GAME OF THE WEEK: Akron Aeros vs. Reading Phillies
WHERE: FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading, PA.
WHEN: Saturday April 21st. Festival starts at 4 PM, First Pitch starts at 6:05 PM
One of the more reputable minor league organizations around the country is the Reading Phillies. They have been playing at their home FirstEnergy Stadium since 1951, the oldest stadium in the Double A Eastern League. They’re especially well known around the minor league industry for having one of the more creative promotional teams around. This can either mean crazy/quirky giveaways or really fun events.
Well this Saturday at 4 PM the Reading Phillies will be hosting the First of their Eight Beer Tasting Festivals this year. The beer tasting festival is a 2 and a half hour event with all you can eat buffet consisting of: BBQ Chicken, Sandwiches and Ribs, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Pasta and Potato Salad, Lemonade and Pepsi Products. The buffet will be available between 5-7:30 PM.
But of course the main draw for this event is the BEER! From 5-7 PM any baseball fan (21 and over of course) can sample some of the finest brews around the Reading area. I can guarantee there will be plenty of Yuengling as well as some very nice micro brews. The beer brands will differ throughout each festival and I will try and get more specifics for future events. But this event has a special Saint Patrick’s Day theme to it. There will be an Irish Heritage Celebration that will include Irish Pipe Bands and Dancers as well as an Irish Wake to kickoff the event. There will also be an hour-long postgame concert for anyone who wants to hear the Irish tunes after the game. Tickets for this wonderful event are only $25…and that includes a game ticket!
If the beer tasting or all you can eat buffet doesn’t attract you, there is also a very cool giveaway for the game. The first 2,000 fans that attend the game regardless if they attend the beer festival will receive a 32 OZ St Patty’s Day Baseball Mug (image at the top). Well actually it’s more like a really nice plastic cup with a handle but it’s still really cool!
Did I mention that there is an actual baseball game being played? First Pitch is at 6:05 PM where the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians Double A) take on the Reading Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies Double-A). The Reading Phils have been playing really well storming out of the gate with an impressive 10-4 record. The team has notable prospects OF Tyson Gillies, C Sebastian Valle and SP Trevor May currently playing for the team.
This game will promise to be a fun event for all whom attends. This is 1 of the reasons why I love minor league baseball. A simple baseball game can be turned into an event, insuring that even the most casual fan can have a good time. I mean where else can you go to an all you can eat/beer tasting festival/baseball game/cultural celebration all in the same night…and pay less then $40 I might add? Not to mention event-themed games are crucial for a minor league organization’s bottom-line because they can attract the casual fan. Minor League games will always have the hardcore baseball fans at their games. Their business hinges on whether or not they can convince the casual fan to attend a game. Events such as Reading’s Beer Tasting Festival/St Patty’s Day Night are 1 way to accomplish that goal. They provide that memorable experience that might possibly entice casual fans into coming to another game in the future…or at least leave them with a slight interest in baseball.
Overall Saturday’s game promises to be a fun event! For all of you non-alcoholic drinkers out there I would still encourage you to attend. The Beer Festival does include a very reputable and tasty All You Can Eat Buffet. The game will also provide plenty of Irish-themed events that promise to provide a festive atmosphere for all involved. I hope that I will be able to attend and if I do, I know I will be coming back with a memorable baseball experience!
NOTE: For information on the game and how to get tickets click here: Game of the Week Info