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Baseball Stadiums: Georgia’s Summer Promotions

  • Dudes Vs. Foods 2012

    credit Leslie Watts, Gwinnett Braves

Summer is right around the corner as the school year finishes with Memorial Day weekend, and that means baseball season hits full stride, too.  For parents and baseball fans looking for inexpensive and fun ways to spend their summer evenings, Georgia’s four minor league teams offer a variety of promotions.  Minor league baseball is known for regular promotions like “Thirsty Thursday” or “Two-for-One Tuesdays,” but I wanted to focus on some of the unique promotions and giveaways that provide fans with a real reason to attend a game.  Whether you want to check out your local team or make a road trip, there are tons of reasons for fans to flock to ballparks in Rome, Savannah, Augusta, or Gwinnett.  Here’s a rundown of the promotions (team-by-team):

 

Gwinnett Braves

 

Friday, May 24: Dudes vs. Foods Night

 

Saturday, May 25: Mini Bat Giveaway


Friday, June 7: Father’s Day Fun plus Post-Game Fireworks


Saturday, June 8: 5th Anniversary Bank Giveaway


Sunday, June 9: Public Safety Day / Touch-A-Truck


Friday, June 21: ‘80s Night / Powder Blue Jersey Auction


Saturday, June 22: Jason Heyward Bobblehead Giveaway


Thursday, July 4: Red, White, and Blue Thundersticks Giveaway plus Post-Game Fireworks


Friday, July 5: Beach Party


Saturday, July 6: Kris Medlen Bobblehead Giveaway


Friday, July 19: Outdoors Night


Saturday, July 20: Notebook Giveaway / Camouflage Jersey Auction


Friday, August 9: Football Night


Saturday, August 10: Craig Kimbrel Bobblehead Giveaway


Friday, August 16: G-Braves Baseball Cap Giveaway


Friday, August 30: Fan Appreciation Night plus Post-Game Fireworks


Four for the Road


Friday, May 24: Dudes vs. Foods Night.  If you’ve ever wanted to test your chops, or perhaps stomach, as a competitive eater tonight is your night.  Maybe you’ll take home the Yellow Mustard Belt!


Friday, June 21: ‘80s Night / Powder Blue Jersey Auction.  If you remember the Atlanta Braves playing in powder blue jerseys during the ‘80s with Dale Murphy patrolling the outfield and Bruce Benedict behind home plate, you will want to attend this game.  Following the trip down memory lane, fans can bid on game-worn throwback jerseys and own a piece of the 1980s.  Proceeds from the auction support Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.


Friday, July 5: Beach Party.  There’s no need to pile the family into the minivan and trek to the coast, you can make the trip to Lawrenceville and have the beach brought to you.  Themed contests will allow fans to experience the beach without the three-hour drive.


Saturday, July 20: Notebook Giveaway / Camouflage Jersey Auction.  If you don’t have enough camouflage in your closet, here’s your chance to watch the G-Braves play in camo jerseys and bid on them after the game.  I’m sure there will be some Duck Dynasty fans in attendance, too.  Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.


Savannah Sand Gnats


Thursday, May 23: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway

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Saturday, May 25: Girl Scout Night plus Post-Game Fireworks


Sunday, May 26: TailsSpin Bark in the Park


Tuesday, June 11: Marco’s Feed Your Face: All-You-Can-Eat Pizza


Friday, June 14: Sand Gnats T-Shirt Giveaway


Saturday, June 15: Boy Scout Night plus Post-Game Fireworks


Thursday, June 27: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway / Military Jersey Auction


Saturday, June 29: Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Night plus Post-Game Fireworks


Sunday, June 30: TailsSpin Bark in the Park


Thursday, July 11: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway


Friday, July 26: Johan Santana Bobblehead Giveaway


Sunday, July 28: TailsSpin Bark in the Park


Thursday, August 8: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway


Sunday, August 25: TailsSpin Bark in the Park


Four for the Road


Thursday, June 27: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway / Military Jersey Auction.  Admission is free for active duty or retired military personnel with an ID and the first 100 active duty service members will receive a free armed forces T-shirt.  The Sand Gnats will wear military-inspired jerseys that fans can bid on following the game.  Proceeds benefit local military charities.


Saturday, June 29: Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Night.  Not every promotion allows fans to leave the stadium with a new item.  Sometimes the promo focuses on local charities or promoting awareness, and that’s the case here.  Fans can kick off the day with the Home Run 5K Trot at 8 a.m. before the evening’s game.


Friday, July 26: Johan Santana Bobblehead Giveaway.  Most minor league teams honor former players who reached The Show with a bobblehead, but the Sand Gnats are doing something unique with this giveaway.  The team celebrates its affiliation with the New York Mets by honoring two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star Johan Santana with his own bobblehead, although he has never played for the team.


Sunday, August 25: TailsSpin Bark in the Park.  The last Sunday of each month fans can bring their family pooch to the park, and this is the last chance to bring your best four-legged friend to the stadium this season.


