MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Redbirds will honor and celebrate the United States Armed Forces by sporting commemorative camouflage jerseys and local military unit hats for their 6:05 p.m. contest on Saturday, July 6 at AutoZone Park.
A Salute to Armed Forces Night-themed postgame fireworks extravaganza will conclude the special evening after the Redbirds face the cross-state rival Nashville Sounds.
Each Redbirds player and member of the coaching staff will be wearing a military hat with a patch representing a local service man/woman from the Mid-South currently deployed overseas. More information regarding each player's hat and its corresponding unit can be found at the link above.
"This Independence Day weekend, we wanted a special way to pay tribute to our local service men and women in America's game," said Redbirds Marketing Manager Erin O'Donnell.
"Having each player onfield to represent a different soldier was one small way we can remind those in attendance how much we owe our freedom to these individuals."
Jerseys will be available during the game for a silent auction and postgame during a live auction in the plaza. Select players are tentatively scheduled to be on hand during the postgame live auction.
Discounted tickets for military members and their families are available by calling (901) 722-0251. Ticket packages are currently on sale. Please visit the Redbirds website at www.memphisredbirds.com or call (901) 722-0299 for more information. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
About Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation: The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation is the first and only not-for-profit charitable organization in the United States to own and operate a professional baseball franchise, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. AutoZone Park - the finest ballpark ever built in the United States below the Major League level - is the home of the Redbirds and has served as the cornerstone of development in downtown Memphis. Incorporating the Memphis Redbirds as not-for-profit entity allows the community to own the team and facility. For the first time in history, Mid-South residents, corporate leaders and baseball fans are able to give back to the community - and at the same time enjoy first class entertainment - by supporting Memphis Redbirds Baseball.
About Global Spectrum: Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Memphis Redbirds, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.