Kids Run the Bases expands to include every Sunday home game
The Orioles today released their 2016 promotional schedule highlighted by several new items, including an Orioles batting practice pullover, a Manny Machado garden gnome, an Orioles 1966 replica jersey to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club's first World Series title, special Mother's Day and Father's Day-themed giveaways, and two Orioles bobbleheads, as well as the return of several fan-favorite events such as Kids' Opening Day and Friday Fireworks Nights. Additionally, the popular, family-friendly Kids Run the Bases program will expand to include every Sunday home game throughout the season.
On opening day, Monday, April 4, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins, all fans in attendance at Oriole Park will receive an Orioles Schedule FatheadÂ® Decal, presented by Pizza Boli's. At the end of opening week on Sunday, April 10, the Orioles will celebrate their second annual Kids' Opening Day, as the first 7,500 fans 14 and under will receive an Orioles Kids' t-shirt. A variety of unique activities will be offered to randomly-selected children, such as delivering the lineup card before the game and serving as a guest public address announcer. Following the game, kids ages 14 and under can run the bases like their favorite Orioles players during the first of 13 Kids Run the Bases opportunities taking place every Sunday this season.
This season's promotional schedule is highlighted by a garden gnome featuring 2015 American League All-Star and Gold Glove winner Manny Machado, given to every single fan in attendance on July 9. The Orioles will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club's first World Series championship with a 1966 Orioles replica jersey presented by UMBC for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over on July 24.
This season, the Orioles will continue to offer select giveaways to all fans in attendance. In addition to the Manny Machado gnome, all fans will receive t-shirts on five different dates this season, once per month beginning in May. Designs will be revealed at a later date. All fans will also receive the Maryland Flag Orioles cap presented by DAP during Fan Appreciation Weekend at the regular-season home finale on September 25. Fan Appreciation Weekend giveaways will also include one of the five t-shirts to all fans in attendance on September 23 and an Orioles hooded sweatshirt to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over on September 24.
Additionally, fans can dress like their favorite Orioles players with new apparel items featured in this year's promotional schedule including an Orioles batting practice pullover for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over on June 25. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over through the gates on July 23 will receive an Orioles batting practice cap featuring the new on-field design that Orioles players will wear during the 2016 season.
The Orioles will celebrate Mother's Day weekend and Father's Day weekend with four unique items. On May 7, the first 10,000 female fans 18 and over will receive an Orioles canvas tote. On May 8, Mother's Day, the Orioles will give away Orioles infinity scarves to the first 10,000 female fans 18 and over. The Orioles will also celebrate Father's Day with unique giveaways including a BBQ O's Spatula presented by BGE on June 18 and a Father's Day newsboy cap on June 19. Both items will be given to the first 10,000 male fans 18 and over.
Two Orioles bobblehead giveaways will take place on two different weekend dates this season, on August 20 and September 17. Each bobblehead will be available to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over. The bobblehead designs will be revealed at a later date.
The Orioles' promotional calendar will also include an Orioles golf umbrella (June 7), Jumbo Orioles baseball card (July 10), Orioles floppy hat presented by Miller Lite (July 22), an Orioles wicker weave ballcap (August 22), and Orioles high socks (September 16).
In addition to the expanded Kids Run the Bases program and Kids' Opening Day, kids-exclusive events this season include two Youth Baseball Parades for pre-registered youth players (May 1 and May 15) and Field Trip Day presented by MASN and WJZ-TV on May 19. Additionally, the first 7,500 Fans 14 & Under on May 14 will receive a youth bat and ball set.
Other popular events returning in 2016 include Friday Fireworks Nights which will occur on five occasions (May 13, June 17, July 8, August 19, and September 23) and Student Nights for every Friday home game (all left field upper reserve tickets are $7 with valid student ID).
A current list of 2016 promotions and ticket discount offers follows. Individual game tickets will go on sale to the general public in March. For more information, call 1-888-848-BIRD or visit www.orioles.com.