OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers return home for a three-game series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark during the second ¡Celebración Cielo Azul! of the 2019 baseball season.
The Dodgers will take the field as Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City as part of Minor League Baseball's "Es Divertido Ser Un Fan®" ("It's Fun to Be a Fan®") initiative when they host the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The MiLB campaign aims to celebrate each participating community's Hispanic and Latino fans, create a culturally relevant gameday experience and develop special alternative team identities for select games throughout the season.
In addition to Dodgers players and coaches taking the field wearing Cielo Azul jerseys and hats this weekend, the gameday environment during ¡Celebración Cielo Azul! will include Latin music, colorful and festive decorations, a Spanish-speaking public address announcer and bilingual game programs.
Specialty food items will be available for purchase at ballpark concession stands, including a Nacho Burger at Burgertopia, a Cuban Sandwich at Franx, Elotes at Smokies, Beef Tamales at Salsa and Crème-Filled Churros at Sweet.
Midwest City's Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. are scheduled to perform throughout the weekend.
Special Cielo Azul merchandise, including T-shirts and hats, is available in the OKC Dodgers Team Store located along the ballpark concourse behind third base, as well as online at shopokcdodgers.com.
First pitch for Friday night's series opener against San Antonio is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Latin-American singer and songwriter RC Manor from El Paso, Texas, is scheduled to perform a free pregame concert at the Bricktown Beach, located west of the ballpark along South Mickey Mantle Drive from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Friday. Manor won five awards at the 2019 Indie Music Channel Awards, including "Best Male Pop Artist" and "Song of the Year" for the song "Sun City Lovin."
Manor will also sing the national anthem at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark prior to the OKC Dodgers playing San Antonio Friday. Fireworks, presented by Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, are scheduled to follow the game.
On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will receive a Dodgers tumbler. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 6:05 p.m. game, which also falls on Faith and Family Night.
The evening culminates with a postgame concert by Jeremy Camp. The Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singer and songwriter will perform on the field following the game and the concert is free to anyone with a ticket to Saturday night's Dodgers game.
A 6:05 p.m. game on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday wraps up the series with family-friendly activities, such as pregame player autographs and postgame kids run the bases.
"Es Divertido Ser Un Fan" has more than doubled in size across MiLB for 2019, with 72 teams participating in the initiative's third season while competing for the Copa de la Diversión™ or "Fun Cup™." The trophy is awarded to the participating MiLB club that most successfully builds and expands connections within its local Hispanic and Latino communities throughout the season.
Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City was one of five finalists for the inaugural Copa de la Diversión last season. As a whole, MiLB's Copa de la Diversión was named one of four finalists for 2018 "Sports Breakthrough of the Year" by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily, a division of Street and Smith's.
The name Cielo Azul - translated to "Blue Sky" - was derived from three key factors: Incorporating the color blue, which is a key component of the Dodgers organization; the vibrancy of Oklahoma's blue skies, and the breadth of the diversity of Hispanic/Latino culture that resides under those skies; and as a tribute to Dodgers legendary pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who looked up at the sky during his windup.
OKC Dodgers and Cielo Azul game tickets are available through the OKC Dodgers ticket office located on South Mickey Mantle Drive, by phone at (405) 218-2182, or by visiting okcdodgers.com.
Live radio coverage of each game begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com and through the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.