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.
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
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.