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Plenty Happening at McKechnie During Playoff Rush
Buyout, “Babies on Deck,” Palmetto Night and Fireworks Highlight Promotions
BRADENTON – The Bradenton Marauders play their final home games of the 2012 regular season through Sunday, September 2. The Fort Myers Miracle and St. Lucie Mets will visit McKechnie Field with a spot in the Florida State League playoffs up for grabs. The game on Sunday, September 2 will begin at 10:00am with gates opening at 9:00am. All other games in the home stand will begin at 6:30pm with gates opening at 5:30pm.
Monday’s canceled game was scheduled to be a floridacentral Credit Union Buyout Night. The complimentary ticket vouchers may be redeemed for the game on Sunday, September 2. That game begins at 10:00am with gates opening at 9:00am. Children age 13 and younger attending the game with a complimentary ticket must pay $1 to receive a Bob Evans Fun Day Sunday meal voucher.
The long-awaited “Babies on Deck” promotion, presented by Manatee Memorial Hospital and Anna Maria Oyster Bar, arrives on Saturday, September 1. The promotion was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, but was postponed over weather concerns regarding Tropical Storm Isaac. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a limited edition Trevor Gooby bobble baby. This celebration of birth and motherhood also features a balloon artist, a face painter and on-field games like the baby stroller obstacle course, the baby-changing relay, and blindfolded baby food tasting. Saturday will also feature the re-scheduled "Palmetto Night" to benefit the North River Little League. Click here to read more about that very special promotion.
Tonight is the final opportunity to take advantage of the Plunder Your Hunger all-you-can-eat menu presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs. All tickets to the game are $12 and give fans access to the best meal deal in Bradenton. The featured item for August 29 is the grilled chicken sandwich.
The Marauders hit the road Thursday and Friday, then return home for Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, September 1. The Marauders know they have the best fans, and have several special giveaways planned to make everyone a winner during Saturday’s game against the Mets. After the game there will be a spectacular fireworks display from Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and Bells Fireworks Company.
September 1 is also Tobacco Free Manatee Night presented by the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition and Tobacco Free Florida. The Marauders will go tobacco-free at McKechnie Field and educate students about the dangers of tobacco use. The Marauders have commissioned a public service announcement to be shown in local middle schools and high schools. Students pledging to live tobacco free will receive a complimentary ticket voucher to the game on September 1. The complimentary tickets can be upgraded to a reserve seat for an additional $2.
Sunday, September 2 is a morning game starting at 10:00am and featuring Breakfast and Baseball. The Marauders are offering $1 tickets and an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast for an additional $5. All tickets, general admission and reserved, are $1. It’s a Bob Evans Fun Day Sunday, meaning all children 13 and younger eat free. Children 13 and younger will receive a voucher for one plate of pancakes, sausage and a drink and also will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.