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R-Phils extend Gluttony Night sched in 2010

The Reading Phillies will open the all-you-can-eat trough for a third time this coming season.The Reading Phillies (Class AA; Eastern League) were so successful at fattening the local population last season that they decided to add a third Gluttony Nights to the 2010 schedule, and the first will hit Reading on Friday, April 9 – on just the second day of the season.

"We pushed the envelope with last year’s Gluttony Nights,” said R-Phils general manager Scott Hunsicker. “Why not push it again?"

Two weeks ago, during the unveiling of the R-Phils opening weekend festivities, the first Gluttony Night was revealed, giving fans a look back at last year’s spectacular event — and an inside look of what they could expect in 2010.

Just like last year, any fan attending a Gluttony Night game will have the chance to chow down on some of their favorite ballpark food. For just $10, fans can buy a Gluttony Night wristband — which grants them all-you-can-eat cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries, ice cream, funnel cakes, and fountain sodas, from 5:00 until the 7th inning stretch. Fans can also take advantage of this exciting night by purchasing a discounted $15 combo ticket, which includes the choice of a green reserved seat, or general admission ticket, and the all-you-can-eat items at the concession stands.

“Last year, we gave fans two chances to partake in Gluttony Night, and with the overwhelming success, we decided to add a third,” said Hunsicker. “We look forward to shattering any and all of our food records this season.”

During the first Gluttony Night at FirstEnergy Stadium, a crowd of 6,435 of hungry R-Phils fans entered through the turnstiles — the largest crowd on a Tuesday night during the month of May, and each fan consumed an average of $19 worth of food. The Gluttons set a stadium record by gulping down 4,549 hot dogs (1.77 per) — topping the previous high of 4,275 sold on Father’s Day 2008.

As part of the all-you-can-eat feeding frenzies held during the games on Gluttony Night I (May 19) and Gluttony Night II (August 26), the combined quantity of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries, funnel cake, ice cream and soda consumed amounted to 39,239.

The second of three Gluttony Nights in 2010 will be held on June 1 during the 6:35 p.m. game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. All fans in attendance who decide to buy the $10 wristband will once again have the opportunity to eat as much as they can.

Before the 2010 season concludes, a third Gluttony Night will take place on Monday, August 30. During the 7:05 p.m. contest against the New Britain Rock Cats, fans will once again be able to eat as much as their hearts — or bellies desire.

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