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Asheville Tourists Begin 2009 Season


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists will be kicking off their season on April 7th at “Fan Fest” with an exhibition game against Blue Ridge Community College. The festivities will begin at 4:00 p.m. at McCormick Field and it marks the first chance to see the team in action, get autographs and take advantage of ticket and merchandise specials.

Season ticket holders and sponsors are invited to take part in an exclusive Tourists meet-and-greet cocktail hour catered by Zaxby’s. The festivities will end with an exhibition game beginning at 7:05 p.m. and it will double as a fund raiser for Blue Ridge Community College athletics.

Fan Fest and the exhibition game are free to everyone and fans are encouraged to make a donation to the BRCC athletic association. Any donation of $5 or more will be rewarded with two Tourists general admission tickets to a future game at McCormick Field.

“Fan Fest is something that we always look forward to,” Director of Broadcasting Jay Burnham stated. “The team comes into town and the fans can take advantage of ticket discounts and giveaways.”

Some of the Fan Fest festivities include: inflatable concourse games, $1 popcorn, soda and hotdogs along with a chance to win various prizes throughout the game. Ted E. Tourist will be out to celebrate the event and tickets for any box or general admission seat for future games can be purchased for $5. Some restrictions do apply.

Fan Fest will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the exhibition game taking place at 7:05 p.m. The team is scheduled to take batting practice on the revamped field from 4:15-5:00 p.m. with autographs to follow. The season ticket holder meet-and-greet cocktail hour will be held in the clubhouse from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“This is an event that is dedicated to our fans,” Assistant General Manager Jodee Ciszewski. “It commemorates our season beginning and offers a chance to come out and get a feel for baseball and family fun.”

The Tourists players are sent to Asheville by their Major League affiliate the Colorado Rockies. It is uncertain which players will be suiting up for the team until Spring Training ends and the players actually arrive in Asheville. The Tourists regular season home schedule begins at 7:05 on Monday, April 13th. The team opens up on the road in Kannapolis on April 9th. Each game this season can be heard on 100.7 FM WRES or online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

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