The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, has released their 2017 promotional schedule!

MLB spring training is in full swing and Mother Nature has blessed us with some beautiful weather, did anyone expect green grass in March? We didn’t. Warm weather, green grass and spring training means only one thing, CornBelters Baseball is just around the corner.

“We’ve had a very busy off season,” Stated newly appointed General Manager Mike Petrini. “Our staff has been working their tails off to put together some fun, exciting and unique entertainment for this season.”  In addition to the new promotions, the CornBelters are introducing new party areas for fans to enjoy, including the Bauer Crops and Cattle outdoor suite, the new tailgate area (which replaced picnics) and upgrading the Goose Island Patio.

Currently the hometown Professional Baseball team is looking for Emcees to host the on field promotions, which have also had a makeover. “After speaking with several community groups this off season we’ve decided to make a major change in our game atmosphere and delivery. Each game will be unique from the next, we will continue to have our sumo’s but they won’t be wrestling every night, instead contestants may be asked to run relays, perform simple tasks or even go through an obstacle course. Trivia, is huge here, people love it! So, we will have fans go through a series of questions versus, players, coaches and staff. The goal is to have fun” explained Petrini.

When asked how the play on the field will be Petrini said “I have faith that Brooks will put together a great team for us. They all look pretty good on paper but, we’ll just have to wait and see.” CornBelters’ fans won’t have to wait too long, as Opening Day is May 16th when your boys of summer take on the Grizzlies from Gateway.

The CornBelters plan on making opening day a great celebration, filled with bubbles, balloon artists and face painters. There will even be a special guest appearance from actor Dwier Brown, best known as playing John Kinsella, father of Ray Kinsella played by Kevin Costner in the classic Baseball movie, Field of Dreams. Brown will be available for autographs and will invite parents and their children onto the field for a pre-game catch.

The food and beverage department has made another major overhaul, partnering with Red Hot Chicago, Johnsonville and local farm Bauer Crops and Cattle. They will be rolling out new items like, poutine (Fries mixed with melted cheese curds topped with brown gravy), made to order burgers, and BBQ parfaits, just to name a few.

There is certainly a lot of new and exciting things going on at The Corn Crib this summer. For a full list of the summer promotions visit, everything will be available for viewing next week.

2017 Nightly Promotions

Busey Tuesday Night – Busey Bank Reading Progam: Kids enrolled in the program receive tickets to Tuesday Night Game Courtesy of Busey Bank, Pre-game book reading by a CornBelter player.

Mid Illini Credit Union Wine & Wingin’ Wednesday Night – One local Vineyards will be showcased each Wednesday. In addition Smoked BBQ wings will be on special, only a limited amount available. It’s also bark in the park nights, purchase a ticket for your dog and you get in free! Dogs seats are limited to the lawn only!

Budweiser Thirst Quenching Thursday – Serving $1 Beer and Margarita specials until the 7th inning. In addition a live DJ will be performing in the Aloha Construction Biergarten on third base party deck. College Student Tickets only $5 with ID.

CEFCU Entertaining Friday’s – Each Friday will feature an guest Celebrity or entertainment act courtesy of CEFCU. It’s a Black Friday, local animal shelters will be out looking for fans who are wanting to adapt a black furried friend. In addition its Salute to our Armed Forces Night.

State Farm Saturday Night Special – State Farm employees and policy holders receive ½ priced Tickets. Every Saturday home game will feature a special Celebrity guest or special performer, courtesy of State Farm.

CornBelters Family FUNday Sunday’s – Each Sunday home game the CornBelters will open the gates post game for kids to run the bases and get to autographs from their favorite CornBelters Player(s). All fans that arrive to the park early can enjoy a pre-game catch on the field with their family & friends. Sunday is also Dog Day, purchase a ticket for yourself your dog gets in for free. Dog Seats are limited to the lawn only.

2017 Weekly Promotions

Game Day
Tuesday May 9
6:35 PM
Education Day
School Day Discounted tickets for registered schools
Tuesday May 16
6:35 PM
Opening Day
Pre-game catch on the field with Dwier Brown appearance. Field of Dreams Movie Site giveaway.
Thursday May 18
6:35 PM
Live DJ In the Aloha Biergarten
$1 Beer & Margarita Specials
DJ playing all game
Friday May 19
6:35 PM
Dance center for post-game show
Saturday May 20
6:35 PM
Star Wars Night
Star Wars. Jersey auction.
Saturday May 27
6:35 PM
Fredbird Redbird Appearance
St. Louis Cardinals mascot present. Come in STL Cards apparel for 1/2 ticket.
Sunday May 28
4:35 PM
Ryne Sandberg Night
Ryne Sandberg honorary 3rd base coach. 500 meet and greets announced night of.
Friday June 2
6:35 PM
Hot Dog Green Cash Giveaway
Buy a hot dog for a chance to win Cash!
Saturday June 3
6:35 PM
Superhero Night
Characters present. Boy Scouts Night- sleepover at the ballpark.
Sunday June 4
4:35 PM
Youth Baseball Night
Youth baseball Players Free admission. Call for information
Thursday June 15
6:35 PM
ISU Alumni Night
Reggie Redbird Appearance
Group tickets for Alumni
Call for information
Friday June 16
6:35 PM
NASCAR Night Feat. HOF Bobby Allison
NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison will be available for pictures and autographs
Saturday June 17
6:35 PM
Princess Night
Princesses present. Girl Scouts Night- sleepover at the ballpark.
Tuesday June 20
6:35 PM
Home Depot Father’s Day
Project with your kids
Wednesday June 21
6:35 PM
Ladies Night
Ticket discount with black dress. Beauty Salon raffle items and player auction.
Wednesday June 28
1:35 PM
Day Game
BBQ wings Special
Skip out early and enjoy a afternoon classic
Friday July 7
6:35 PM
Extreme Pogo
Pogo stick stunt performers
Saturday July 8
6:35 PM
Extreme Pogo
Pogo stick stunt performers
Friday July 21
6:35 PM
WWE Superstar
To Be Later Named WWE Superstar appearance available for autographs and pictures
Saturday July 22
6:35 PM
Carly Patterson Night
Olympic gold medalist appearance.
Friday August 4
6:35 PM
Dan Brady Bobble “Hand” Night
1,000 fans will receive a Dan Brady Bobble “hand” featuring, Dan Brady with an out stretched hand.
Saturday August 5
6:35 PM
Tommy Hawk Appearance
BlackHawks’ mascot signing autographs
Sunday August 6
4:35 PM
MC Strong Faith & Family Night
First 1000 fans receive Michael Collins bobblehead.
Friday August 11
6:35 PM
Jesse White Tumblers
811 Julie Jersey Auction
Jesse white tumblers perform between innings
Saturday August 12
6:35 PM
Win The Bosses Money
Sign-up and compete against our GM. Winners earn cash prizes
Thursday August 17
6:35 PM
Midget Wrestlers
Post-Game Wrestling contest. Extended beer sales. College Discount
Friday August 25
6:35 PM
post-game Fireworks show
Saturday August 26
6:35 PM
Inflatable characters dance between innings
Sunday August 27
4:35 PM
Inflatable characters dance between innings

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