Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.
A full season long promotional schedule can be found on the Legends website at www.lexingtonlegends.com, but among the highlights:
The Legends will offer new weekly promotions, which include discounts on tickets, food and beverages. Every Monday home game will be a Free Parking Monday, presented by Members Heritage Credit Union. Each fan parking their vehicle at Whitaker Bank Ballpark will receive parking free of charge. Each Tuesday night will offer $.25 hot dogs. Returning this year is Thirsty Thursdays presented by Kentucky Ale. This is a fan favorite and will continue to offer beer and Pepsi products for one dollar each through the seventh inning.
Sundays are Free Kids Ticket Sunday, which allows children 12 and under, to enter the ballpark free of charge. These families should also inquire at the box office about becoming a member of the Legends JIF Kids Club. Members receive special benefits such as: exclusive events with the team, discounts at the Legends Stache Shoppe, a photo opportunity in the Legends dugout and many more. Additional information is available at lexingtonlegends.com. All kids are welcome to run the bases after each Sunday home game as well. New for 2018 on Sundays: gates will open thirty minutes earlier and families are invited down to the outfield for open play time to enjoy field games and photo opportunities with Legends players.
There will also be lots of baseball under the sun in 2018. Sunday games will begin at 2:05pm. Two STEM Education Day games are set for April 11 and May 9 with a Day Camp/Splash Day set for June 13, all of which begin at 10:35am. All other Wednesday games will be afternoon games, with first pitch at 1:05pm.
Pepsi Bark in the Park nights, where fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the game, remain on every Thursday home game, including the season opener. To include other pet owners, a Pig at the Park (bring your pet pig to the ballpark), a Slithern’ at the Stadium (bring your reptile pet to the ballpark), and a Barn at the Park (bring your other random pet to the ballpark i.e. mini horse, chicken, etc.) Nights have all been added to the schedule for July 1, August 26 and July 29, respectively. See the Legends website for additional details as these dates approach.
In addition to Opening Night and the July 3 Independence Day Celebration, fireworks shows are scheduled to follow every Friday and Saturday Legends game in June, July and August, for a total of sixteen fireworks shows.
A variety of special appearances and theme nights are on the schedule, including the return of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleaders on June 1, an appearance by kid and family favorite Peppa Pig and George on June 25 and a throwback to the 1990s with Teacher Appreciation Night with a special appearance by Mr. Belding from the popular television show Saved By the Bell on May 24. The Legends are excited to present the first LGBTQ+ Night on June 22, as we celebrate diversity and inclusion within our community.
Experience the amazing stunts of David “The Bullet” Smith a.k.a. The Human Cannonball as he will be shot from a cannon at the game on July 7. Join in the fun as the Legends reprise Daddy/Daughter and Mommy/Son Date Nights with Princess and Super Hero Nights on August 13 and July 9, with the added bonus of Super Hero themed specialty jerseys worn by the Legends on August 9.
Faith and Family Night, sponsored by Asbury University, is set for Saturday, July 28. The Legends will welcome a prominent Christian rock band to perform a post-game concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, with details to be announced very soon.
The Legends are proud to offer two new exciting nights; Sensory-Friendly Nights on May 13 and June 11, that will feature gates opening early for all families with children with autism and other special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of baseball with time in the kids play area and a meet and greet with Big L and the team. This sensory-friendly time in Whitaker Bank Ballpark will have no loud music or Public-Address announcements and will be limited to only sensory-friendly needs families.
Legends will also be offering Sensory-Friendly Kits for fans to pick up at Guest Services throughout the course of the season. The kit includes noise reducing ear covers, antiglare glasses, a communication card, an identification wristband, a venue map and a fidget toy. For more information on Sensory-Friendly Nights or kits, contact Sarah Bosso at [email protected].
Giveaways will recognize former Legends infielder and 2017 World Series MVP, Astros Jose Altuve, with a kid’s growth chart, to be given away on May 12. A kids gear give-a-way is slated for July 27, mustache socks on April 21, and a fun commemorative nod to the Backstreet Boys on August 11. Other give-a-ways will be announced at a later date, some of which will be bobbleheads of those who have made it big from Morehead State University and with University of Kentucky Athletics.
“The 2018 schedule is chalk full of new and fantastic promotions,” said Legends President and CEO Andy Shea. “Once again, Legends fans can experience all the fun of Minor League Baseball at an affordable price. It’s going to be an exciting year.”
For more information about the Legends, contact Sarah Bosso at [email protected] or 859-422-7855. The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, will return home to Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Charleston RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Opening Day – April 5, 2018. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com.