In the ultimate reward for loyalty, the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A; Midwest League) will offer free admission to fans for their game on April 26. That night’s contest against the South Bend Cubs at Modern Woodmen Park will feature free entry for all fans, as the River Bandits show their appreciation to the Quad Cities community.
The River Bandits have set numerous attendance records over the past two seasons and view this as a way to both thank the Quad Cities community for their support while also providing a chance for those who may have never been to a game at the Friendliest Ballpark in America to seize the opportunity.
Those with season tickets and pre-purchased tickets will be given priority to their reserved seats. The remainder of tickets available on game day will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fans should get to the ballpark early to ensure they get the best seats in the house.
“We absolutely love this community and cannot think of a better way to say thank you to everyone for all of the great support we have enjoyed over the years than by welcoming everyone to Modern Woodmen Park for free,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “The support we get from our fans in the Quad Cities has allowed us grow and and stay the leader in affordable family entertainment. Now we want to make sure everyone has a chance to experience the delicious food, fun rides and great memories that come with River Bandits baseball.”
This is the second consecutive year the River Bandits have offered free admission to a game at Modern Woodmen Park. In 2015, the Bandits celebrated Modern Woodmen Park’s coronation as Ballpark Digest ‘Best of the Ballparks’ for Class-A baseball. The River Bandits also hosted a free game in 2013 to help the community heal after the Mississippi River flooded.
“Our fans are the driving force behind everything we do,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “The upgrades and remodeling of our ballpark, the expanded food options, and constantly growing number of amusements and attractions is all designed to give our fans the best experience possible. We hope a free game shows how grateful we are for the support from this community that allows us to be the best in Minor League Baseball.”
First pitch for the free game is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. Gates will open at 6:00 and the box office will be open starting at 9:00 a.m. to pick up tickets. Tickets for the free-admission game are not transferable to any other date.