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WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE HISTORIC BLACK BEARS OPENING NIGHT – A FANS GUIDE

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE HISTORIC

BLACK BEARS OPENING NIGHT –

A FANS GUIDE

Longview-Kelso, Wash.:  Wednesday, June 2, 2010:    With all the improvements and changes at Story Field, fans may need a guide to getting settled in their seats for the Black Bears Opening Night this Friday.  The first suggestion is simple:  Come prepared to participate and have fun.  The staff is working feverishly to have everything ready for the first game, and they’re working with the same idea – to have fun!

1.      Tickets – Tickets for Opening Night are available through Thursday at the Black Bears office at 755 Vandercook Way, 2nd Floor and at the Red Lion Hotel or by calling 360-703-3195.  Starting Friday, tickets are available for Opening Night and all Black Bears games at the new Left Field Corner Story Field Ticket Office from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on game days, or by calling 360-703-3195.  Following Opening night, general admission tickets are available day of game only.  Purchasing tickets can take time, so please purchase your tickets in advance or be sure to arrive early.  On Opening Night there will be two ticket windows at which tickets may be purchased.  There will also be a ticket booth for will call tickets. General Admission tickets are good for seating in the bleacher grandstand along third base and for lawn chair seating along the first base line.  Yes, lawn chairs are encouraged, as the third base grandstand may be full, and you’ll be asked to watch the game along the first base line.

2.      Parking – There’s plenty of free parking at Story Field.  There’s a large parking lot beyond left-center field, virtually adjacent to the new left field corner stadium entrance.  There’s a large, new parking lot beyond the right field fence.  This parking lot will not be available Opening Night nor July 2nd, because of fireworks shows after those games.  The familiar parking lot behind the grandstand will be available for fans having purchased tickets in advance and in possession of those tickets.  There will be a stadium entrance adjacent to the grandstand parking lot, but ticket sales and will call will not be available at that entrance.

3.      Food and Beverage – You’ll really enjoy the delicious food and cold beverages at the ball park.  An extensive menu is available at the two concession stands.  Please don’t bring coolers, beverages or food into the ball park.

4.      Alcohol - Beer is available in bottles and cans at the two concession stands and on draft behind the first base dugout.  It is important that fans act responsibly.  Over-consumption or abuse will not be tolerated.

5.      Bag Searches – There will be bag searches at the gate, as outside food and beverages, weapons, nor alcohol are permitted from the outside.

6.       Home Plate Club, Party Suites, and Party Deck – Tickets are sold specifically for these areas.  Fans must have tickets designated for these areas to be in these areas.

7.      Grandstand Seating – Grandstand season ticket holders have their seats designated by plaques on the back of their seats.  Those with unreserved grandstand tickets should reserve such seats for the season ticket holders.

8.      Customer Satisfaction Table – If you have questions and/or concerns or would like to sign up your youngster to be a member of the Cold Stone Creamery Kids Club, please visit the Customer Satisfaction Table in the left field corner area.

9.  Game Program and Roster Sheet – The game program, which includes a score sheet, is available free to all fans, while the team roster sheet is available for $1.

10.  Red Lion Red’s Cub Den – The play area for children is located in the right field corner next to the visiting bullpen.  Please enjoy and play safely.

11.  Booster Club – Fans may signup to become a member of the Booster Club at the Booster Club table in the left field corner area.

The Black Bears are members of the West Coast League, a nine-team, professional-like wood-bat summer college league.  The WCL features pro prospects from major conferences across the country.  More than 100 WCL alums are playing affiliated professional baseball this season, and 12 ex-WCL stars are now playing in the Major Leagues.  For more information on the league, visit www.westcoastleague.com.

MEDIA AND SALES CONTACT:

Grant Wilson   

General Manager

(360) 703-3195

gwilson@cowlitzblackbears.com