Thursday April 5th is Opening Night for the Hagerstown Suns and the beginning of the Washington Nationals era. The Suns open their season at home on Thursday versus the Hickory Crawdads (Pirates affiliate) at 6:35 p.m. Once again the promotional schedule is full of new and returning promotions. Highlighting the promotional schedule are fourteen of the Tri-State area's best fireworks shows as well as twelve premium giveaway nights, including four bobbleheads - one of Washington County's own favorite author.
Two of the bobbleheads feature a continuation of the Suns successful "Scholastic Heroes" bobblehead series which began in 2005. On May 8th, James Buchanan Middle School will honor Mr. Rahauser. North Hagerstown High will pay tribute to Coach Greg Slick as the Suns give away 800 bobbleheads of Coach Slick on May 25th. Citi is once again sponsoring a patriotic bobblehead on July 4th as the Suns give out 1,000 bobbleheads of our very own lovable mascot Woolie. The highlight of the bobblehead promotion for most fans will occur on July 6th as Washington County's own Nora Roberts will be in attendance for a third consecutive year as the Suns honor Ms. Roberts with a bobblehead of the best-selling author.
Bring the family to dinner this Sunday, April 8th as the Suns prepare our Wolf Furniture Picnic Patio for Easter Dinner. For $12 per person fans can enjoy a Suns game and have ham, potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and ballpark staples - peanuts, chips and soft drinks. There is no minimum group size, but space is limited. Following the game, all kids 12 & under are invited to participate in an on-field Easter Egg Hunt to try and find 1,000 eggs!
The wacky promotions that have gained the Suns national recognition in recent years will also continue. The first day of Shorebird Hunting Season is all set for April 27th as the Suns and intrastate rival Delmarva Shorebirds meet for the first time in 2007.
Instead of a having a "snow day", Suns General Manager Will Smith will personally sign a permission slip for adults to take a "Suns Day" and play hooky from work on Wednesday, May 2nd for the 12:05 p.m. start of "Happy Smiles Suns Day."
On Friday, May 11th the Suns will host "Donald vs. Rosie Night" at the ballpark. Fans will be able to cast their vote prior to the game for the celebrity they feel is superior to their rival. To vote fans will need to purchase a pink ribbon commemorating our breast cancer awareness weekend celebration. All the proceeds will go to a local breast cancer awareness organization.
The very next day the Suns will wear pink jerseys for the second consecutive year and fans will have a chance to bid on their favorite player's jersey in the "Shirt Off Our Backs" Jersey Auction. The same night will also feature "Everybody's A Winner Night!" There are no second place fans and the first 500 people will receive awards just for being a person. On Sunday, May 13th, the Suns are giving away baseball caps to the first 1,000 fans. The caps are also designed to help raise awareness of breast caner.
Other Suns promotions include:
Celebration of the 150th anniversary of factory made Toilet Paper
Who is the real McDreamy?
Third Annual National Egg Toss Championships
Summer Six Pack - chance to win a VIP trip to see the Phillies play the Nationals if you attend the six consecutive games that the Suns play the BlueClaws (June 4-5-6 & 11-12-13)
Suns-Nationals Jersey Replica Pencil/Pen Holder Giveaway
Italian Heritage Night
Since everyone loved the 100th Birthday of the "Hot Dog" in 2006, we're celebrating the 101st Birthday this season
"Mary Ann Summers or Ginger Grant" Night
Suns Plunger Giveaway
"Christmas in September"
Other promotional features include the following Suns daily promotions:
Mondays - "Feed-Your-Face Mondays" - All you can eat all night long and your game ticket for only $10.
Tuesdays - "Senior Tuesdays" - Seniors receive admission for only $2.
Bingo Tuesdays, baseball bingo and free prizes every Tuesday
Wednesdays - "Kids Eat Free Wednesdays" - Any child paying for a full-price General Admission ticket at the ticket booth ($5) will receive a FREE hot dog, popcorn, drink and candy box.
Thursdays - "Thirsty Thursdays" - All draft beers are just $1.25 in 2007
Ladies Night, all women can enter at Fan Services to win prizes from our Ladies sponsors
Fridays - "Friday Night Fireworks" - The Tri-State's Best Fireworks show is at Municipal Stadium following eight Friday home game!
Saturdays - "Give-a-way Sat-a-Days" - The Suns best premium item giveaways are on Saturday nights!
Saturday Night Fan Broadcast - try your hand at broadcasting in the Cool 95.9 Fan Broadcast Booth
Sundays - "Family Sundays" - 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 4 popcorns - get this $60 value for only $30 with the Herald-Mail coupon printed in Saturday & Sunday's paper.
"Suns Story Time", prior to each Sunday game, Suns players will read to kids ages 1-7 on the field.
"Kids Run the Bases", all kids are invited to run the Bases on-field after each Sunday home game.
"Suns on Sundays", different Suns players will be available before the game to sign their own photos.
For a COMPLETE list of Suns promotions, please visit the Suns website at www.hagerstownsuns.com.
The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Suns' home opener is April 5th against the Hickory Crawdads, and the season runs through September 1st.
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