Mud Hens welcome new season with Opening Day BashWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Everyone is invited to Toledo’s biggest party.
The Opening Day Bash for the Toledo Mud Hens’ 2013 season, happening April 11, will take place after a week of away games. But Manager of Special Events Michael Keedy said that will not stop the fun.
“For us, it doesn’t matter either way,” Keedy said. “Opening Day is still Opening Day. It’s still the very first time we open the gates of Fifth Third Field for a new baseball season. It’s still our first home game of the year. Whether or not we’re starting at home or we’re starting on the road, it’s still the first home game of the year.”
Keedy said the pregame party has gotten bigger every year and people tend to take off work to arrive Downtown early.
“Opening Day itself has become a big Downtown almost festival, party-like atmosphere,” Keedy said. “We started throwing an Opening Day Bash just to kind of welcome people into a new year.”
The ballpark will open at 3 p.m. with the bash going until the game starts at 5 p.m. The bash will be at two locations, The Nest party deck (located along the first base line) and the Home Run Picnic Terrace. The band 56DAZE will play in the Home Run terrace and The Brad Berries will be in The Nest.
Tickets cost $32 and include live entertainment, an all-you-can-eat buffet, drink specials and a seat at the game itself. They can be purchased at the box office, by calling (419) 725-HENS (4367) or online at mudhens.com.
There will be contests and giveaways during the evening.
Keedy said he enjoys the sense of community in the Opening Day Bash.
“That’s what minor league sports is all about, especially in Toledo. We have such tremendous support from our community,” Keedy said. “We hope that we are very much part of our community. That’s what we try to do. With everything that we plan throughout the year, it’s very community-oriented.”
The 2013 season marks the Mud Hens’ 27th consecutive season as the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers as well as the 12th season of play at Fifth Third Field.
In addition to the Mud Hens’ official Opening Day Bash, many Downtown businesses and restaurants will also be offering Opening Day events.