Orioles Press Release
Orioles hold Annual Fan Appreciation celebration during final homestand, September 24-29
As the Orioles "Buckle Back Up" and prepare for a final push for the postseason, the Birds will thank fans for their support during the club's annual Fan Appreciation Celebration which takes place over the final homestand of the regular season when they host the Toronto Blue Jays for three games and the Boston Red Sox for three games, Tuesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 29 at Oriole Park.
The six day celebration includes opportunities for fans to be selected at random to win unique opportunities including on-field visits, Fan of the Game contests, the popular "Shirts Off Our Backs" promotion, the chance to take the field with Orioles players for the National Anthem and more.
Fans are encouraged to wear Orioles clothing and arrive at the ballpark early each day. Eutaw Street will open two hours before game time and the entire ballpark will be open 1 ½ hours before the start of the game.
A complete list of Fan Appreciation Celebration activities, events and prizes is listed below.
On Tuesday, September 24, fans will be randomly chosen throughout the game to win prizes and be featured on the centerfield video board. Prizes include two (2) Southwest Airlines travel vouchers, autographed memorabilia, 2014 Opening Day tickets, and a 13-Game Season Ticket Plan for 2014.
DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER
The Orioles have extended the American Heart Association 50% ticket discount for their series against the Blue Jays, September 24-26. For a $10 donation per ticket to the American Heart Association, fans will receive 50% all tickets. To take advantage of this offer, fans must visit www.orioles.com/aha.
SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT
On Wednesday, September 25, the Orioles will host their first ever Social Media Night at Oriole Park. An exclusive pre-game party on the centerfield roof deck will host 250 of the Orioles most avid social media followers, including the top members of the Orioles' social rewards program, O's Birds Nest. The pre-game party will also include a visit from Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations DAN DUQUETTE and a Q&A with MASNsports.com writer ROCH KUBATKO and Orioles.com writer BRITTANY GHIROLI. A limited number of tickets to this pre-game event are still available at www.orioles.com/socialmedianight.
Social Media Night will include numerous promotions and prizes for all fans in attendance and following virtually. Some of the promotions are listed below. Fans should visit www.orioles.com/socialmedianight for further details.
"Catch a #Winner"
The Orioles "Catch a #Winner" promotion will occur pre-game during batting practice. Fans who retrieve baseballs that have been stamped "#Winner" can show the baseball at the Orioles Fan Assistance in the Warehouse to receive a prize.
For fans at the ballpark and those who are unable to attend, the Orioles official Twitter account will retweet fans who assist with the play-by-play of the game.
During the game, the Orioles Instagram account will reveal photo clues to lead fans to a location in the ballpark. The fan who reaches the location first will have a chance to win an autographed item.
Orioles fans will have a chance to have complimentary food delivered to their seats during the game, just by tweeting #BringMeFood, their desired menu item and their seat location.
Additional promotions will be going on throughout the night both for fans in attendance and those following at home. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Orioles' social accounts for details, announcements and exclusive clues. A complete list of the team's social media platforms is available at www.orioles.com/connect.
FANS TAKE THE FIELD FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
On Thursday, September 26, nine fans will be randomly selected to take the field and stand with an Orioles player during the National Anthem.
FAN DESIGNED T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
For the first time, the Orioles held a contest to allow a fan to design a team giveaway. Fans were asked to submit t-shirt designs, and members of the Orioles front office chose the top three (of the more than 500 entries) to be voted on by the fans on orioles.com. Scott Thompson from Rockville, MD was chosen by fans as the winner for his "Orioles Magic Shaving Cream Pie" shirt. The first 10,000 fans 15 and over on Thursday, September 26 will receive this fan designed shirt.
FANS WATCH FIREWORKS FROM THE FIELD
On Friday, September 27, Orioles players will toss baseballs into the stands and the lucky fans who receive a specially marked baseball will be invited, along with a guest, to watch the post-game fireworks from the field.
The music for the fireworks show will be a compilation of songs chosen by Orioles fans. Previously, the Orioles asked fans via Facebook and Twitter what songs they would like to hear played during the post-game fireworks and selected songs based on those requests.
One randomly selected fan will be chosen for a chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Saturday, September 28 game vs. the Boston Red Sox.
On Saturday, September 28, fans should keep an eye out for Orioles players who will be making appearances throughout Oriole Park and interacting with fans by performing various ballpark jobs. In addition, several fans will be randomly selected to take part in a number of ballpark experiences, including exchanging the lineup card, taking a turn as a guest Public Address Announcer for an inning, visiting the MASN TV booth and Orioles Radio Network booth, sitting with the grounds crew in the outfield and watching the game with DAN DUQUETTE for an inning.
CHRIS DAVIS AT&T FANS' CHOICE BOBBLEHEAD
On Sunday, September 29, the first 25,000 fans 15 & over will receive a CHRIS DAVIS bobblehead. Davis was selected as the AT&T Fans' Choice Bobblehead earlier in the season. Fans can visit www.orioles.com/bobblehead to see a video featuring Davis that reveals the pose.
SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS PROMOTION
On Sunday, September 29, fans will be chosen at random to go onto the field prior to the game to receive the shirts off the back of an Orioles player. Players will autograph their game-worn jerseys and send them to the chosen fans once the season is completed.
ADDITIONAL PROMOTIONS AND FAN APPRECIATION ACTIVITIES
TRIBUTE TO THE FANS
Orioles staff will wear "Thank You Fans" shirts and/or buttons, and a video tribute to fans will be played each game on the centerfield video board. The video will also be available at www.orioles.com/fans for fans to view.
FAN OF THE GAME
During each game of the homestand, the fan that is chosen as "Fan of the Game" before the bottom of the 5th inning on the Orioles centerfield video board will receive an "Ultimate Orioles Prize Pack".
For more information about Orioles 2013 Fan Appreciation Celebration, fans can call 888-848-BIRD or visit www.orioles.com/fans.
AT THE BALLPARK CHECK-IN OFFERS
All fans who check in at Oriole Park via MLB.com's At The Ballpark application between September 27-29 will receive a 20% off discount offer for the MLB.com Shop. One lucky fan who checks in on Sunday, September 29 will receive a $50 online gift code for the MLB.com Shop.