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When fans head to Coolray Field, there’s more in store for them than rooting for the G-Braves — even though the ballgame is definitely the main attraction. From playing catch on the field and bobblehead giveaways to Friday fireworks and movie-themed nights, there is entertainment for folks of all ages. That’s why general manager North Johnson describes the Gwinnett Braves as “more than a baseball game. “That’s what we try to embody everyday — every game we try to make sure even the non-baseball fans can come out and have a good time,” Johnson said.
A good example is the Field’s movie-themed nights, which help inspire movie fans, who may not necessarily be baseball fans, to dress up and come out to a game. The Field hosted “Star Wars” night in May, and last Saturday’s game was “Back to the Future” night, which celebrated the classic film’s 30th anniversary and featured The DeLorean on site as well as a Marty McFly jacket jersey auction.
Coolray Field also hosts a variety of weekly promotions, including Meal Deal Monday, Fireworks Friday and Wednesday Baseball Bingo, where fans of all ages can play along with the on-field action during the game for the chance to win prizes.
Families have the opportunity to leave the stands and step out onto the field during Sunday Family Funday. The weekly event gives youngsters the opportunity to bring their ball and glove to play catch on the field before the game. Kids ages 12 and under can also display their athletic abilities while running the bases after the game.
There are also contests for kids to compete in during the game, like racing each other around the bases while stopping at each one, scrambling to put on another piece of a baseball uniform.
Johnson said he really enjoys watching kids compete in water-themed contests, like the game where contestants put on a helmet and try to catch water balloons or attempt to hit water balloons with a plastic baseball bat.
“It’s cool for the kids, and it’s just a lot of fun,” he said. Johnson has fond childhood memories of catching a game at the local minor league ballpark with his older brother and dad, saying a highlight for him was getting treated to a bag of peanuts and soda.
“Those memories that I have with my older brother and dad are the same memories we want to create for today’s generation,” he said.
For more information about events and promotions at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, visit gwinnettbraves.com.