* There is a reason that the Okotoks Dawgs ranked fourth in North America in attendance by summer college teams. It’s not “Location, location, location,” but rather “Promotions, promotions, promotion.” …..
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OKOTOKS, Alta. _ Another summer at Seaman Stadium is nearing, and today the Okotoks Dawgs are pleased to announce their game day theme & events schedule for the 2015 season.
The Dawgs will play 24 home games during the 2015 regular season, beginning with opening night at Seaman Stadium on June 5th with first pitch at 7:05 PM against the Medicine Hat Mavericks. Once again, every game at Seaman Stadium will carry its own theme or event in addition to the game itself.
William Gardner, Dawgs VP of promotions & special events said “In response to the fan survey that was conducted this offseason, we are thrilled to bring back some events that our fans have enjoyed in previous years, combined with a number of new game night themes.”
Returning to the schedule in 2015 is the annual Father’s Day celebration, and the Canada Day Extravaganza on July 1st with the Moose Jaw Miller Express taking on the Dawgs.
The Dawgs will celebrate youth baseball on Fathers Day, a 2:05 start against the Lethbridge Bulls on June 21st, as well as prostate cancer awareness with the Man Van, while on Canada Day, all fans are encouraged to don their best patriotic attire and celebrate our nation’s birthday with a postgame fireworks display.
The games have become unofficial Okotoks traditions in recent years, selling out quickly and typically attracting the two largest crowds of the regular season, with well over of 4,000 fans at both games.
Gardner says these dates are Seaman Stadium signatures.
“The Father’s Day Game has become another of the marque games at Seaman Stadium and always sells out.” said Gardner. “Canada Day will likely set another high water mark for attendance and this celebration of national holiday has become THE celebration in the area.
“Fans won’t want to miss this great game and the postgame fireworks extravaganza.”
The club is also proud to continue a number of highly successful partnerships that have been cultivated over the first eight seasons in Okotoks.
Topping this list is ‘Pink in the Park Day’, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The annual event which is entering its eighth year, sees the Dawgs wear special edition pink jerseys for one game that are auctioned off through a combination of live and silent auctions throughout that game.
Gardner says Pink in the Park Day is always a highlight of each season as the Dawgs, and the fans of Okotoks, do their part to give back to a very worthy cause in a unique way.
Gardner said that Dawgs fans have raised nearly $180,000 for the CBCF and significant awareness over the years, and anticipates surpassing the $200,000 mark in 2015.
This year’s CBCF Pink in the Park event takes place on Sunday, July 26th when the Dawgs conclude the home portion of their regular season schedule against Medicine Hat.
New events that are sure to bring entertainment and excitement this season include themes like Throwback Thursday (June 18), Lord of the Wings Night presented by Pinty’s (July 10th) and Selfie Night (July 24) to go along with returning favourites like Okotoks Idol Night (July 3), Hometown Heroes Night (July 15), and John Barlow Saskatchewan Night (July 16).
The Dawgs tip their cap and say ‘thank you’ to their tremendously loyal and truly special fans with fan appreciation night on July 25th, a 7:05 start vs. the Edmonton Prospects.
Gardner notes that the Dawgs will welcome their “half-millionth” fan into Seaman Stadium in 2015 and the team plans to properly recognize the milestone.
“The Home Opener signals the unofficial start of summer for our great community. We look forward to opening the gates again on June 5th and welcoming the greatest fans in baseball back for another exciting year.” Gardner said.
(The complete schedule can be found at the Dawgs website)