Beloit Sky Carp celebrate inaugural home opener
The first game under the new team name will be on Tuesday night at ABC Supply Stadium.
BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV) - It’s a new era for baseball in Beloit.
The Beloit Sky Carp will celebrate its inaugural home opener on Tuesday night at ABC Supply Stadium. The Miami Marlins High-A affiliate opened up the season on the road and lost three straight games to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Fans of the once-dubbed Beloit Snappers have a lot to look forward to this season. The new team name was unveiled last November after fans selected to choose the goose.
As part of the home opener, the first 1,500 fans will receive a free magnet with the 2022 schedule. There will be 12 other promotional giveaway games throughout the season.
Maria Valentyn, the VP of Entertainment, says there’s going to be a lot going on off the field.
“You don’t have to be a fan of baseball to come out because we’re going to have so many things going on every home game of the summer for you to have fun,” said Valentyn.
Select Fridays will feature fireworks after the game and Sundays will be Family Fun Days where kids can run the bases. Over the next few weeks, the Beloit Sky Carp will announce more special theme nights.
Sky Carp President Zach Brockman says these weekly promotions will help bring people inside the ball park and to downtown Beloit.
“There’s so much synergy with downtown,” Brockman said. “There’s a lot of eateries and fun places to go. You can either start there and come here or vice versa and start here and go there post-game.”
The team is also asking for help to name its new mascot in a fan submission contest. Since the team opened up the website for submissions, hundreds have poured in.
Brockman says there’s interest in buying gear and apparel online as well.
“Our online merchandise sales have been really good,” said Brockman. “So if that says anything about what this area thinks of the new logo, I think it’s very positive.”
At the concession stand, adults can purchase the Fowl Pole Golden Ale brewed special by Potosi Brewing Company. Proceeds from the beer sales will go toward the Stateline YMCA.
Ahead of the first home opener, Brockman believes the future of baseball in Beloit looks promising.
“There are only so many communities in this nation that have professional baseball. Beloit is super fortunate to have that and to have this professional ballpark,” said Brockman. “It’s a great fixture and it will be here for many years to come.”
First pitch for the home opener against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers is Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.
To purchase tickets to a Sky Carp game or learn more about upcoming events, click HERE to visit the team website.
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