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Trenton Thunder announce “Welcome North” open house for April 1

Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

One sure sign that baseball season is getting close: today, the Trenton Thunder announced details of this year’s “Welcome North” open house event.

On Tuesday, April 1st, fans will have the chance to tour Arm & Hammer Park, watch the Thunder hold their first practice of the year in Trenton, and get autographs from players.

“We’re excited to continue the tradition of opening ARM & HAMMER Park early and giving our loyal fans a chance to meet the players,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith in a team-issued press release.  “It’s a great opportunity for us to open the ballpark and interact with fans before our first game on April 3.”

The gates will open for the free event at 3 p.m., and fans can take a tour of the ballpark while the players are practicing from 3-5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the players will hold a one-hour autograph session.

For more details, visit TrentonThunder.com.

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Odds & ends: Skylands Park, Veterans Ticket Foundation

Here are a few items I had saved to share, but hadn’t gotten around to yet.

Skylands Park sold again

Skylands Park, once home to the New York-Penn League New Jersey Cardinals and later the Can-Am League Sussex Skyhawks, but mostly vacant since 2010, has changed hands again.

The Star-Ledger reported last week that a group including the organizer of State Fair Meadowlands paid $850,000 for the ballpark, 28 acres of land and a liquor license. Sussex Community College’s baseball team is likely to be the only one to call the park home in 2014, but Frank Boulton’s proposed Diamond League remains a possibility for 2015, according to the article.

Trenton Thunder changing section numbering

Arm & Hammer Park seating diagram for 2014 (Trenton Thunder graphic)
Arm & Hammer Park seating diagram for 2014 (Trenton Thunder graphic)

I’m still getting used to calling it Arm & Hammer Park, and now the Trenton Thunder are going to make me get used to new section numbering, too.

The ballpark originally identified its field level section by a number from 1-22, and the sections above the walkway were identified by a letter from A-R. Next year, all the sections of the park will be numbered. Following the popular convention, field level seats will be in sections 101-122; upper level seats will be in sections 201-216 and the luxury suites will be numbered from 1-15.

Veterans Ticket Foundation

A friend made me aware of the Veteran’s Ticket Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that allows people to donate event tickets and gift certificates that would otherwise go unused so that military veterans and their families benefit. It’s a good cause for those of you looking for something to do with tickets to games you can’t or don’t want to go to.