(AKRON, OHIO) Aug. 4, 2017 - The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced its 2018 home schedule today, which features 70 dates at Canal Park, starting with the home opener on Friday, April 13 vs. Trenton Thunder at 6:35 p.m. The franchise's 22nd season in Akron and 21st year in Canal Park kicks off with a seven-game homestand from April 13-19 against Trenton and the Altoona Curve.
The 70-game home schedule features 11 Friday, 11 Saturday, and 11 Sunday home games. Akron will be home for two holidays-Mother's Day (May 13 vs. Erie SeaWolves, 2:05 p.m.) and Memorial Day (May 28 vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels, 1:05 p.m.). To celebrate the holidays, the RubberDucks will hold special fireworks shows on May 27 (6:35 p.m. vs. Richmond) for Memorial Day and July 3 (7:05 p.m. vs. Altoona).
There will be two back-to-back "Education Day" 10:35 a.m. day games in May-May 23-24 vs. Trenton. The other weekday day game is a 12:05 p.m. start on July 25 vs. Altoona.
"It's been another memorable season at Canal Park and our fan support continues to be incredible, and next year's schedule might be even better," said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. "The schedule is loaded with big weekend matchups, day games, and holiday dates, along with Canal Park's always-fun atmosphere, wacky promotions, and tons of fireworks-our fans are sure to love it!" said Pfander.
Canal Park will host appearances by all 11 Eastern League opponents, including three series each against Western Division rivals Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), and Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers), and two visits by the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals) and Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants). Eastern Division opponents Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) and Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) each visit Akron twice, and the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), and Reading Fightin' Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) each come to Canal Park once in 2018.
Each weekday game in April and May will begin at 6:35 p.m., while Saturday contests start at 2:05 p.m. in April, switch to 6:35 p.m. in May, and move to 7:05 p.m. June through September. All Sunday games will begin at 2:05 p.m., other than May 27 (6:35 p.m.) to accommodate special fireworks shows before Memorial Day.
The 2018 home schedule will once again have several family-friendly promotions, including post-game fireworks every Friday home game, and every Saturday home game in June, July and August. Every Sunday game will begin at 2:05 p.m. and will feature the popular Family FUNday activities, which includes a pre-game catch on the field and kids running the bases after the game.
For season tickets, the RubberDucks are currently taking non-refundable deposits at $125 per ticket for renewals and new seats. Deposits can be accepted via phone and box office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or during the remaining 2017 regular season. Online deposits will be accepted after the 2017 season.
A complete promotional schedule for the 2018 season will be released at a later date. Individual tickets will go on sale in the spring of 2018.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and defending Eastern League champions. The 2017 season is the franchise's 21st since moving to Akron and the franchise's 20th year at Canal Park. For more information about the team, please visit akronrubberducks.com, Facebook page facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks, Twitter feed @AkronRubberDuck, and Instagram at @akronrubberducks.