Mr. Belding and Mary Ann headline Riders' 2017 theme nights

Tributes to Grease, Gilligan's Island, Game Shows and the 90's highlight theme-night promotions at Dr Pepper Ballpark

By Frisco RoughRiders | February 21, 2017 1:33 PM ET

The Riders unveiled their theme night schedule for the 2017 season highlighted by Retro Game Show Night, Tribute to Gilligan's Island Night, 90's Nite and Tribute to Grease Night.

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 21, 2017) - Ever wanted to be called into Mr. Belding's office? Where do you stand on the Ginger-Mary Ann debate? Remember when the T-Birds and Pink Ladies ruled Rydell High? And do you recall when the best of reality TV was The Newlywed Game?

If any of that rings a bell - or saves one - you'll want to be at Dr Pepper Ballpark this season.

The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, unveiled their theme night schedule for the 2017 season highlighted by Retro Game Show Night, Tribute to Gilligan's Island Night, 90's Nite and Tribute to Grease Night.

Retro Game Show Night hits Dr Pepper Ballpark on Saturday, July 15, featuring an appearance by Mr. Game Show himself, Bob Eubanks, along with specially-themed jerseys. Eubanks rose to fame in the 1960s hosting The Newlywed Game, a landmark show that exposed the hush-hush of the freshly married. Eubanks also helmed Rhyme and Reason, Card Sharks, Dream House, The Diamond Head Game, Trivia Trap and Powerball: The Game Show.

Tribute to Gilligan's Island Night docks Friday, July 21 with Dawn Wells, the original Mary Ann Summers, aboard. Gilligan's Island ran from 1964-67 before living for eternity in reruns, with 2017 marking the 50th anniversary of the final episode. The first 1,500 fans will receive free Gilligan-style RoughRiders bucket hats.

Saved by the Bell principal Mr. Belding, aka Dennis Haskins, makes a special appearance for 90's Nite on Saturday, Aug. 19. On the quintessential high school show of the 1990s, Haskins did his best to keep Zack, Slater, Kelly, Jessie, Lisa Turtle and Screech in line. Mostly, he didn't. Get back to school with a special backpack giveaway for the first 1,000 kids in (perfect) attendance.

Tribute to Grease Night races from Thunder Road to Dr Pepper Ballpark on Friday, April 21. Celebrate all things Sandy and Danny from the bonfire to the sock hop. And, yes, we haven't forgotten Grease 2 with Stephanie Zinone and her cool riders. Don't be left stranded at the drive-in on this summer night.

With each of these theme nights, fans have the opportunity to meet the celebrities as part of a free autograph session during the game. The celebrities will also participate in promotional activities before and during that night's game.

That's hardly all, as more than 30 theme nights are already planned. Other highlights include Strikeout Cancer Weekend (Friday-Sunday, June 2-4); Bark in the Park Nights (Sunday, April 23; Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 30); Take MEOW to the Ballgame (Sunday, May 21); Cinco de Mayo (May 5, Riders become Los Jinetes and mariachi bands perform); Faith Night with post-game concert (Saturday, July 22); State Fair Night (Friday, Sept. 1); and College Night (Saturday, Sept. 2).

Tickets for these theme nights, Opening Day on April 6, the Texas League All-Star Game on June 27 and all 70 regular-season home games will be available March 3, the same baseball returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark with the Frisco College Baseball Classic. Tickets for the Frisco Classic (March 3-5), featuring Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State are on sale now. A special Frisco Classic & RoughRiders 4 Pack includes four Frisco Classic Tickets, four RoughRiders Flex Tickets and four RoughRiders souvenirs for only $99.

For information on single-game tickets, season tickets and other ticket packages visit RidersBaseball.com, call (972) 731-9200 or stop by the RoughRiders Ticket Office.

About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing more than $7 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.

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