a commemorative baseball cap giveaway to the first 2,000 fans, $2 beers and drink specials, and a pregame Home Run Derby starting at 5:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets or request more information, visit the stadium box office, located at 505 E. Michigan Ave., calling (517) 485-4500, or go online to


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