MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone have partnered to create the AutoZone Military Seating and a distinct Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) black seat at AutoZone Park to honor past and present United States military servicemembers.
"It is an honor to be able to recognize our military members and veterans, as well as bring awareness to the POW/MIA cause," said AutoZone Vice President and Redbirds Foundation chairman Ray Pohlman.
The AutoZone Military Section will contain 26 seats in the first three rows of section 106 adjacent to the Redbirds home dugout along the third base line. Seat one in row A of that section will be wrapped in black with the official POW/MIA logo on the seat with the writing "Reserved In Memoriam." That seat will not be available for purchase and remain empty.
Military personnel will receive 50% off seats located in the AutoZone Military Seating every game this season by presenting a valid military ID at the Redbirds box office.
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the 25th and final combat mission of the World War II B-17 bomber, the Memphis Belle, the Redbirds are giving away 2,000 Memphis Belle T-shirts on Veteran's Appreciation Night on this Saturday, May 25. Military personnel can receive discounted tickets for that night by calling (901) 722-0251. Fans can stay after the game to enjoy the first of two fireworks extravaganzas of the homestand set to music from the Big Band Era.
Fans can celebrate Memorial Day and enjoy a matinee game with a ticket and buffet pack as the Redbirds take on the Round Rock Express at 1:05 p.m. on Monday, May 27 at AutoZone Park.
Ticket packages are currently on sale. Please call (901) 722-0251 or visit the Redbirds website at www.memphisredbirds.com to order or for more information.
About Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation: The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation is the first and only not-for-profit charitable organization in the United States to own and operate a professional baseball franchise, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. AutoZone Park - the finest ballpark ever built in the United States below the Major League level - is the home of the Redbirds and has served as the cornerstone of development in downtown Memphis. Incorporating the Memphis Redbirds as not-for-profit entity allows the community to own the team and facility. For the first time in history, Mid-South residents, corporate leaders and baseball fans are able to give back to the community - and at the same time enjoy first class entertainment - by supporting Memphis Redbirds Baseball.
About Global Spectrum: Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Memphis Redbirds, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.