Phillies 2016 Promotions and Giveaways
By Matt Veasey
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced special promotions and giveaway items for the 2016 season.
With the scheduled opponents, dates, and times already released earlier in the off-season, the Phils began to fill-in the rest of their schedule with the always highly anticipated list of giveaways and special promotions for the upcoming season.
One highlight will be the 32 scheduled “Theme Nights”, for which special tickets will be required aside from the usual game tickets in order to be a part of the festivities. The first two will be held during the weekend of April 1st and 2nd, when the Phillies play a pair of exhibitions prior to the official regular season opening.
On those two dates, the Phillies will hold a “Scouts Parade” at Citizens Bank Park. Friday is a 6:05pm start time vs. the Baltimore Orioles, and Saturday will be a 1:05pm Futures Game featuring the club’s top minor league prospects. These events will feature a pregame on-field parade of the scouts in full uniform, with special Phillies patches distributed on the field for those scouts who participate.
Friday April 15th at 7:05pm vs. the Washington Nationals will be a “Jackie Robinson Salute” with the club honoring the baseball barrier-breaker and Hall of Famer. The first 500 fans who purchase the special tickets through this promotion will receive coupons for a Philadelphia Stars t-shirt. The Stars were a Negro League baseball team from Philadelphia (1933-1952), members of the Negro National League (1934-1948) who won their only championship in their first year.
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The following night, Saturday, April 16th at 7:05pm again vs. the Nats will be “Philadelphia Science Festival Night” with the club presenting fun baseball-themed science activities throughout the concourse areas. Kids can complete tasks at each stop, earning a stamp which upon completion of their visits can be presented for a special science prize. This is the 6th consecutive year that the Phils have teamed with the Philadelphia Science Festival.
Monday, April 18th at 7:05pm vs. the defending NL champion New York Mets will be the team’s first ethnic celebration of the year with an “Asian Pacific Celebration” with food, dancing, and music from various Asian nations and cultures.
Other ethnic celebrations throughout the year include “Greek Heritage” (6/2), the “Goya Latino Family Celebration” (8/19), and finally an “Oktoberfest” (10/1) celebration featuring German food and entertainment.
The always popular “Fireworks Shows” will come on both Friday, July 1st (7:05pm) and the following evening of Saturday, July 2nd (5:05pm) following games those nights against the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
Dollar Dog Nights are back once again, with $1 hot dogs on sale. Be prepared, there are always long lines at the stands the closer it gets towards game time, as well as during the games. The dates for dollar doggies are: Tuesday April 12th (7:05pm), Monday April 18th (7:05pm), Monday May 16th (7:05pm), and finally on Thursday June 2nd (7:05pm).
August 12th-14th will be Phillies Alumni Weekend, with a number of festivities. Friday is designated as “Wall of Fame Night”, Saturday as “Phillies Alumni Night”, and Sunday there will be a “Wall of Fame Fathead” giveaway for all fans. More details will be announced as the weekend approaches.
Sold out for two years running, the popular “Phillies Social” games will return, bringing together the team’s followers on various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest and more. These events will take place on six Friday nights, all during 7:05pm games vs the Indians (4/29), Reds (5/13), Brewers (6/3), Mets (7/15), Cardinals (8/19), and Marlins (9/16).
Some of the many giveaways include the following: Caps (4/11 – all fans), Opening Night T-Shirts (4/12 – 15/over ages), Kids Pullover Jacket (4/16 – 14/under), Phanatic Flair Hair Visor (4/23 – 14/under), Ladies Infinity Scarf (5/1 – 15/over women only), Phillies Cap (5/14 – all fans), Bat & Ball Set (5/15 – 14/under), Phanatic Children’s Book (5/21 – 14/under), Phillies Visor (5/22 – all fans), IBEW Aaron Nola TShirt (6/4 – 14/under), Retro Socks (6/5 – all fans), MLB Network Tote Bag (6/16 – all fans), AT&T Maikel Franco Bobblehead (6/18 – all fans), WB Mason Collectible Truck (7/16 – all fans), and a Citizens Bank Park Pride of the Phillies Print (8/4 – all fans).
There are a number of other events, promotions, and giveaways scheduled already. The team is sure to add a few as the season approaches and unfolds. Check the Phillies Official Team Site regularly for updates, as well as the television and radio broadcasts during the 2016 season.