OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers will team up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to host the All-American Blood Drive from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The All-American Blood Drive aims to boost the supply of blood available in the state of Oklahoma in preparation for Independence Day weekend, as holidays often put stress on the area's blood reserve.
All healthy adults age 16* and older who donate blood during the drive will receive two tickets to an upcoming 2017 OKC Dodgers game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and 125 donors will have the opportunity to select tickets to the Dodgers' July 4 game against the Iowa Cubs. First-time donors will be entered in a raffle for a VIP experience with the OKC Dodgers, including four all-inclusive club tickets.
"Each summer the All-American Blood Drive helps maintain the necessary blood supply for our state during a busy time of year," OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes said. "We are grateful for everyone who comes out to donate and want to have them return to the ballpark and enjoy a game this season as a thank you for their generosity."
Hot dogs will be served throughout the blood drive and free parking will be available for donors Saturday in the Joe Carter Lot, located just east of the ballpark at the corner of East Reno Avenue and Joe Carter Avenue. A golf cart will be available to shuttle donors back to the parking lot from the donation site along South Mickey Mantle Drive.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth-largest non-profit blood center in America and employs nearly 800 Oklahomans. OBI works with an estimated 1,000 volunteers and 2,600 blood drive coordinators. OBI donors provide blood utilized in more than 160 medical facilities in Oklahoma.
The Dodgers open a home series tonight against the Nashville Sounds starting at 5:35 p.m. with the conclusion of a suspended game from April 21. The game will resume in the eighth inning tied, 1-1. The regularly scheduled game will then follow. Both games fall on a $2 Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, featuring $2 soda, bottled water and beer from a line of Pepsi and Budweiser products.
First pitch for Friday night's game is 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a pair of OKC Dodgers socks, presented by Topgolf. Fireworks are scheduled to follow the game. The series continues with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Sounds Saturday and then concludes at 2:05 p.m. on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday, offering family friendly activities throughout the afternoon, including pregame player autographs and kids can run the bases after the game.
Tickets are available through the OKC Dodgers box office on South Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering through okcdodgers.com.
*Donors age 16 must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission. Donors age 17 must weigh at least 125 pounds, while donors age 18 must weigh at least 110 pounds.