The Hickory Crawdads, South Atlantic League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have announced their 2012 Promotional Schedule for the upcoming 20th Anniversary Season! The fun kicks off with the 'Dads Home Opener,
presented by 1290 WHKY, on Thurs., April 12 against the Asheville Tourists at 7 p.m. That night will be the first Thirsty Thursday of the season, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, as well as Sneak Peek Night!
Then, the 'Dads will light up the sky with the Grand Opening Fireworks Extravaganza on Fri., April 13 at 7 p.m., presented by Crowne Plaza, Mister Tuxedo, and The Big Dawg 92.1 FM.
Opening Weekend continues on Sat., April 14 with Eric Church Bobblehead Giveaway and a 6 p.m. First Pitch. The first 1,000 fans with a paid admission that night will receive a bobblehead of the country superstar and Granite Falls native, courtesy of Galaxy, Ragu, and KICKS 103.3 FM. Gates open at 5 p.m. - be sure to get there early to get your Eric Church Bobblehead!
On Sun., April 15, it's Poster Schedule Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans with a paid admission at the ballpark, presented by True2Form, Hickory Printing Solutions, and WNNC 1230 AM. All fans can also take part in Post-Game Catch on the field, presented by Countryside Pet Hospital! Additionally, it will be Faith and Family Day with a pre-game performance by Arms of Mercy from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. prior to the 5 p.m. First Pitch.
Mon., April 16 is the 20-year anniversary of the very first Crawdads home game in 1993. To celebrate the momentous evening, the Crawdads are letting all fans in for FREE on that Monday. First Pitch is 6 p.m. against the Kannapolis Intimidators, with gates opening at 5 p.m.
The FUN won't stop with the Opening Weekend festivities, as the 'Dads have a full line-up of great promotions all season long! First and foremost, Friday Fireworks are back! Every Friday throughout the season (excluding April 27 and May 11), the Crawdads will host the best fireworks show in the area after the game!
The 'Dads will also be home again on Independence Day this year, and will celebrate our nation's birthday with the ultimate 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Wed., July 4. Tickets for the 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza will be available on Sat., March 10 for only $10.
The Crawdads annual Chick-fil-A Christian Concert, presented by Chick-fil-A, Gardner-Webb University, Hickory Christian Academy and 106.9 The Light, is scheduled! This year, don't miss Selah perform live at the ballpark after the Crawdads game against the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sat., July 21 at 6 p.m. The popular group has won numerous Dove Awards, had many number one singles, sold-out tours and more than 2.5 million albums sold! Tickets for the Chick-fil-A Christian Concert are just $12 and will be available on Sat., March 10. Group discounts are available right now!
The 'Dads also have a great group of acts, appearances and giveaways during Saturday games throughout the season! The ZOOperstars!, presented by Dickinson Service Center and KICKS 103.3 FM, will entertain fans of all ages at L.P. Frans twice this season -- Fri., May 25 at 7 p.m. and Sat., August 18 at 6 p.m. Myron Noodleman, presented by 1290 WHKY, will prove he's the hippest nerd in the biz on Sat., June 9 (6 p.m. First Pitch), and don't miss WWF Hall of Fame Wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler, presented by Jack in the Box and WNNC 1230 AM, on Sat., June 23 at 6 p.m. There will also be an exclusive Meet-and-Greet with Jerry "The King" before the game -- click here for all the details.
Remember, all Saturday games will start at 6 p.m. this season, with gates opening at 5 p.m. After every Saturday game this season, fans will also get the chance to go down to the field and get autographs from the team!
The Crawdads will once again have a great slate of nightly promotions throughout the 20th Anniversary Season!
Monday - Senior 2-for-1 Night presented by Kingston Residence / Bingo Night
Tuesday - Dollar Day presented by 1290 WHKY
Wednesday - Unemployment Night presented by Manpower
Thursday - Thirsty Thursday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings
Friday - Friday Night Fireworks! (excl. 4/27 and 5/11)
Saturday - Giveaways, Acts, and Appearances
Sunday - Post-Game Catch presented by Countryside Pet Hospital / Faith and Family Day
Every night - Kids Run the Bases presented by The Sleep Shop
CRAWDAD CLIPPINGS: For more information on the Crawdads follow us on Twitter and Facebook, check out Hickorycrawdads.com, or call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.....Individual Tickets on Sale SOON!.....2012 Individual Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Season go on sale during the St. Patty's Party on Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! Click here or call (828) 322-3000 for all of the info on the party and two GREAT tickets deals.....Get Tickets:Group outings, corporate partnerships, Levine Children's Hospital Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books for the 20th Anniversary Season in 2012 are all available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000. Keep an eye on Hickorycrawdads.com throughout the offseason for information on individual tickets for the 2012 season!