Keeping Up with a Summer Pastime0
The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and summer baseball is almost here!
Since coming to the Northwoods League in 2014, the Kalamazoo Growlers (the Growlers) have positioned themselves as an entertainment company in a baseball environment. From Game of Thrones Appreciation Night to Friends & Family Day, great efforts are made to create memorable and enjoyable events at Homer Stryker Field.
“Fans have fun and get to participate in activities, watch great baseball, and enjoy delicious food,” the Growlers’ Director of Marketing and Media Dean Thomas shared. “We offer unique experiences that you wouldn’t get elsewhere.”
Although the 2020 season had its challenges, Thomas and the Growlers saw it as a learning experience.
“Last year, we learned how to do baseball during a pandemic,” he explained. “It made us very comfortable and confident heading into the 2021 season in terms of mask enforcement, social distance seating, cleaning, and serving food safely. We have a checklist we address before each game that helps us safely operate and still provide entertainment.”
Speaking of the upcoming season, Thomas told us that 2021’s schedule will feature the kind of fun that the fans have come to expect of the Growlers. Whether its entertainment acts, skits, dance routines, or even jugglers, 2021 will have a little something for everyone.
“We really looked to integrate community connections that are a win-win for everyone involved,” Thomas told us. “One of the big entertainers for this year is Kyle the Juggler. Kyle is a student at Western Michigan University who can juggle up to 11 balls at a time and do other crazy tricks. Fireworks shows will also be back as we were not able to have them in 2020.”
Fans can also look forward to Strike Out Cancer Day and the return of the Kalamazoo Lassies for “A League of Their Own” Night. The Growlers’ upcoming entertainment schedule looks exciting but what about the on-field product?
“We have great talent with some returning players,” Thomas assured. “They come from all over the country and some of them will probably play professionally in the minors after college.”
Opening day is Monday, May 31, and the Growlers’ promotional schedule is now available. Ticket plans have been in high demand. Make sure to visit the Growlers’ website to schedule an outing with family and friends while there is still time!