FRESNO, CA - As part of the week-long unveiling of their Promotional Schedule, the Fresno Grizzlies today announced their complete lineup of premium giveaways for the 2010 season. Fans will be treated to mainstays like jersey t-shirts, baseball caps and team photos, will have a chance to collect unique bobbleheads and Webkinz, and even win cold hard cash.
Opening weekend brings with it a pair of giveaways. The first 2,000 fans through the gate on Kids Opening Day, a 1:05pm start on Saturday, April 17th, will receive a Webkinz Lil' Kinz. The popular interactive toys will make another appearance at Chukchansi Park the final weekend of the regular season.
Sunday, April 18th, the first 10,000 fans into the ballpark will receive a 2010 Magnet Schedule, presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages.
The Grizzlies wrap up a promotion-packed first homestand with a Team Photo giveaway to the first 2,500 fans at Chukchansi Park on Friday, April 23rd. The giveaway will be accompanied by traditional Friday Night Fireworks, as well as a team autograph session before the game.
The organization kicks off May with a Drag Kings T-Shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans to arrive on Saturday, May 1st. The Grizzlies' world-famous dancing grounds crew will be commemorated on a stylish T-shirt, presented by Ironworkers Local 155.
The following week, Saturday, May 8th, the first 2,500 fans will receive a Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Cap, presented by Ahart Benefit Insurance Services.
On Saturday, May 22nd the first 2,500 fans will receive a Catcher's Style Backpack, presented by Eye-Q Vision Care. The item is designed to look like a catcher's chest protector, but functions as a regular backpack, giving the biggest baseball fans a way to celebrate the game in everyday life.
The first 3,000 fans on June 5th will receive a "Grizzlies Greats" Collector Card Set, featuring some of the best players in franchise history, presented by Disabled American Veterans.
Usually you have to bring your own mitt to the ballpark. But fans will have a chance to take home their very own new glove, as Tickets.com presents a Baseball Glove giveaway Saturday, June 19th to the first 1,500 fans through the turnstiles.
As part of an increased fan participation element this season, fans will get to vote on the team's official website, FresnoGrizzlies.com, for their favorite 2010 Grizzlies player to be recognized on a Jersey T-Shirt, given to the first 2,000 fans through the gates on Saturday, June 26th. The shirt will replicate the Grizzlies grey road jerseys, and is presented by Central California Blood Center.
If gloves, hats and bobbleheads just aren't your style, there is still one giveaway in 2010 that everyone can get excited about. Mark your calendars on Saturday, July 17th for the Cold Hard Cash Giveaway, presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. The first 2,500 fans through the turnstiles will receive an envelope with anywhere from $1 to $1,000 inside, with a total of $7,500 to be given away at the game.
The bobbles are back, starting Saturday, July 31st with Buster Posey Bobblehead Night, presented by Bar-S Foods. The Giants' mega-prospect, rated by mlb.com as a top-five talent in all of the minor leagues, will be immortalized in bobblehead form, available to the first 2,500 fans in attendance.
Two weeks later, on August 14th, the Grizzlies will celebrate Parker Bobblehead Night, presented by Wendy's, as the first 2,500 fans at Chukchansi Park will receive a bobblehead featuring the Grizzlies beloved mascot. True to form, Parker will be commemorated amidst one of his most popular, crowd-pleasing skits: the infamous Mascot Evolution of Dance.
For the final giveaway of the season, the Grizzlies will again ask for the fans to get involved and vote for their favorite Webkinz Lil' Kinz, which will be given away to the first 2,000 in the park on Saturday, September 4th. Fans will be directed to the team's Facebook page to vote for the Webkinz pet they want to receive.
The 2010 Fresno Grizzlies Promotional Calendar is being released over the course of the next several days. Theme Nights and Theme Jerseys will be announced on Thursday and Celebrity Guest Appearances on Friday. Value-oriented weekday promotions will be announced next week.
The 2010 promotional lineup will continue to grow and evolve through Opening Day and into the season, and more fun theme nights and events will be added and announced in the future. Promotions are always subject to change.
The Fresno Grizzlies open the home portion of their 2010 campaign on Friday, April 16th when they welcome the Portland Beavers to downtown Fresno. Single-game tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale on Monday, March 15th at 9:00am. For information on season tickets or mini-plans, both on sale now, visit the new FresnoGrizzlies.com or call the Grizzlies front office at 559.320.HITS.
2010 Fresno Grizzlies Premium Giveaway Schedule
Saturday, April 17: Webkinz Lil' Kinz (2,000)
Sunday, April 18: 2010 Magnet Schedule (10,000), presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages
Friday, April 23: Team Photo (2,500)
Saturday, May 1: Drag Kings T-Shirt (2,500), presented by Ironworkers Local 155
Saturday, May 8: Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Cap (2,500), presented by Ahart Benefit Insurance Services
Saturday, May 22: Catcher's Style Backpack (2,500), presented by Eye-Q Vision Care
Saturday June 5: "Grizzlies Greats" Card Set, presented by Disabled American Veterans (3,000)
Saturday, June 19: Baseball Glove (1,500), presented by Tickets.com
Saturday, June 26: Jersey T-Shirt (2,000), presented by Central California Blood Center
Saturday, July 17: Cold Hard Cash (2,500), presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino
Saturday, July 31: Buster Posey Bobblehead (2,500), presented by Bar-S Foods
Saturday, August 14: Parker Bobblehead (2,500), presented by Wendy's
Saturday, September 4: Webkinz Lil' Kinz (2,000)
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