Fort Mill, SC April 22, 2013 – Headlined by an educational 11:15 a.m. game on Wednesday, Social Media Night and Thirsty Thursday ™ with $2 beers and $1 sodas on Thursday, Halfway to Halloween and thrilling fireworks on Saturday, Bark in the Ballpark on Sunday, and more, the Charlotte Knights upcoming electrifying eight-game homestand has fun promotions, giveaways, and baseball for the whole family.
On Tuesday, April 23, the Knights open a four-game series with the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. between the Knights and Tides.
Tuesdays at Knights Stadium are “Charitable Tuesdays” and the Knights will recognize local charities at each Tuesday games this season. This Tuesday’s charity is Miles Against Melanoma. Their mission is to provide the public with education regarding the extreme damaging effects of the sun and tanning devices.
On Wednesday, the Knights will welcome area schools to Knights Stadium for the second of two Education Days, courtesy of Duke Energy, Barton Malow, and Midrex Technologies. Knights Stadium is a “Bully-Free Zone” and Tuesday’s game will provide an educational program for all students who attend. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the Knights will continue their series with the Tides at 11:15 a.m.
One day later, the Knights will host Social Media Night, thanks to YP. Fans will have a chance to “tweet from their seat” and be recognized on the in-stadium videoboard throughout the evening. Fans will also have a chance to interact with a Knights player via Twitter, have their photos from the game posted to the Knights Facebook page, and more.
Every Thursday at Knights Stadium also features Thirsty Thursday ™ with $2 beers and $1 sodas, thanks to Hickory Tavern. Gates once again open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch on Thursday against the Tides is set for 7:15 p.m.
On Friday, the Knights will conclude their four-game series with the Tides with an exciting 7:15 p.m. game. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a retro baseball card set as part of the third Flashback Friday game of the season. All Charlotte Knights players will wear 1990 retro jerseys as they face Norfolk. The jerseys pay tribute to the first season of baseball at Knights Stadium, which took place in 1990.
On Saturday, the Knights will welcome the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, to Knights Stadium for the first and only time of the 2013 season. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to come dressed in a Halloween costume on Saturday as the Knights will host a special “Halfway to Halloween Night” with a costume conest. Homer the Dragon and local mascots will be on-hand to meet and greet fans and the Knights will host a pre-game Halloween parade for all of those fans dressed in costume.
All Saturday home games feature the Charlotte Knights Dance Team – the KnightinGals, and the girls have a special pre-game performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on tap for Saturday. After the game, the Knights will light-up the sky with thrilling post-game fireworks, courtesy of BB&T Ballpark and News Talk 1110 WBT.
On Sunday, the Knights will host the RailRiders in game two of their four-game series with gates opening at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:15 p.m. tilt. All fans and dogs are invited out on Sunday for “Bark in the Park”. Canines and their owners can enjoy a beautiful Sunday matinee game together at Knights Stadium for the one and only time of the 2013 season. Dogs can participate in a special Pooch Parade before the game. All dogs are allowed in the ballpark for free, while their owners will need to purchase a ticket.
The Knights and RailRiders will continue their series with game three of the four-game series on Monday evening. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. Monday’s game features delicious $1 hot dogs, courtesy of Hebrew National.
On Tuesday, the Knights will conclude their electrifying eight-game homestand with the finale of their series against the RailRiders. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday’s featured charity will be LifeShare of the Carolinas, who are committed to saving lives by encouraging the public to join the NC Organ Donor Registry at the DMV or online at www.lifesharecarolinas.org.
As part of Tuesday’s game, PGA golfer Erik Compton will be on-hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Compton is best known throughout the golf world for his two heart transplants. His first heart transplant came in 1992, when he was 12, and his second transplant in 2008. For this, Compton was honored with the Ben Hogan Award in Augusta Georgia during the Masters in April 2009. Erik has also received the 2012 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the U.S. Sports Academy.