For as much attention as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have garnered for their Opening Day plans (see:#FreeTheHermit), the best part about their promotional schedule is that the April 24 opener is just one of 70 home games. Over the coming weeks, the Blue Crabs will be breaking down the top 25 promotions for the 2015 season in a five-part series (Top Ten listed below). While it may be customary for a team to reveal their groundbreaking promotions in descending order, the Blue Crabs organization is excited to reveal the list that the team has decided to start with the biggest promotions planned for the 2015 season.
No. 1 – “Home, Sweet Homers” (Select Friday and Saturday home games during 2015 season) – House Giveaway
Under the slogan of “Wanna Win A House?,” the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are prepared to give away up to 20 houses during the 2015 regular season. Fans are invited to register to enter the promotion at Regency Furniture Stadium on game day and one lucky fan will be randomly selected for each Friday and Saturday game throughout the season (beginning on Opening Day). The selected entrant will then be eligible to win a house (valued at $300,000) if a Blue Crabs player hits a home run through a target during a designated inning. Fans are able to gain additional entries into each night’s contest by purchasing a 2015 Season Ticket Plan or the “House Party Ticket Plan” which includes tickets to every Friday and Saturday home game throughout the season.
No. 2 – Winning Inning Night (July 31, 2015) – Giving away $10,000 every inning presented by Maryland Lottery
Have you ever gone to a baseball game and thought: “This is fun, but wouldn’t it be a lot more exciting knowing that I could win a large sum of cash between every inning?” For the fans who personally identified with that question, we have the perfect game for you. Fans can enter the contest at the July 31 game and are then eligible to be randomly selected a specified inning’s representative. If the Blue Crabs complete the required “baseball action” (e.g. double-play, triple, etc.), that inning’s representative will win $10,000! With the team giving away up to $90,000 over the course of the game, you will not want to miss out!
No. 3 – Opening Day (April 24, 2015) – #FreeTheHermit, introducing the Southern Maryland Hermit Crabs
In response to the recent outpouring of support for the downtrodden hermit crab species, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have recently announced that they will be dedicating their April 24 Opening Day game to the friendly crustacean. Most notably, the team has announced that it will drop the “Blue Crabs” team name in favor of the “Southern Maryland Hermit Crabs” title for the first game of the upcoming season. Additionally, the team will wear specially designed “Hermit Crabs” jerseys that will be part of the jersey auction taking place during the game. The first 1,000 fans at Regency Furniture Stadium for the April 24 game will receive a magnet schedule presented by Community Bank of the Chesapeake as well as a plastic hermit crab figurine in honor of the “Hermitgate” movement. Not a fan of the crustacean community? Don’t worry, the team will still host its first all-you-can-eat crab feast of the season for just $40 per person.
No. 4 – Pack Your Bags Friday Night (Friday home games during the 2015 season) – Vacation giveaways
When is the last time you had to pack a suitcase to go to a Blue Crabs game? For the first time in team history, the Blue Crabs will be giving away a vacation to one lucky family on EVERY Friday home game during the 2015 season. Entries for each Friday night will be available on the official Blue Crabs website, and entrants are required to be at the respective game to be eligible to win. The randomly selected winner will be escorted by a limo to the destination to begin their vacation immediately after the game!
No. 5 – Money Drop (August 28, 2015) – The fan-favorite promotion returns courtesy of Maryland Lottery
The fan-favorite Money Drop promotion is back! The Money Drop promotion will once again see a helicopter dropping specially numbered balls on the field after the game. Fans who purchase a spot on the field will then be invited to pick a ball off of the field and return it to the designated redemption table. The numbered balls will then be matched with their associated prize and participants will be eligible to win up to $100!
Taking the “diamond in the rough” idiom to its literal meaning, the Blue Crabs are prepared to bury a piece of diamond jewelry in an unmarked location in the infield at Regency Furniture Stadium. At the conclusion of the game on May 7, participants can purchase spoons for $1.00 each and begin digging in the infield. The digging will continue until one lucky fan finds the valuable item. As an early Mother’s Day celebration, the Blue Crabs encourage the winner to pass along their findings to their maternal parent or significant other.
Because nothing says “I love you” like a piece of jewelry, the Blue Crabs have built on this promotion by inviting its fans to submit their wedding videos to the team. The team will decide which wedding they thought was the best, and the winner receive an on-field vow renewal before the game on May 7, administered by soon-to-be ordained minister, General Manager Patrick Day. Additionally, the winner will receive a reception with food and drink in a luxury suite at the stadium on game day. Interested individuals are invited to share their videos by submitting video links to Community Relations Coordinator Greg Jensen at email@example.com.
No. 7 – Salute to Sneakers Night (May 12, 2015) – Giving away $100 Modell’s gift cards every inning
The sub-culture of sneaker fanaticism is a growing trend in America. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs want to pay homage to this expanding “sneakerhead” phenomenon with our “Salute to Sneakers Night” here at the ballpark. Fans are invited to show-off their finest kicks for this night dedicated to shoes. Looking to expand your collection? The Blue Crabs will be giving away $100 Modell’s Sporting Goods gift cards every inning throughout the night and you could be the lucky winner!
No. 8 – Candy Drop (August 21, 2015) – A fan-favorite promotion that features a candy drop from a helicopter
Picture this: a helicopter hovers over the field at Regency Furniture Stadium – kids of all ages are ready to rush the field. As the helicopter maintains its position over the grass on the field, something begins to drop from the flying vehicle. Candy! Returning for another season, the ever-popular “Candy Drop” promotion features the Blue Crabs dropping thousands of pieces of candy on the field that is ready to be devoured by its soon-to-be owners. Fans are invited to purchase a spot on the field and take part in this sweet spin on our similar “Money Drop” promotion. Do you have a sweet tooth? This is the promotion for you!
No. 9 – Dollar Hot Dog Night (August 17, 2015) – Need we say more?
Hot dogs and baseball are the perfect combination. For the first time ever, the Blue Crabs will be selling hot dogs at their concession stands for just $1.00 each. That’s right, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on dinner when the Blue Crabs host the York Revolution on August 17. This promotion only comes around once this season, so you do not want to miss out!
No. 10 – 4th of July Festivities (July 4, 2015) – Celebrate America with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
It is the “Red, White & Blue Crabs Celebration” presented by Wawa! Bring the family and enjoy America’s favorite pastime as the Blue Crabs dedicate the day to the land of the free, and the home of the brave. You will want to get here early because the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive an American flag. Our “Home, Sweet Homers” and “Launch-A-Ball” promotions will undoubtedly add to the excitement of the day; but of course, what kind of Independence Day celebration would it be without fireworks?!
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League-ready” and over the last 16 years, more than 600 players have advanced from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the Atlantic League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The franchise will look to open its eighth season on Friday, April 24, 2015. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit www.SOMDbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!