Woodbridge, VA--The Potomac Nationals are thrilled to reveal their complete 2015 promotional schedule for the upcoming season as the club has outdone itself once again. A star-studded 2015 promo lineup includes 16 fireworks shows, countless premium giveaway items featuring five bobbleheads/figurines and multiple Mills Cup Championship commemorative pieces, numerous celebrity appearances, a host of game-used, autographed on-field jersey auctions, and a slew of theme nights and special events for the entire family.
P-Nats Baseball, the number one family-friendly entertainment option in Northern Virginia, will deliver the best promotional prowess in the history of the franchise for the Potomac Nationals' faithful at Pfitzner Stadium in 2015.
The Carolina League's defending champions will honor their fifth-ever Mills Cup Trophy by distributing replica 2014 championship rings (Opening Day on Thursday, April 9th) and a canvas photo of the Mills Cup Championship dogpile celebration (Saturday, May 30th) to P-Nats fans on separate giveaway nights.
The P-Nats' promo docket will unveil the following collectable bobblehead and figure giveaways in 2015: a Steven Souza Jr. "The Catch" figurine commemorating his no-hitter clinching web gem behind Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann on the final day of the 2014 regular season (Saturday, June 13th), a Michael Taylor "Flattop" Major League Debut bobblehead with faux hair (Saturday, June 20th), a Wilson Ramos hybrid half-man, half-buffalo "Buff-A-rine" (Sunday, July 5th), The Goonies 30th Anniversary "One-Eyed Willie" bobblehead (Saturday, August 1st), and a Ryan Zimmerman P-Nats bobblehead (Sunday, August 16th).
In 2015, the Potomac Nationals will produce a supplemented count on all bobbleheads and figurines to meet the amplified fan demand for this exclusive P-Nats memorabilia.
In recognition of the stellar play by IF Anthony Rendon with the Washington Nationals since his debut in 2013, the former Potomac National will be memorialized with a P-Nats jersey t-shirt giveaway (Saturday, May 9th).
Furthermore, Nationals fans have a quartet of replica jersey giveaways to look forward to which will feature reproductions of the P-Nats' home white (Friday, April 24th), alternate blue (Friday, May 29th), alternate red (Friday, July 17th), and road grey jerseys (Friday, August 14th).
The number one theme night to attend in all of Minor League Baseball will take place at the Home of the Potomac Nationals in 2015. Paying tribute to one of the most popular cult film classics of all time, the P-Nats are proud to host "The Goonies 30th Anniversary Night" on Saturday, August 1st featuring a post-game showing of The Goonies (1985) on the outfield video board. The Pfitz will be blanketed by Goonies-themed activities including a Goonies Treasure Hunt, Goonies Costume Contest, and Goonies Trivia. Famous child star actor, Corey Feldman, who played the role of Clark "Mouth" Devereaux in The Goonies will be on hand to meet and greet fans while signing autographs and posing for pictures. Feldman appeared in such fan-favorite motion pictures as Gremlins (1984), Stand By Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Fans in attendance will receive a one-of-a-kind "One-Eyed Willie" bobblehead upon entrance to The Pfitz. Plus, P-Nats players and coaches will wear Goonies-themed jerseys which will be signed and auctioned off on the concourse at The Pfitz. Additionally, any one-eyed fans will receive free admission to "Goonies Night."
The trademark event night of the 2015 season will be the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo with Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard & Team Ghost Riders on Friday, June 19th after a terrific reception to their exceptional performance in 2014. As seen on ESPN's E:60 program, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is an internationally recognized live animal entertainment act that features capuchin monkeys riding sheep dogs herding livestock. Lepard and Team Ghost Riders have performed at destinations around Minor League Baseball, and also at the home of the National Football League's Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Military Appreciation Night, a stamp of the Potomac Baseball franchise, will honor the armed forces community in Northern Virginia on Saturday, August 15th. WWE legend, Sgt. Slaughter will be at The Pfitz to sign autographs and take pictures with P-Nats fans while engaging the crowd throughout the evening of military family recognition. Fans will receive a Potomac Nationals camouflage t-shirt upon entering the ballpark on Military Appreciation Night.
