(TRENTON, NJ) -The Trenton Thunder, Double A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, released the bulk of its 2011 Promotional Schedule on Thursday afternoon with a pair of FREE All-You-Can-Eat Nights and giveaways commemorating the rehab appearances of NY Yankees stars Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter leading the way. Additional promotions will be announced at a later date.
Single game tickets for the 2011 Trenton Thunder season will go on sale on Tuesday, February 1 at 9:30 am online at trentonthunder.com, by phone at 609-394-3300 or in person at Waterfront Park.
The Thunder will begin their home schedule on Thursday, April 14 with an Opening Night celebration and magnetic schedule giveaway (1st 2,000 fans). The following night will feature another magnetic schedule giveaway (1st 2,000 fans) and all fans in attendance will receive free hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers as the popular FREE All-You-Can-Eat Night returns for a second season. A second FREE All-You-Can-Eat Night will be held on Thursday, August 25.
The Thunder will host six Bobblehead Doll giveaways with each one featuring players who have worn the Thunder uniform in their careers. Robinson Cano Bobblehead Night (1st 1,500, 6+) will be held Friday, April 29 thanks to Synder’s of Hanover. Phil Hughes Bobbleheads (1st 2,000 fans ages 6+) will be given out on Friday, May 13 thanks to the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Trenton. Andy Pettitte’s 2010 Rehabiliation Appearances with the Thunder will be featured on two bobbleheads – on Friday, July 15 in his Thunder home jersey (1st 2,000 fans ages 6+) thanks to TD Bank and Friday, July 29 in his Thunder road jersey (1st 2,000 fans ages 6+) courtesy of Hyundai . NY Yankee captain Derek Jeter, who rehabbed with the Thunder in 2003, will be featured on a bobblehead doll in his Thunder uniform on Friday, August 19 (1st 2,000 fans ages 6+) thanks to Arm & Hammer. The sixth bobblehead giveaway is to be determined but will be held on Latin Heritage Night, Friday, August 26.
Some new items on the Trenton promotional slate include a Trenton Thunder & Reading Phillies reversible Bucket Hats (1st 1,000, 18+) on Tuesday, May 10 thanks to Deborah Heart & Lung Center. On Wednesday, May 11, Arm & Hammer will provide Thunder folding hampers to the first 1,000 fans ages five to 18. Thunder growth charts will be the giveaway on Sunday, July 31 (1st 1,000 5-15).
Dog-friendly promotions will return to Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 1 with Bark at the Park presented by Dogs and Cats Rule. This event allows fans to bring their canines with them to the stadium. On Friday, July 1, the Thunder will celebrate the birthday of its Golden Retriever, Chase, with a dog bowl giveaway (1st 1,000) thanks to Arm & Hammer, Frontline and Heartguard.
Thunder fans at each Monday game all season will receive a collectible souvenir travel cup (1st 1,000).
As previously announced, the Thunder will host 21 fireworks shows after games in 2011.
Also added to the schedule are a slew of theme nights including Irish Heritage Night (August 11), Polish Heritage Night (June 28), Women in Sports Night (April 19) and more. Many community events will also be returning to the ballpark including the Sixth Annual EarthShare New Jersey Environmental Awareness Fair (July 16), the 2nd Annual Good Deed Game (August 27) and Community Blood Council of NJ Blood Drives on June 4, July 30 and August 27.