Friday, April 11th, will be a special day here around the ballpark. The Redbirds open the gates to AutoZone Park for the 15th season of play, as the team hosts the Iowa Cubs. The first home stand is scheduled to be one of the best all season long.
Besides being around the excitement and anticipation of the home opener on Friday, the first 3,000 fans will also be treated to the shirt pictured above that commemorates the park’s 15th season, presented by Christian Brothers University. There will also be a Block Party in the Plaza two hours before the game with drink specials and live music. It will be one of the best nights of the season.
On Saturday, April 12th, the first 3,000 fans will receive a handy magnet schedule presented by Shelby County Health. Those in attendance will also be treated to a special fireworks show set to Memphis-themed music.
Fans are invited to join the Redbirds on Sunday, April 13th, for Bark in the Ballpark. All dog owners with a ticket will be able to have their furry friends join them inside AutoZone Park. The game will also feature the national entertainment act of Jake the Diamond Dog. In addition, all hot dogs will be $1 throughout the game.
Fans will not want to miss the chance at this weekend’s terrific slate of games and promotions. Tickets are available here. We hope to see you this weekend!
Yesterday the Memphis Redbirds opened their gates at 1:00 p.m. like usual for a Sunday afternoon home game, except this time the fans’ four-legged friends were able to come too! Shade, water and waste removal were provided for the pups and they seemed to have fun while they were here for Bark in the Ballpark.
You had your big dogs, little dogs, hot dogs, crazy dogs (mostly our full-timer Dan’s dog Maizey), some with weird names, others sporting creative outfits and some that I personally wanted to take home with me.
Dollar hot dogs were offered by King Cotton and even more fun was included thanks to Purina, BrownDog Lodge, Invisible Fence and Little Stinkers Pet Waste Removal.
Nationally renowned act Jake the Diamond Dog was also in attendance to take over bat boy duties every few innings. He even made it a point to go #1 on the field after taking water to the first and third base umpires. The crowd roared with laughter after figuring out exactly why Jake had stopped in the middle of right field, although I’m sure grounds crew wasn’t very thrilled about it.
The Memphis Animal Shelter joined in the festivities bringing eight dogs that were up for adoption.
I am delighted to say that all the dogs were welcome into new homes, including one Caesar Jameson Rooney, adopted by intern roommates Kevin Rooney and Shane Berliner. They already have some cute family photos, don’t you think?
I’m not sure these boys know what they’re getting themselves into…but Caesar already seems to know that he is the boss and Kevin and Shane are his pets.
Throw in a hot dog eating contest, a new addition to our intern class and puppy pools to keep those doggies cool, and I think we had a
pretty successful Bark in the Ballpark! Thanks to all who made their way to AutoZone Park!