Ballpark Digest announced on Wednesday that the Omaha Storm Chasers are the recipient of the publication's Best Marketing Campaign Award for the 2018 season, rewarding the Storm Chasers for their efforts in promoting the organization's 50th season in franchise history. Last week the Storm Chasers organization was also recognized as an Honorable Mention for the publication's 2018 Continued Excellence Award.
"Our staff worked incredibly hard for months to make our 50th season in franchise history special, so to receive this honor from Ballpark Digest is both humbling and rewarding," said Storm Chasers President and General Manager Martie Cordaro. "This honor is a testament to that hard work put in by our front office staff, especially Director of Marketing and Communications Kaci Long and her department. They deserve this recognition."
Among the highlights of the Storm Chasers' 50th season marketing campaign was the installation of the 16 foot tall by 80 foot long 50th Season Mural on the outside wall of the Bill Gorman Administrative Office, the 50th Season Bobblehead Series that featured five bobblehead giveaways of former players, with the five bobbleheads joining together to form the team's "O-Bolt" logo, and fan voting for the 50th Season All-Franchise Team. The 50th Season Bobblehead Series, featured nationally on MLB Network, consisted of five bobblehead giveaways of former Omaha players that when joined together formed the team's "O-Bolt" logo.
The Flashback Friday Jersey Series also featured Storm Chasers players and coaches wearing a different jersey from the organizations past 49 seasons over the course of five Friday home games in 2018, including the 1969 and 1985 Omaha Royals, 1999 Omaha Golden Spikes, 2010 Omaha Royals, and 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers. Throughout the season, the organization also hosted former players for Meet & Greets with fans during games, with stars such as Mike Sweeney, Jeff Montgomery and Frank White all returning to Omaha.
On July 20, the Storm Chasers celebrated the 50th home game of the 50th season in franchise history, with the special night beginning with the club announcing an extension of the Player Development Contract with the Kansas City Royals. In May, the organization also dedicated the administrative office in honor of the late Bill Gorman, who served as the franchise's general manager for nearly 30 seasons, in addition to dedicating the press box in honor of the late Steve Pivovar, who was the Omaha World-Herald beat writer and later an official scorer for the club.
Following the 2019 Royals Exhibition Game presented by Cobalt Credit Union on March 25, the Storm Chasers begin their 2019 regular season home slate at Werner Park on Tuesday, April 9 versus the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Ticket packages for the 2019 season are available. For more information, fans may contact the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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