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South Bend Cubs Announce 2023 Theme Nights

The upcoming schedule features popular theme nights like Dino Day expanded and the return of the South Bend Silver Hawks.
March 3, 2023

UPDATE: Sixteen giveaways will round out the 2023 promotional schedule. Click on the links below for tickets: - April 11 – 2023 Magnet Schedule, presented by Bonni Menting State Farm & U93 (first 2,000 fans) - April 12 – Championship Flag (first 1,000 fans) - April 16 – Championship Blanket,

UPDATE: Sixteen giveaways will round out the 2023 promotional schedule. Click on the links below for tickets:

SOUTH BEND, IN – As the countdown to the start of the 2023 season continues, the South Bend Cubs have announced their promotional theme night schedule. Last month, the Cubs announced single game tickets going on sale on March 8 at 10:00 a.m. and their weekly promotions (available here).

As previously mentioned, there will be 16 firework nights, along with 11 chances to win a 50-inch smart TV, $500 cash, or other great prizes on Spin to Win Saturdays. The schedule kicks off with a special celebration of the 2022 Midwest League Championship team on Opening Night, Tuesday, April 11.

Based on fan feedback from last season, some of the most popular days have been moved to summer dates and expanded to full weekend events. Dino Day becomes Dino Weekend as Ed’s Dinosaurs Live returns with his cast of prehistoric animals taking over Four Winds Field on June 24 and June 25. Life sized dinosaurs will greet fans as they enter the ballpark along with rideable dinos for kids, fossil displays, and even a 25-foot-tall brontosaurus in the outfield!

It’s an action-packed weekend July 22 and 23 as Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond and Marvel Super Hero™ Day bring your comic book heroes to life. There will be a special appearance by Spiderman on July 22 followed by Ant-Man on July 23. Last October, the Cubs debuted a Marvel inspired logo that will be featured on team jerseys and new merchandise. Fans are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero with a special costume contest each day.

It’s Revenge of the 8th with Star Wars Night on July 8. Celebrate the iconic franchise with special appearances by Star Wars Costume Clubs the 501st Garrison and the Taakure Clan of Mandalorian Mercs. The Cubs will also wear special jerseys.

In addition to the fan favorite themes, new promotions will debut in 2023.

The Cubs are partnering with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for two big events this season. Indy 500 Night speeds to Four Winds Field on Thursday, May 4 and Brickyard 200 Night will be held on Thursday, August 3. Both nights will feature a special vehicle appearance, in game contests, and race ticket giveaways. Special appearance to be announced at a later date.

Throwback Thursday takes a whole new meaning as the South Bend Silver Hawks return for two nights only, May 25 and August 24! The Cubs will wear throwback Silver Hawks uniforms, presented by CareSource and celebrate the popular team moniker that ran from 1994 – 2014.

Continuing their celebration of Latino culture, the South Bend Cubs will once again become Los Cabritos Maldichos in 2023 presented by the Indiana Donor Network. Dates include April 29, May 26, June 23, July 9, and August 27. In partnership with La Casa de Amistad, select games will include performances by the Tierra Viva Mexican Folkloric Dance Group, a mariachi band, Latin inspired fireworks shows, and popular Latino food items.

Additional theme and group nights include:

  • April 15 – Sensory Friendly Day presented by Lighthouse Autism Center
  • April 27 – Tri Campus College Night
  • May 3 – Education Day (11:05 a.m. first pitch)
  • May 6 - Beneficiary Day presented by the Hoosier Lottery
  • May 7 – Mother’s Day Celebration presented by Indiana WIC
  • May 24 – Education Day (11:05 a.m. first pitch)
  • May 27 & 28 – Military Appreciation Nights
    • Active duty and military veterans receive two free tickets to the game with Military ID
  • June 7 – Teacher Appreciation Night presented by Jordan Automotive
    • Teachers and school administrators receive two free tickets with school ID
  • June 10 – Clark the Cub Appearance
  • June 11 – Father’s Day Celebration presented by Indiana WIC
  • June 20 – PBS Kids Day featuring Donkey Hodie
  • June 22 – Pride Night
  • July 4 – Independence Day Celebration
  • July 18 – Be My Neighbor Day featuring Daniel Tiger
  • July 19 – Camp Day (12:05 p.m. first pitch) presented by CareSource
  • July 20 – Craft Beer Night
  • July 21 – Girl Scout Night presented by Indiana Donor Network
  • August 4 – Scouts BSA Night presented by Indiana Donor Network
  • August 5 – Fallen Heroes Night presented by Midland Engineering
  • August 6 – Faith and Family Day
  • August 22 – Back to School Night
  • August 26 – Motorcycle Madness
  • September 9 & 10 – Fan Appreciation Weekend

About the South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs are the High-A affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 34 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2022, and has captured nine division titles. In 2022, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best High-A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest, having also won the award as a Low-A ballpark in 2017. In 2019, the South Bend Cubs hosted the final Midwest League All-Star Game. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill.