Gildan USA will continue its sponsorship of major Triple-A events through 2018, with the added bonus of the IL/PCL All-Star and National Championship Games being hosted in the same city — Columbus, Ohio.
Never before has one city hosted both Triple-A Baseball epic events in the same season. Columbus will host the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Huntington Bank and Gildan on July 11 at Huntington Park and will include exciting events and activities like the popular Home Run Derby. Then, on September 18, the 2018 Gildan Triple-A National Championship – the one-game, winner-take-all showdown between the champions of the International League and the Pacific Coast League – will take place at Huntington Park and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
“The 2018 season will be the 10th season at our beautiful and award winning Huntington Park,” said Ken Schnacke, President and General Manager, Columbus Clippers. “To have the opportunity to host both the Triple-A All-Star game AND The Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game will make this season even extra special; and will mark the very first time in Triple-A history that both events have been held at the same place. On top of that, to have Gildan again be a part of these events makes this a “GRAND SLAM” for all of us.”
“At Gildan, we appreciate the partnership and quality of our relationships with Triple-A Baseball, its leagues, owners, ballparks and teams,” said Rob Packard, Vice-President, Marketing, Gildan Branded Apparel. “We take great pride in being the National Sponsor for 2018 Triple-A Baseball, with its over 14 million fans that cheer hometown teams across the country. We align Gildan brand with fun and exciting events, and there’s nothing like the fun of minor league baseball. We’ve been creating exciting fan traditions at these games since 2012, enhancing the fan experience. Men, women, and kids all love the national pastime and as we’ve seen at Triple-A ballparks nationwide, they love Gildan, too.”
Since 2012, Gildan has been the Official National Sponsor of Triple-A Baseball, all 30 teams and all 30 ballparks. Tangible partnership performance and strong relationships at the league and team levels resulted in the initial sponsorship extending through to the end of 2017.