Rome Braves



Friday, May 31: Beach Towel Giveaway


Saturday, June 1: Mystery Bag Giveaway


Sunday, June 2: National Cancer Survivors Day


Friday, June 7: Ladies Night


Saturday, June 8: Appearance by Zooperstars


Friday, June 21: Retro Braves Night


Saturday, June 22: Parrot Head Paradise Night with Post-Game Concert: The Swinging Medallions


Thursday, July 4: Celebrate America Night plus Post-Game Fireworks


Friday, July 5: Appearance by BBoy McCoy


Friday, July 19: Craig Kimbrel Bobblehead Giveaway


Saturday, July 20: Post-Game Concert: Slippery When Wet


Friday, August 2: Appearance by Myron Noodleman


Saturday, August 3: Post-Game Concert: The Tams


Friday, August 16: Tribute to the King – Elvis Night


Saturday, August 17: Back to School Puzzle Giveaway plus Post-Game Fireworks


Four for the Road


Friday, June 7: Ladies Night.  Female fans will receive a night of pampering at the park.  So bring your mom, wives, girlfriends, or the cute girl at work and impress her with an opportunity to be pampered while watching the America’s Pastime.


Saturday, June 22: Parrot Head Paradise Night with Post-Game Concert: The Swinging Medallions.  Fans of Jimmy Buffet already picked up on the theme of tonight’s game, and fans can bid on the special Parrot Head Paradise jerseys the Braves will wear tonight.  After the game, fans can enjoy the sounds of The Swinging Medallions, the Party Band of the South.


Friday, August 2: Appearance by Myron Noodleman.  There are a variety of entertainers who visit minor league ballparks and arenas throughout the year, but everybody’s favorite nerd is among one of the best entertainers out there.  Tonight is your only chance to catch him at a game in Georgia this season.


Friday, August 16: Tribute to the King – Elvis Night.  Here’s proof that you don’t have to be in Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, as the Braves pay tribute to Elvis.  Enjoy music from Elvis along with King-themed trivia, and fans dressed as Elvis can enter a Look-a-Like contest.


Augusta GreenJackets


The GreenJackets take a different approach to promotions.  Instead of numerous giveaways or appearances that take place on almost any night of the week, the club reserves giveaways for Saturdays and highlights daily deals the rest of the week.  Here’s the rundown of daily deals followed by the Saturday night specials:


Mondays: Feed Your Face Mondays (All-you-can-eat on select items until 6th inning)


Tuesdays: Two-for-Tuesdays (Two-for-one pricing on soft drinks and draft beers)


Wednesdays: BI-LO Baseball Bingo (Play baseball bingo for prizes)


Thursdays: Thirsty Thursday ($1 soft drinks and $1 draft beers)


Fridays: Fireworks Friday (Post-Game fireworks show)


Saturdays: American Family Insurance’s Saturday Family Night (special giveaways)


Sundays: Kids Day! (Children under 12 can participate in pre-game and post-game activities)


Saturday, June 1: Tim Wakefield Statuette Giveaway


Saturday, June 8: Bark in the Park


Saturday, June 22: GreenJackets Baseball Cap Giveaway


Pablo Sandoval Statuette
Pablo Sandoval Statuette

Saturday, July 6: Appearance by the Inflatamaniacs


Saturday, July 20: Military Appreciation Night


Saturday, August 3: Pablo Sandoval Statuette Giveaway


Saturday, August 17: GreenJackets Team Photo Giveaway


Four for the Road


Saturday, June 1: Tim Wakefield Statuette Giveaway.  The club inducted former the


Boston Red Sox knuckleballer into its Hall of Fame this season, and honor him with a miniature statue.  The two-time World Series champion played for the club as a first baseman in 1989 in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system before converting to a full-time pitcher the following season.


Saturday, July 6: Appearance by the Inflatamaniacs.  Fans who watched last summer’s “America’s Got Talent” should remember the Inflatamaniacs.  The judges quickly booted the quartet, but fans can expect them to bring their best stuff to Lake Olmstead Stadium.  The diverse group makes its only scheduled appearance in the region tonight.


Saturday, July 20: Military Appreciation Night.  The club has not announced any special jerseys or promotions for the night, but with Fort Gordon just 25 minutes away from the stadium it is sure to be a special night to honor America’s armed forces.


Saturday, August 3: Pablo Sandoval Statuette Giveaway.  It cannot be easy miniaturizing a player nicknamed Kung Fu Panda because of his girth, but the GreenJackets have done it to honor another member of their inaugural Hall of Fame class.  Sandoval split time between first and third base while playing in Augusta during the 2006 season.  He has gone on to help the San Francisco Giants claim two World Series crowns, and earned World Series MVP honors during the 2012 Fall Classic.


Whether you hit the highways for a road trip or just visit your local ballpark, you’re now equipped with information about some of the most unique promotions coming to a stadium near you.  Enjoy some of the most cost-friendly family entertainment available and catch the stars of tomorrow in your own backyard!


 

 

 

Steven Ericson

Steven Ericson claims Pittsburgh, Pa., as his ancestral home, but grew up in Marietta. He loves baseball and getting his photo taken with team mascots. When not at a ballpark, you can find him visiting presidential sights and state capitols. Read his blog at geosteven.blogspot.com.

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