Special game-used, on-field, autographed jersey auctions have been scheduled around Al Pacino Night on Pacino's birthday, Saturday, April 25th and Saturday Night Live Night on Saturday, May 30th. Al Pacino-related banter will be in the air while Pacino-specific activities and trivia are planned for the Pacino birthday bash, and SNL Night will bring with it a celebration of 40 years looking back at the sketch comedy and variety show touchstone. The designs for the unique, one-of-a-kind jerseys to be worn by Potomac Nationals players and coaches on these nights are yet to be released.
Make-A-Wish Mid Atlantic will once again be bringing children with life-threatening ailments out to Pfitzner Stadium for a majestic afternoon and evening of the P-Nats VIP Experience. The Make-A-Wish kids will get to meet and greet P-Nats players and coaches on the diamond, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nationals' ballpark, and engage in a special tribute in the middle of the game that night. The date for Make-A-Wish Night will be finalized shortly.
After "Promo of the Month" award recognition from Minor League Baseball in 2014, "Beard-A-Palooza, The Sequel" will be a part of the Nationals' 2015 promo plans (date to be determined). This hairy hallmark of the P-Nats' fan experience last season included the Beard Olympics, opening and closing Beard-A-monies, and the crowning of the Beard Olympics Champion. The fuzzy festivities will be back and better than ever.
The P-Nats will also be hosting tentative "body improvement" nights including Hair Removal Night, Tattoo Appreciation Night, and Skin Tag Removal Night. Dates will be finalized soon.
The Potomac Nationals will be inducting a former franchise player into the Potomac Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. The induction of the player will be announced during the 2015 season once Hall of Fame voting is complete. In 2014, LHP/OF Rick Ankiel was enshrined as the 10th member of the club's exclusive all-time Hall of Fame Class.
"Every season it gets more and more difficult to top the previous years. With that said, we feel the promotions in store for 2015 are hands above anything we have ever done and we will continue to pile on additional one-of-a-kind promos to give P-Nats fans the best possible ballpark experience all season long," said Potomac Nationals Executive Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.
To be determined past and present celebrities from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League are scheduled to make appearances at Pfitzner Stadium during the upcoming '15 slate.
The Potomac Nationals have confirmed these additional giveaway items are planned for the 2015 season:
-2015 and 2016 Magnet Schedules (2015: Friday, April 10th through Sunday, April 12th…2016: Saturday, September 5th through Monday, September 7th)
-2015 Team Photo (Saturday, April 25th)
-P-Nats Camping Stool (Saturday, July 18th)
-2015 Playoffs Rally Towels (Saturday, September 5th through Monday, September 7th)
Middle School Science Day with the Potomac Nationals is circled for Wednesday, April 15th and first pitch is set for 10:35am.
The Nationals have also announced four Scout Nights in 2015 for area boy scouts to camp out on the Pfitzner Stadium diamond and enjoy a post-game screening of a baseball movie while sleeping under the stars. Scout Nights will take place on Saturday, May 30th (6:35pm), Friday, June 12th (7:05pm), Saturday, July 18th (6:35pm), and Saturday, August 15th (6:35pm). A girl scout night for young ladies only is on the schedule for Friday, May 8th (7:05pm).
A pair of summer camp/day care games will be hosted on Thursday, July 9th, and Thursday, August 13th with both contests beginning at 12:05pm.
Theme nights for the 2015 season include: Osbourn Park High School Fundraising Night, Garfield High School Fundraising Night, Woodbridge High School Fundraising Night, Stonewall Jackson High School Fundraiser Night, C.D. Hylton High School Fundraising Night, DTQ Little League Night, Pioneer Baseball League Night, Greater Manassas Little League Night, Gainesville/Haymarket Baseball Night, Annandale/North Springfield Little League Night, SYA Baseball League Night, a quartet of Uncle Slam's Reading Program Days/Nights, Prince and Princess Night, Wing Fling IV, Man vs. Food III, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Food Truck Nights, Recycling Pays Nights, Adult Hockey Day, Youth Hockey Night, Hometown Brews Night, World Police & Fire Games Night, Faith Night, Martial Arts Night, HomeAid Northern VA Fundraising Night, Prince William Public Library Night, Jimmy Buffett Night, Halfway to St. Patty's Day, Bark in the Park Days, and many more!
A sprawling Father's Day celebration on Sunday, June 21st will witness the P-Nats pitted against their opposition wearing heroic "Batman" on-field jerseys while their opponent, the Carolina Mudcats (Atlanta Braves) will wear "Joker" villainized jerseys. All jerseys, which will be autographed, will draw bids on the stadium concourse through a silent auction. Pre-game activities just for P-Nats Dads will kick off the special day.
A Mother's Day event on Sunday, May 10th will pay tribute to all P-Nats Moms through the conduit of a flower distribution, wine tasting, customized raffle every inning, and much more.
The most exciting series of the 2015 season is Fourth of July Weekend from Saturday, July 4th to Monday, July 6th. P-Nats fans will be able to purchase "Food, Fireworks, & Fun" loaded tickets that include a pre-game picnic pass, a reserved ticket, and the biggest fireworks blast-off of the season.
A trio of Community Nights will don the 2015 schedule in which corporate partners distribute banks of complimentary tickets to their customers, clients, and employees. Community Nights at The Pfitz are scheduled for Thursday, June 18th, Thursday, July 16th, and Thursday, September 3rd.
Also, the P-Nats will be keeping the tradition of the annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game where members of the Prince William County Police Department battle against an area fire and rescue department. The date is to be scheduled.
The P-Nats' 2015 weekly promotional schedule has something for fans of all ages…
$1 General Admission Tickets and $1 Hot Dogs sponsored by: The Washington Post
TACOS-N'-TALL BOYS TUESDAYS:
2 GA Tickets, 2 Tacos, & 2 Large Domestic Beers for the Price of One
GA ticket with All-you-can-eat meal provided by P-Nats concessions and local restaurants
Discounted Drink Specials and Live Music presented by: Yellow Cab
PREMIUM GIVEAWAY FRIDAYS:
GIVEAWAYS! GIVEAWAYS! GIVEAWAYS!
FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS! co-sponsored by: WTOP & Federal News Radio + LIVE MUSIC! AND MORE GIVEAWAYS!
SUNDAY FAMILY PFUNDAYS:
Kids 12 and Under Eat Free, Pre-game Player Autograph Station, Kids Run the Bases, Catch on the Field, and Fireworks Shows in Second Half of Season
Second-half fireworks shows on Sundays are back in 2015 with all Sunday games after the Carolina League All-Star Break beginning at 6:05pm to be followed by a fireworks extravaganza.
Kids will have the opportunity to race the bases after every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday game during the 2015 season.
The ever-popular, Tennis Ball Toss will be running after all 70 games where fans will be able to rent tennis balls during the game to throw onto the field post-game in order to unlock prizes from corporate partners of the Potomac Nationals.
"This 2015 championship celebration year is dedicated to our ever so loyal and record-breaking fan base. On behalf of the Potomac Nationals, I look forward to a terrific season on and off the field as the P-Nats go for back-to-back Carolina League titles," said Olerud.
Opening Day 2015 at Pfitzner Stadium is set for Thursday, April 9th as the Nationals host the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians). First pitch is at 7:05pm.
Single game P-Nats tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale at the Potomac Nationals Open House event on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am. Fans may purchase individual tickets over the phone by calling 703-590-2311, online at www.potomacnationals.com, or in-person at the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office. Off-season box office hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
For Potomac Nationals 2015 season tickets, mini plans, group tickets, picnic outings, and corporate partnerships, call the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 or head to www.potomacnationals.com for more information.
The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and nine CL Northern Division Championships. The P-Nats are the defending Carolina League Champions after winning the 2014 Mills Cup Championship Series. Potomac Nationals 2015 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 season and beyond are available. Corporate outing reservations for the 2015 season to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz may be placed now as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnics. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 for more information!
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