The Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A; Midwest League) have announced details for a solar eclipse promotion that will take place on August 21.
The National Eclipse has already become the subject of promotions for a few teams in its path. The Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) will host a viewing party at First Tennessee Park, while the Lexington County Blowfish (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season A; Northwest League) have already announced related offerings.
The Hot Rods are planning an elaborate event that will include specialty jerseys. The game will feature a 10:35 AM first pitch, almost three hours prior to the near minute of total eclipse that will happen at 1:27 PM. In the event that the game ends prior to the eclipse, fans will be encouraged to stay.
Thanks to Bendix Spicer, the Ballpark Blackout will feature special jerseys worn by both teams. The Hot Rods will wear moon jerseys, while the West Michigan White Caps will wear sun jerseys. Both teams’ jerseys will be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefitting Norton Children’s Hospital.
“We are thrilled to host an eclipse watch party right here at Bowling Green Ballpark,” said Hot Rods general manager Eric C. Leach. “The eclipse is a once in a lifetime event, and we are gearing up for a big day of baseball and other features to help highlight the eclipse.”
Dr. Eric Rappin, a Mesonet Research Professor at Western Kentucky University, will be on hand to speak about the eclipse.
The first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive solar eclipse viewing glasses made by Rainbow Symphony. These glasses will provide a safe eclipse viewing experience and meet all the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015.
“We want to ensure the safety of our fans,” Leach added. “We know that there are several non-certified glasses out there, so we secured the best ones recommended by NASA for our fans.”
Sections 101-103 and 116-118 will offer the best view of the eclipse. Fans can purchase $8 box seats (sections 101-107 and 113-118) online with the code ECLIPSE, and General Admission Picnic Table seating will be available in the newly named Telescope Landing (Reinhart Landing) in left field for $10.