AKRON -- Celebrity appearances, fireworks displays, and giveaways galore are just a few highlights of the 2013 Akron Aeros promotional lineup.
The seasonal schedule features promotions during all 71 home games at Canal Park (see the full promotional breakdown below).
In addition to expanding the promotional calendar to all home games, the schedule will have 20 fireworks nights, giveaways every Saturday to the first 1,000 fans and $2 hot dogs at every home game this year.
On June 7, the Aeros will show off their new HD video board, which is the largest in Double-A baseball, by showing a post-game movie.
There is a bobblehead giveaway every Saturday from April to June and a premium giveaway every Saturday to follow. One such night is July 13 when actor/producer/director Corbin Bernsen will be on hand for a night that will feature a 1980's style Cleveland Indians jersey auction, a Roger Dorn snow globe giveaway and post-game fireworks.
There are six reoccurring theme nights throughout the 2013 season.
- Sundays are "Family FUNday," where kids can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases following the game.
- Mondays are the "Charity Begins at Home" nights, which are for fundraising and awareness opportunities.
- "Two for Tuesdays" feature a buy-one-get-one reserved seat ticket deal for $9 available, only at the Canal Park box office.
- "Thirsty Thursdays" will feature $1 draft beer and soft drinks specials.
- Every Friday will have a fireworks show.
- Saturdays are "Celebrity Saturdays," which will have mystery public address announcers, celebrity appearances, premium giveaways and fireworks starting in June.
In recent years, several Aeros promotions gained lots of attention. In 2012, Mayor Plusquellic was transformed into a bobblehead (see photos HERE) and given away during one of the games. In 2011, a car giveaway generated daily headlines as five men sat inside a vehicle for several days battling to be the last person remaining.
Opening Day for the 2013 season is Thursday, April 4 at 6:35 p.m.
Last year, the Aeros had the best regular-season record in all of Double-A baseball and won the Eastern League Championship for the fourth time in team history.
Here's a breakdown of the 2013 promotional schedule for the Akron Aeros:
April 4: Opening Night! Fireworks celebration, Thirsty Thursday, Albert Guarnieri & Co. Magnet Schedule Giveaway.
April 5: Top 40 Fireworks - Remote Dig
April 6: Celebrity Saturday - Homer Bobblebelly Giveaway
April 7: Family FUNday
April 8: Hot Tub Party
April 9: What the Heck is Weck?
April 10: Look, my hot dog is GREEN!! $1000 Giveaway!
April 18: Thirsty Thursday - International Jugglers Day
April 19: Disco Fireworks - 1970's Night
April 20: Celebrity Saturday - Jim Clark Bobblehead Giveaway
April 21: Family FUNday - Wild About Animals
April 22: Vegan Iron Chef & Vegetable Carving in Celebration of Earth Day
April 23: Epic Meal Time Ballpark Faceoff-Salute to a YouTube Sensation, College Fair
April 24: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Barberton Night
May 3: Star Wars Fireworks - Space Day; Star Wars vs. Star Trek Night
May 4: Celebrity Saturday - University of Akron Jim Tressel Bobblehead Giveaway, University of Akron Night
May 5: Family FUNday - Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May 6: Sea Monkey Celebration
May 7: National Donut Day/Police Officer Appreciation
May 8: Education Day #1
May 17: Mardi Gras Big Band Fireworks presented by Shaw JCC, Sauce Boss Appearance
May 18: Celebrity Saturday - Goodyear Bobble Blimp Giveaway
May 19: Family FUNday-Argh! "Talk Like a Pirate Day" is 4 months away!
May 20: "Oh, Halitosis! Your breath stinks!" - National Garlic Day Wellness Night
May 21: Bark in the Park presented by Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital
May 22: Ode to Oats
May 23: Education Day #2
May 28: "Price is Right" Night
May 29: Hitchcock Horrors featuring 50 Years of "The Birds"
May 30: Thirsty Thursday - Bike Night presented by Rubber City Harley Davidson
June 4: Baby Olympics & Bellies in Baseball
June 5: Condiment Wars
June 6: Thirsty Thursday - Speed Dating at the Diamond
June 7: School's Out/Summertime Fireworks - Great Outdoors Night w/movie under the stars
June 8: Celebrity Saturday - One-Hit Wonder Fireworks, Favorite NEO media personality bobblehead #1 (TV) presented by Distillata
June 9: Family FUNday - Princess Tea Party
June 18: Classic TV Game Show Night This City Reads!
June 19: Turn Back the Clock Night; 1980's Night Teacher Appreciation Night
June 20: Thirsty Thursday - Sausagefest
June 21: Michael Jackson Fireworks presented by Akron-Canton Airport, Tristan MacManus Appearance from "Dancing With the Stars"
June 22: Celebrity Saturday - Frank Sinatra Fireworks, Favorite NEO media personality bobblehead #2 (Radio) presented by Miller Lite
June 23: Family FUNday-Orbits Birthday Bash & Mascot Mania
June 27: Thirsty Thursday-Luck of the Irish Night
June 28: 1990's Fireworks presented by Time Warner Cable, 1990's Night
June 29: Celebrity Saturday - Patriotic Fireworks, Military Appreciation Night presented by Miller High Life, Favorite NEO media personality bobblehead #3 (Print) presented by Pepsi, Scout Sleepover
June 30: Family FUNday - I DOUBLE DARE you to FIGURE IT OUT! (Nickelodeon Day)
July 11: Thirsty Thursday - Italian Heritage Night
July 12: Country Fireworks presented by Albert Guarnieri & Co., ZOOperstars!
July 13: Celebrity Saturday - Rock & Roll Fireworks - Roger Dorn Snow Globe Giveaway with appearance by Corbin Bernsen; 1980's style Cleveland Indians Jersey Auction Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame Recognition
July 14: Family FUNday - Ohio and Erie Canalway Ride the Towpath Trail
July 15: National Cow Appreciation Night, Agriculture Night
July 16: 15 years of National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees
July 17: Big Splash Day
July 25: Thirsty Thursday - Show us your lederhosen!
July 26: Holiday Spectacular Fireworks presented by Gionino's Pizza, Christmas in July presented by The Salvation Army, Santa Jersey Auction
July 27: Celebrity Saturday - Superhero Fireworks, Pro Football Hall of Fame 50-year Anniversary Orange Juice Squeezer, Scout Sleepover
July 28: Family FUNday - Kids Run the Show & Kids Candy Drop
August 6: Bark in the Park presented by Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital
August 7: Love is in the Air; halfway to Valentine's Day
August 8: Thirsty Thursday-Jamaican Independence Day-"Cool Runnings" 20-year Anniversary, Performances by reggae band, Da Gullah Rootz
August 16: Elvis Fireworks - Remembering "The King," Elvis Presley, Performance by "The King"
August 17: Celebrity Saturday - The Beatles Fireworks, MDS Bats Baseball Bat Giveaway
August 18: Family FUNday-Superhero Day
August 22: Thirsty Thursday - Midget Wrestling-Pint Sized 1K Beer & Fun Run presented by Miller 64
August 23: TBDBITL Fireworks presented by Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio State Night
August 24: Celebrity Saturday - Back to School Fireworks presented by Pyrotechnico, Stanley Steamer Back to School Metal Lunch Box, $1000 Cash Dash
August 25: Family FUNday-Classic Car Show & Ride-In
August 26: Jimmy Buffett Night; Halfway to Margarita Day
August 27: Guns & Hoses; Local Hero Night
August 28: Dog Pound vs. Terrible Towels
August 29: Thirsty Thursday-Fireworks-Fan Appreciation Night