Boring winter weekends are done for a while… Are you ready for this Wild Weekend of Lehigh Valley Sports?!
Who is going to be Wild enough to get to all three? I’ll make you a deal. The first 5 super fans to email me photos of themselves (with me) at ALL 3 EVENTS this weekend… will win a secret prize!
Saturday April 5th – Lehigh Valley RollerGirls Blast Furnace Betties Home Bout!
Sunday April 6th – Steelhawks’ Arena Football Home Opener!
Lehigh Valley Opens the Season at Home for the First TimeBethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (0-0) open their 2014 season PIFL season at home for the first time in franchise history. Visiting the Valley for the first time are the newly formed Trenton Freedom (1-0), who are fresh off a big win over the Richmond Raiders in their first game in team history. The 4:00pm game on Sunday, April 6th will be the first of three meeting between the two National Conference teams.
The Steelhawks will be starting an inexperienced offense behind All-PIFL and Bethlehem native QB Adam Bednarik, one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league. Last season he shattered franchise records by throwing for 2,837 yards, 53 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions on a 70.4% completion record.
Defensively the Steelhawks front five includes four All-PIFL players. DL Larry Ford (17 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles) returns to the Valley for a second season after being named to the All-PIFL 2nd team in 2013. DL Brandon Sutton joins the team this year after playing in Richmond last season. He had 33 tackles, and 9 sacks in 2013, earning him a spot on the All-PIFL 2nd team. DL Justin Wells (2nd Team All-PIFL in 2013) completes Lehigh Valley’s defensive line. Last season Wells played in Knoxville, tallying 29 tackles and 5 sacks. Michael Woodhouse comes off a brief hiatus from football. He brings a dual threat as he can lineup as a linebacker or as a defensive end. Woodhouse played in Richmond during the 2012 season and earned 1st team All-PIFL honors.
The Steelhawks backfield is young but brings back multiple players that played in the Valley briefly last season before injuries ended their season prematurely; DBs Terrence Osborne, Stefaun Whitehead, and Devin Duggan.
The Freedom will be bringing some familiar faces with them as they journey to the Lehigh Valley. Head Coach Kevin O’Hanlon is former Steelhawks defensive coordinator. Trenton’s Defensive Coordinator Bob Kohler was also a former member of Lehigh Valley’s coaching staff. Starting DB John Kennedy returns to play in the Valley too, this time as a member of the opposing team.
Trenton is led by former Richmond Raider, QB Warren Smith. Last week he threw for 171 yards, an impressive 85% completion rating, threw for 4 touchdowns, rushed for 2 touchdowns including one 40 yarder.
This year’s home opener is presented by KALCO Resources/Powerhouse Sports, who will giving the first 1,000 fans through the door a FREE Steelhawks 2014 schedule t-shirt. There will be multiple fan giveaways and contests throughout the game. $1 dollar hot dogs are also available! Once again this season, Boscov’s Travel will be giving away a Free Vacation to one lucky season ticket holder. For every Steelhawks touchdown scored at home games, one season ticket holder will be entered into a drawing at the last home contest.
Following this weekends game the Steelhawks next contest is on the road, taking on the Harrisburg Stampede (April 11th, 7:30pm). The team returns to Stabler Arena for their next home game on April 26th, 7:00pm kickoff; that game is deemed “Friends and Family Night” presented by ESSA Bank & Trust. A special drawstring backpack will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the door.
Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news!
Flex season ticket packages will be on sale after the home opener. It’s not too late to get discounted tickets to every 2014 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks game. You can reserve your seats by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100. Individual game tickets for each home game are now available as well!
Monday April 7th – IronPigs’ Baseball Home Opener!
Opener Tabbed for 5:05 p.m. on Monday, April 7; Tickets are Still Available(Allentown, Pa.) – After a seven month hiatus, the “Boys of Summer” return to Coca-Cola Park for their home opener on Monday, April 7 with a special twilight 5:05 p.m. start time against the Buffalo Bisons. The first 3,000 fans 18 and older receive a commemorative Opening Night T-Shirt presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications.
The season’s first homestand, which runs daily through April 13 at Coca-Cola Park, includes some of the best giveaways of the season, including a Cody Asche Bobblehead giveaway (Wednesday, April 9), a Jonathan Pettibone Bobblehead giveaway (Thursday, April 10), Friday Night Fireworks (Friday, April 11), an Andy Tracy Commemorative Cup giveaway (Saturday, April 12) and a Fleece Blanket keepsake (Sunday, April 13). A full list of 2014 promotions is available at ironpigsbaseball.com.
Great seats are still available for the opener and all upcoming games and can be purchased in-person at Coca-Cola Park (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or online at ironpigsbaseball.com. Don’t forget to inquire about some of our newest seating areas, including the “Hot Corner” and the “Bacon Strip”, which offer IronPigs fans the most unique and distinctive seating and hospitality areas in all of Minor League Baseball.
In addition to the T-shirt giveaway, numerous other festivities are planned for Opening Night, including:
Complimentary bacon bits on any concessions item purchased at Coca-Cola Park (certain restrictions may apply from purchases made at outside vendors such as Aw Shucks, Gyro Company, Nuts for You and Philly Pretzel).
An extra-early opening of all gates at 3:30 p.m. to allow fans to partake in the pre-game festivities and experiences.
A pre-game performance by “The Burning Hearts, Fire & Light Theater”. Beginning when gates open at 3:30 p.m., fans won’t want to miss this performance troupe’s theatrics centered on the theme of fire. The show features object manipulation and dance set to astound and immerse the audience in visual delight.
An appearance by the IronPigs drumline, the Designated Hitters, performing in the parking lot and also during pre-game festivities.
Heroes Night will allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed.
Formal introductions of both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Buffalo Bisons in a pre-game ceremony.
Fans are reminded that there are three entry points for parking and are encouraged to use the Dauphin Street entrance when traveling from downtown Allentown. In addition to the Dauphin Street entrance, entry to Coca-Cola Park can be gained off American Parkway and Union Boulevard. Preferred/Handicapped Parking access is available via American Parkway only.
The cost of parking in Coca-Cola Park’s “Pig Tail Porking Spaces” is $3 per vehicle for all IronPigs home games.
Single-game tickets, mini-plan packages and group tickets for all IronPigs home games presented by Capital BlueCross, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Coca-Cola Park Ticket Office, online at http://www.ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 841-PIGS.
Don’t forget to ask about the four-person “islands” in the Red Robin Oasis located directly above the left field bullpens. Each island is covered underneath a thatched roof and includes a circular half-table, cocktail-style seating for the four fans in the party and wait service.