FRISCO, Texas (March 2, 2018) - The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have unveiled the BIGGEST promotional schedule in baseball history, complete with historic bobbleheads, exciting theme nights, celebrity appearances and much more!
The RoughRiders are celebrating the franchise's 15th Anniversary Season with 35 theme nights, 25 giveaways, 21 fireworks shows and seven previously-announced celebrity guest appearances over the course of 70 games at Dr Pepper Ballpark, beginning Opening Night, Thursday, April 5. The 15th Anniversary will be commemorated throughout the season, and during a special 15th Anniversary Celebration Weekend from Aug. 3-5, featuring former RoughRiders players returning to Frisco, the announcement of the all-time Riders team, special video tributes and more.
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A Mt. SLUGmore Bobblehead that pays homage to all-time franchise favorites Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Chris Davis and Joey Gallo is just part of the amazing 15th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. Mt. SLUGmore will be handed out to the first 1,500 fans through the Dr Pepper Ballpark gates on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Celebration Weekend also includes two additional giveaways - a Riders Dream Team T-shirt (first 1,500) on Friday, Aug. 3 and a Riders Dream Team Card Set (first 2,000) on Sunday, Aug. 5.
The bobblehead brigade is also highlighted by a former Riders great, as the first 1,500 fans receive an Elvis Andrus "The King" Bobblehead on Saturday, July 14. Another favorite for RoughRiders fans will be the Jose Trevino Double Golden Glove Bobblehead (first 1,500 fans) on Friday, Aug. 31, honoring the 2017 Riders' backstop and recent addition to the Texas Rangers 40-man roster.
Bobblehead giveaways are never complete without two commemorating the Riders' "Ambassador of Fun" Michael Gruber, aka Grubes, aka @tweetgrubes. The Grubes "King of the Throne" Bobblehead drops on Thursday, July 12 for a special 250 fans (details to come). A second Grubes' bobble, a "Jumped the Shark" version, will be released on a future date to be announced.
The season opens with a bang Opening Night, Thursday, April 5, as the first 1,500 fans receive a Riders 2018 Season T-shirt, and it doesn't stop there. Riders 2018 Magnet Schedules and Schedule Posters follow on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, respectively (first 2,000). Additional giveaway highlights include "Los Jinetes" T-shirts (May 5, first 1,500), Military T-shirts (May 19, first 1,500), Get Fit Night pedometers (June 15, first 1,500) and get an early jump on Father's Day with RoughRiders Socks for Dads (June 16, first 1,500 men 18+). And don't go Back to School without picking up your free Riders Backpack on Aug. 18 for the first 1,000 kids 12 and under, courtesy of Bluewood.
The Riders are wearing seven specially-themed jerseys over nine games in 2018. The players get in on the action for Players Night, Saturday, July 14, as they get to choose nicknames to go on their jerseys in lieu of last names. Cinco de Mayo jerseys were a hit last year, and this year's design will be a scorched-red "Los Jinetes" edition on Saturday, May 5. Other theme jerseys include Military (Saturday, May 15), Strike Out Cancer (June 1-3), First Responders Night & Community Night (Saturday, June 30) and Dude Perfect (Friday, July 20) and State Fair (Saturday, Aug. 25).
A sampling of the other special theme nights include Jurassic Park Night (Friday, April 20), Game of Thrones Night (Friday, July 13), Star Wars Night (Friday, Aug. 17) and State Fair Night (Saturday, Aug. 25). Other highlights for 2018 include 11 Deep Ellum Brewing Party @ The Yard on Thursday nights, and 21 total Fireworks Shows this season falling on Fridays, Sundays starting in June, Opening Night (April 5) and July 3.
Daily Specials also return for 2018:
Kids Eat Free Monday: Each kid (12 & under) receives a voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a Dr Pepper product or water
Taco Tuesday: Enjoy $2 tacos all game long, plus select $3 beers and half-price margaritas (6-8 p.m.)
Weiner Wednesday presented by Texas Chili Company: $1 hot dogs all game
Deep Ellum Brewing Party @ The Yard AND Thirsty Thursday: Join us for the BIGGEST party in North Texas, plus enjoy $1 domestic draft beer, $2 crafts, mixed drink specials and $1 Dr Pepper products
Fireworks Friday: Fans are welcome on the playing field post-game for an incredible fireworks show
Saturday Post-Game Party: Live music and drink specials in the Bull Moose Saloon
Kids Sunday Funday: Pre-game catch on the field for kids and their parents/guardians (up to 35 minutes prior to first pitch) and $1 ice cream sandwiches all game
Tickets for these special games, along with tickets for all 70 RoughRiders' home games, go on sale at the Riders Ticket Celebration on Friday, March 2 at 9 a.m. at the RoughRiders box office. Tickets are also available at that time online at RidersBaseball.com.
The RoughRiders open the franchise's 15th Anniversary Season on Thursday, April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark by throwing the biggest party in North Texas - the Deep Ellum Brewing Party @ the Yard. Season ticket, group and hospitality packages are now available by calling (972) 731-9200, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting RidersBaseball.com.
About Dr Pepper Ballpark
Nearly half-a-million fans attended RoughRiders games at Dr Pepper Ballpark during the 2017 season, marking the 13th consecutive season that the RoughRiders led both the Texas League and Double-A Baseball in attendance. Overall, more than 750,000 people attended events at Dr Pepper Ballpark in 2017. The RoughRiders bring visitors to Frisco from around the country with several high-profile events at Dr Pepper Ballpark, such as the extremely successful 2017 Texas League All-Star Game; the Frisco College Baseball Classic, a premier early-season tournament featuring four top collegiate programs; and Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, which has raised $4 million for the Heroes Foundation over the last 15 years; and the Dallas Cowboys' annual Reliant Home Run Derby. Dr Pepper Ballpark is available for meetings, corporate events and other private outings on a year-round basis.
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 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). 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.