To assist in the awareness of autism, the York Revolution (independent; Atlantic League) will host Sensory Friendly Night on July 27.
As we covered last month, sensory friendly days are becoming a common offering across all levels of baseball. According to the National Autistic Society, “Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times…. Too much information can cause stress, anxiety, and possibly physical pain.” To make for a more suitable atmosphere, sensory friendly nights feature reduced announcements, graphics, and promotions, which is what the Revolution are planning for Wednesday.
The pre- and in-game events of the 6:30 p.m. matchup will feature fewer public address announcements, reduced volume from the ballpark speakers, and fewer motion graphics on the video boards in an effort to make the usually stimuli-filled environment of a professional baseball game more welcoming to those with autism and other disorders who are adversely affected by that kind of stimulation.
Revs icon Cannonball Charlie will save some ammunition and not fire as usual for each home team home run. The Revolution’s beloved furry blue mascot DownTown will also cut back on his activities and wait for children to approach him that night, rather than actively say hi to as many people as he can.
“We are looking forward to welcoming fans for whom the usual excitement of a game at PeoplesBank Park can be too much to process,” said Revolution President Eric Menzer. “We hope this is an evening that gives them and their families great entertainment value and reminds them that they are very much important members of the Revolution fan base.”
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