I’ve been reporting this for quite a few months now, but the Trenton Thunder finally made it official today, announcing that they’ll be hosting the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game.
Here’s their press release…
The top players from the 12 Major League Baseball organizations that call the Eastern League home will converge on Trenton, New Jersey next July.
On Tuesday, the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced at a press conference the team will host the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game. The press conference took place at the Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard. The game is scheduled to be played at Mercer County Waterfront Park on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:05 PM.
The Thunder also announced that the Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard is now the official team hotel of the Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Marriott will host the Thunder’s visiting teams as well as serve as the host hotel for the players and front office executives for the 2009 All-Star Game.
“My team is truly excited to be able to partner with the Trenton Thunder to provide accomodations to visiting teams,” Trenton Marriott General Manager Jeffrey M. Zeiger said. “This represents another example of Trenton assests partnering to drive people to our great city.”
Below is important ticket dates and pricing information:
All-Star Ticket ORDER DATES
General Public – Beginning February 2, 2009
2009 Season Ticket Holders & Sponsors- Now until February 2, 2009
2009 Mini Plan/Pic-A-Plan holders & Group Leaders (PRIORITY SEATING) – Now until February 2, 2009
All-Star Ticket PRICES
Season Ticket Holders $12
Club Seats $17
Pavilion Seats $15
Standing Room Only (upon sell-out) $8
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to host the Eastern League players and staffs at Waterfront Park for what will be a special night for the city, county and Thunder organization,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith. “We are very excited to form this partnership with the Trenton Marriott and look forward working together for years to come.”
The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game will feature the top talent from the Northern Division taking on a roster of Southern Division All-Stars. Each of the All-Star rosters will consist of 24 players, with each Eastern League franchise being represented by at least one pitcher and one position player.
The Thunder hosted the 1996 Double-A All-Star game and drew 8,369 fans, which was the stadium record at the time. It now stands as the sixth most highly attended event in Trenton Thunder history.
This event will allow fans in Trenton to see the top Double-A players from the following Major League organizations:
Boston Red Sox (Portland Sea Dogs)
New York Mets (Binghamton Mets)
San Francisco Giants (Connecticut Defenders)
Toronto Blue Jays (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Minnesota Twins (New Britain Rock Cats)
New York Yankees (Trenton Thunder)
Philadelphia Phillies (Reading Phillies)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Altoona Curve)
Cleveland Indians (Akron Aeros)
Detroit Tigers (Erie SeaWolves)
Washington Nationals (Harrisburg Senators)
Baltimore Orioles (Bowie Baysox)