PEORIA, IL - With opening day six weeks away the Peoria Chiefs have set theme nights with VIP appearances, specialty jersey auctions, post-game concerts and more.
The Chiefs 2017 promotional schedule features five theme nights with specialty jerseys worn by Chiefs players during the game and auctioned for charity. The Chiefs will wear a Military themed jersey on both May 20 (Armed Forces Night) and the Salute to the USA presented by Cian on July 4. The jerseys will be auctioned during the 4th of July game. The annual Star Wars night will include a Star Wars themed jersey on Friday, June 16 along with character appearances by the 501st Midwest Garrison. The Chiefs will wear throwback Peoria Distillers jerseys on June 29 as part of Distillers night that will include the team playing under the Distillers name for one game. Jimmy Buffett Night is on Saturday, July 15 and features a Hawaiian themed jersey. The final jersey auction will be on Sunday, August 27 to auction off the light blue Chiefs throwback jerseys worn for every home Sunday game.
The 2017 season features numerous nights with special guests making appearances at Dozer Park. There will be two WWE Nights at Dozer Park in 2017 with former stars signing autographs and throwing first pitches. The first one on Thursday, June 8 will feature Jim "Hacksaw" Duggan and the second on Thursday, August 10 features "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Princess and Pirates Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 16 with appearance by Frozen's Elsa and Anna along with pirates as well. Sunday, August 11 is Princess Day with appearances by Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel and Snow White.
There will be two Super Hero theme nights for the 2017 season as well. Super Hero Night is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 with appearances by Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash. Super Villain Night is scheduled for Friday, August 18 with appearances by The Joker, Harley Quinn and more to be announced late.
Faith and Family Night is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 and features a post-game Christian concert by Jason Gray who returns to Dozer Park. Dueling Pianos will return to Dozer Park with in-game performances and post-game concerts on Friday, June 9 and Friday, July 28. Wednesday, July 26 will be Christmas in July at Dozer Park with an appearance by Santa Claus. Pink in the Park Night present by Susan G. Komen is scheduled for Friday, August 25.
Three weekends are set to honor the history of the Peoria Chiefs franchise during the 2017 season. The first is Cardinals/Cubs rivalry weekend as the Chiefs host the South Bend Cubs May 11-13. The series will be full of events honoring the two franchises that have called Peoria home as an affiliate in 33 of the 35 years of the franchise's existence. The June 9-11 weekend is dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the Chiefs 2002 Midwest League Championship team with 2002 themed giveaways at each game. The July 28 game kicks off the Peoria Chiefs 35th Anniversary weekend at Dozer Park.
Tickets and Promotions:
Season ticket packages, including full-season, a 35-game ticket package, an 18-game ticket package, a Flex Plan or Pick-Six Plan are currently on sale by calling 309-680-4000.
Remaining promotions, giveaways and theme nights will be announced in the next two weeks. All game times and promotions are subject to change throughout the offseason. Fans can keep up with all Chiefs news during the offseason online at www.peoriachiefs.com and on twitter: @PeoriaChiefs
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