Gwinnett Braves announce 2017 promotional schedule

Gwinnett Braves mascot, Chopper, uses a water gun to spray down young fans during a minor league baseball game between the Norfolk Tides and the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field this past season. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

The Gwinnett Braves announced their preliminary promotional schedule for the 2017 season, their ninth at Coolray Field, on Tuesday afternoon.

This year’s slate features seven post-game fireworks shows, four bobblehead doll giveaways and various other promotions and theme nights. The Atlanta Braves’ Class AAA affiliate opens its home schedule Thursday, April 6 against Durham.

Fireworks displays are scheduled for that opening night game, as well as Saturday, May 13 (Star Wars Night), Saturday, June 24 (First Responders Night), Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day), Saturday, July 22, Saturday, Aug. 12 (Chopper’s Birthday Celebration) and Saturday, Sept. 2.

Bobblehead giveaways, for the first 2,500 fans, will feature a Sean Kazmar Jr. “Star Wars” Bobblehead (Star Wars Night, May 13), a Rio Ruiz “Super Hero” Bobblehead (Super Hero Night, June 10). a baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro Bobblehead (July 22) and a G-Braves radio voice Tony Schiavone and his Chihuahua, Bug, Bobblehead (National Dog Day, Aug. 26).

Gwinnett’s weekly promotions also were announced that include Dog Day Monday (each purchase of a Coolray Field berm ticket gets your dog in free), Two-for-Tuesday (All dugout seats are two for the price of one, excluding Tuesday, July 4), Triple Play Thursday (Fans can purchase four Infield Box tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $40) and Sunday Funday (Fans are invited to play catch on the field before the 1:05 p.m. game and kids, ages 12 and under, are welcome to run the bases following the game).

The full preliminary 2017 promotional schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

April 6

Opening Night

Opening Night T-Shirt Giveaway

Triple Play Thursday

Post-Game Fireworks

April 7

2017 Schedule Magnet Giveaway

April 8

College Rivalry Night

G-Braves Hat Giveaway

April 9

Sunday Funday

April 18

Two-for-Tuesday

April 20

Triple Play Thursday

April 23

Sunday Funday

May 2

Two-for-Tuesday

May 4

Education Day No. 1 (10:35 a.m. start time)

Triple Play Thursday

May 8

Dog Day Monday

May 9

Two-for-Tuesday

May 11

Education Day No. 2 (10:35 a.m. start time)

Triple Play Thursday

May 13

Star Wars Night

Sean Kazmar Jr. “Star Wars” Bobblehead Giveaway

Post-Game Fireworks

May 14

Sunday Funday

May 23

Two-for-Tuesday

May 25

Triple Play Thursday

May 28

Sunday Funday

May 29

Memorial Day (1:05 p.m. start time)

Dog Day Monday

June 5

Dog Day Monday

June 6

Two-for-Tuesday

June 7

Daycare Day No. 1 (12:05 p.m. start time)

June 8

Triple Play Thursday

June 10

Super Hero Night

Rio Ruiz “Super Hero” Bobblehead Giveaway

June 11

Sunday Funday

June 19

Dog Day Monday

June 20

Two-for-Tuesday

June 22

Triple Play Thursday

June 24

First Responders Night

G-Braves Specialty Jersey Auction

Specialty Jersey Replica T-Shirt Giveaway

Post-Game Fireworks

June 25

Sunday Funday

July 4

Independence Day Rally Towel Giveaway

Patriotic Specialty Jersey Auction

Post-Game Fireworks

July 6

Daycare Day No. 2 (12:05 p.m. start time)

Triple Play Thursday

July 8

Beach Night

G-Braves Beach Towel Giveaway

July 9

Sunday Funday

July 17

Dog Day Monday

July 18

Two-for-Tuesday

July 20

Triple Play Thursday

July 22

Phil Niekro Bobblehead Giveaway

Post-Game Fireworks

July 23

Sunday Funday

July 31

Dog Day Monday

Aug. 1

Two-for-Tuesday

Aug. 7

Dog Day Monday

Aug. 8

Two-for-Tuesday

Aug. 10

Triple Play Thursday

Aug. 11

Post-Game Diamond Dig

Aug. 12

Chopper’s Birthday Celebration

G-Braves Lunch Box Giveaway

Post-Game Fireworks

Aug. 13

Sunday Funday

Aug. 26

National Dog Day (each purchase of a Coolray Field berm ticket gets your dog in free)

Tony Schiavone and his Chihuahua, Bug, Bobblehead Giveaway

Aug. 27

Sunday Funday

Sept. 2

2018 Schedule Pennant Giveaway

Mystery Ball/Bobblehead Auction

Post-Game Fireworks

Sept. 3

Sunday Funday

Sept. 4

Labor Day (1:05 p.m. start time)

Dog Day Monday

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