The Richmond Flying Squirrels are getting ready to kick off the 2018 season, and they have a lot in store for this year!

Springtime means a lot of things for a lot of people, but for sports fanatics, baseball is the reason for the season. And if you're a Richmonder getting ready for another great year cheering on the Flying Squirrels, you have a lot to be excited about. The ninth season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels will begin on April 13 with a game against the Reading Fightin Phils. This special night will feature a dueling fireworks show, as well as a celebrity appearance by Atlanta Braves World Series champion and five-time MLB All-Star Fred McGriff, who will throw the season's first pitch. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the game will kick off at 7:05 p.m. But don't sweat it if you miss the first game, because you'll have plenty of opportunities to have some fun in the stands this season. Here are just a few exciting promotions to anticipate this year!
Bark in the Park
[caption id="attachment_7183" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Flying Squirrels Courtesy of[/caption] Have you ever wished you could bring your dog to a sporting event instead of leaving them at home? At Bark in the Park, dogs are given free admission so that they can enjoy the game by your side (or on your lap!). Happening on April 16, April 30, May 7, July 16, August 20, and August 27, Bark in the Park is typically paired with another promotion, such as free dog portraits, bobblehead giveaways, and even a silver dog bowl giveaway.
Free Swag
[caption id="attachment_7185" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Flying Squirrels Courtesy of[/caption] Every Tuesday is "Tip of the Cap Tuesday" at the Diamond, where the first 1,000 people receive a free hat. Each week features a different design on a variety of hat styles, from beanies to fedoras to cowboy hats. "Free Shirt Friday" is the same idea, but with t-shirts of different designs. Bobble heads, beach towels, and baseball bats will be given away on certain nights as well.
Live Music
[caption id="attachment_7190" align="aligncenter" width="736"]Flying Squirrels Courtesy of Pinterest[/caption] If baseball doesn't excite you, the live music is sure to keep you entertained. Be on the lookout for Old School Hip-Hop Night, where Flavor Flav will be the special guest. Tribute nights will also be dedicated to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, and even the boy bands of the 90's. The season will close on September 3 with a Bruno Mars tribute and $2,400 worth of giveaways!
Drink Specials
[caption id="attachment_7189" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Courtesy of[/caption] Be sure not to miss "Wine Up Wednesdays," which will be happen every few weeks at the Diamond. Wine (and wine slushie) specials will be available during happy hour. If beer is more your taste, you can get it for a discounted price at "RVA's Best Happy Hour," which is every Friday from 6-8 p.m. Be sure to try the Flying Squirrels branded beer, Chin Music, brewed by Center of the Universe Brewing Company.
[caption id="attachment_7186" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Flying Squirrels Courtesy of[/caption] No Flying Squirrels season would be complete without their famous "In-Your-Face" fireworks. Fireworks will be on every Thursday and Saturday night (unless the team has an away game), as well as a few special themed nights, such as Harry Potter Night and Star Wars Night. And of course, there will be a dueling fireworks display on the Fourth of July. For the full schedule of special events happening this year, check out the Flying Squirrels Promotions page. What do you think? What is your favorite Flying Squirrels promotion? Tell us in the comments!

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