The Evansville Otters have released the 2017 giveaway and theme night schedule.
Championship Weekend (May 19-21) will kick off the regular season as the Otters will celebrate the 2016 Frontier League title team.
Evansville will host Opening Night at Bosse Field on Friday, May 19 at 6:35 p.m. and afterwards fans are encouraged to stay for a post-game fireworks show. On Saturday, May 20, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a poster commemorating the franchise’s second championship. Saturday’s game will also have a post-game fireworks show.
The Otters will have 10 more fireworks nights aside from Championship Weekend June 22-24, June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18-19.
On Wednesday, May 31, the first 1,000 fans will receive a poster celebrating the 1940s decade at Bosse Field. Other decade poster giveaway dates include June 7 (1950s), June 14 (1960s), July 26 (1970s), Aug. 9 (1980s), Aug. 23 (1990s) and Aug. 30 (2000s).
Evansville will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie “A League of Their Own” on Saturday, July 8 with a special doubleheader beginning at 5:35 p.m. Early arriving fans will also receive a hat courtesy of Heritage Federal Credit Union.
The Otters will honor former manager Greg Jelks on Sunday, Aug. 20—the 30th anniversary of his MLB debut. Jelks compiled a 236-223 record in five years with the Otters while winning the 2006 Frontier League title. Jelks died earlier this year while traveling back home to Australia.
Fans will be able to collect another souvenir as the first 1,000 fans through the gates at the Saturday, Aug. 12 game will take home a pennant.
The Otters will host the 125th Deaconess Celebration on Saturday, June 24 at 6:35 p.m.
The Indianapolis Colts will visit Bosse Field Friday, July 21. Colts’ cheerleaders and team mascot, Blue, will be on hand as the Otters play the Washington Wild Things.
Additional theme nights include Pet Supplies Plus Bark at the Park (May 21), Deaconess Strike Out Stroke Night (May 31), Riley’s Children Foundation Princess and Superhero Night (June 23) and Harry Potter Night (Aug. 18).
Plus, the Otters will host Fellowship Night on Sunday, July 23 and VA Clinic Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Aug. 12. Deaconess Heart Night will be Wednesday, July 26.
Before the regular season begins, the Otters will host the annual Jacob’s Village Benefit game on Friday, May 5 at 6:35 p.m. Evansville’s final exhibition game will be Wednesday, May 10 at 10:05 a.m. for Education Day.
The full promotional schedule can be found at evansvilleotters.com/promotions.
Evansville will open the regular season in Marion, Ill. May 12 against the Southern Illinois Miners at 7:05 p.m. and will celebrate Bosse Field’s Opening Night May 19 against the Gateway Grizzlies at 6:35 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and season tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.
Plus, don’t forget that 2017 single game tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 in conjunction with Fan Fest presented by Action Equipment. Stop by to take advantage of special Championship Weekend specials.