MOOSIC — Opening day at the new PNC Field in Lackawanna County is now 50 days away, and this season, fans will find much more than a new stadium.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have released their promotions calendar for this year, and it seems to be answering what many fans have been calling for: more giveaways.
A crew of around 200 workers is putting the finishing touches on the renovated PNC Field in Moosic.
The home team is now giving more than just the new stadium as a reason to fill these seats with fans.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders President Rob Crain says they’ve scheduled 18 promotional giveaways this season, compared to 11 giveaways in the last five seasons combined.
“People have been talking about they want more giveaways, they want more fireworks, they want more value and I think with our promotional calendar – if you count our giveaways and our fireworks show – almost half of our home games will have a giveaway or a postgame fireworks show,” said Crain.
Fans coming to games can get welcome mats, bobble heads, pillowpets and more.
“I haven’t gone there in about two, three years. I used to take my grandkids and we had a good time but there were no extras.”
Bill Donnelly of Taylor says all the extras this year will get him to more games.
“I think it’s exciting. It’s something they need for the area. Last year or a couple years ago nobody was there, the stadium was empty.”
Chris Murphy says he’ll go for the baseball, but understands the need for more.
“It’s tough to get people out to these games when an everyday person doesn’t know the players on the team,” said Murphy.
When fans come through the gates in a month and a half, the RailRiders want people to think they’re coming to more than just a baseball game. There will be a game t, but there will be a lot of entertainment, too.
“We are not so much a baseball team, I know that sounds crazy. We are an entertainment destination,” said Crain.
The team says fans are showing an interest. Club level seats are sold out. VIP rooms are 90 percent sold, and regular seats are selling fast.
“From dollar hot dogs to kids eat free to two-for-one tickets to giveaways to pregame autograph sessions, we want everyone to feel welcome to PNC Field and we cannot wait to open the ballpark here in 50 days.”
Opening day at PNC Field is April 4 against Pawtucket. To see the RailRiders promotional calendar for this season, click here.