FARGO — Daring dogs and booming buckets are entertainment options fans can watch at Newman Outdoor Field this summer to complement the baseball.
Halftime Dogs Flying Disc Show and Bucket Ruckus are in-game entertainment acts that are part of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ home schedule.
The RedHawks have their home opener at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, against the Milwaukee Milkmen in American Association baseball. Their promotions schedule features staples like seven fireworks nights, but also include something new like the aforementioned acts.
Bucket Ruckus is a drumline group that is scheduled to perform at Newman Outdoor Field on July 12.
“It’s a high-tempo, high-excitement type of group,” said RedHawks assistant general manager Karl Hoium. “They interact with fans throughout the games. We tried getting them last year and the dates didn’t work out.”
The Halftime Dogs and their tricks are scheduled to be at Newman on June 19. The dogs perform a variety of high-flying frisbee tricks.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve never had an animal entertainment group,” Hoium said. “I thought it was something new. I haven’t seen anything like that around here at all.”
Hoium said six of the fireworks nights are after Friday games. There is also a fireworks display on Aug. 31 for fan appreciation night.
“The fireworks nights have just become a staple,” Hoium said. “We’ve tried to continue that for the most part. Fans and fireworks, people love it.”
Hoium said the challenge is to keep some of the proven fan-favorite promotions, while also adding something new each season.
“You’ve always got to find a mix,” Hoium said.
Here are some other notable promotions for the upcoming season at Newman:
Fans for the fans
For the game on Aug. 15, the first 1,000 fans are set to receive a mobile phone fan to help keep cool on a warm summer night.
Hoium said the mobile phone fans have been sold in the team store and received a good response.
“People loved them,” Hoium said.
Blast from the past
For the July 7 game, the RedHawks will be giving away 1,000 replica No. 7 Joe Mathis jerseys. Mathis is a former star center fielder who played for the franchise from 2003-2008.
“The jerseys have been one of those things that will continue to be an annual thing,” Hoium said.
Birds and Dragons
For the Aug. 25 game, the RedHawks teamed with Minnesota State Moorhead for a promotion. The first 1,000 fans are to receive a baseball cap that features RedHawks and Dragons logos.
Hoium said the idea comes from the Minnesota Twins, who in the past have had numerous games in which the Major League club has paired with regional universities, like North Dakota State, the University of North Dakota and South Dakota State.
“I’m excited for that,” Hoium said. “This is definitely something new for us. We’ve seen the Twins do it with different colleges.”
The RedHawks are also set to have a number of themed games, including Star Wars night on July 20 and Princess day on July 7.
F-M is scheduled to have its Breast Cancer Awareness night on July 10. The team will wear pink jerseys that will be auctioned off for breast cancer research. Pediatric Cancer Awareness night is on June 22. The RedHawks will wear special jerseys for that game that will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Gold Glove Charities.
“It’s important,” Hoium said. “We definitely want to give back to the community when we can.”
On Aug. 17, the RedHawks will host an Honor Flight day. The team will again wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off to support the Veterans Honor Flight. The RedHawks have their Military Appreciation night on June 18.