Join Me Saturday for Bike MS – Bluegrass, Bikes and Bourbon Thursday, Jun 23 2016 

That’s right. Yours truly is going to ride 25 miles on Saturday in this great Bike MS event. There’s still time to join me. 

Bike MS: Bluegrass, Bikes & Bourbon 2016

Saturday & Sunday June 25-26 2016

7:30 am Start Time (both days)

Route: 25, 50, 100 mile options

Start and Finish – Louisville Water Tower

Mary Carabella and Suzanne Thompson of the MS Society with a bike being raffled as part of the event

Mary Carabella and Suzanne Thompson of the MS Society with a bike being raffled as part of the event

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter invites the public to “Don’t just ride, Bike MS”. Enjoy a 2 day cycling adventure with your closest friends through the rolling hills of Kentucky. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an avid cyclist, every pedal stroke will raise money and will make a difference in the lives of people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

On the first day cyclists will ride along the banks of the Ohio River, experiencing historic landmarks, and the beauty of our Olmstead Park System.  Cyclists will begin and end the two day journey at the Louisville Water Tower Park.  Sunday boasts a casual ride west to the historic Farnsley-Moremen Landing on the banks of the Ohio River.

Bluegrass, Bikes, Bourbon & BBQ is a fully supported ride with a finish line BBQ party and trolley hop along the Urban Bourbon Trail on Saturday night. Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and Four Roses Bourbon will be one of the featured spirits at the Finish Line!

WHO:         The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter

WHAT:         Enjoy the sights of the Bluegrass State and our finest bourbon offerings; stay

for the challenge, camaraderie, and the knowledge you’re

making an impact in the lives of people living with MS.

 

WHEN:         Saturday, June 25-26 – 7:30AM start both days

WHERE:       Saturday Start/Sunday Finish Louisville Water Tower Park, Louisville, KY

WHY: To support and aide research efforts for those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and help find a cure!

REGISTRATION FEE:

FUNDRAISING MINIMUM: $300

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER:  www.bikemsky.org or 502-526-4031

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LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Amphitheatre to show “Ali” Wednesday, Jun 8 2016 

Iroquois Amphitheater to host showing of “Ali”

And 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville is showing a video tribute all week

 

LOUISVILLE (June 7, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting citizens to a free showing of the 2001 film “Ali,” starring Will Smith, at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday evening, June 9.

Released in 2001, “Ali” is a dramatized telling of Muhammad Ali’s early boxing career to his rise to world champion, his conversion to Islam and his refusal to the draft. The film earned two Academy Award nominations. (Note: the movie is rated R).

Smith, the film’s star, is among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday.

“Ever since we learned of The Champ’s passing, this community has been consumed with all things Ali,” the Mayor said. “We’ve seen televised and printed tributes, remembrances on social media, and we’ve shared our own stories. And still, we cannot get enough. So we thought the public might enjoy coming together to watch this film, which illustrates so much of his early career.”

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The amphitheater gates will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8:30 p.m.

Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, whose 15th District includes the amphitheater, said she is pleased to host a Muhammad Ali tribute in south Louisville.

“The passing of Muhammad Ali has caused sadness throughout Louisville and the world, and District 15 feels it, too,” Butler said. “We welcome all those who wish to remember the great deeds and struggles of a Louisville native who was beloved by so many.”

The Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, is a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible theater with seating for 2,348 that hosts a variety of performing arts and cultural programs located in Iroquois Park. Constructed in 1938, the facility has been a source of pride for south Louisville for decades. It was renovated and modernized after its 2000 performance season.

Also this week, 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville is showing tribute videos to Muhammad Ali, and has provided seating for visitors who want to settle in and view the videos on the large screen.

Ali died June 3 at age 74. He will be buried in a private ceremony Friday at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Public events, such as the I Am Louisville Festival for youth, and a public memorial service, will be held throughout the week to remember him. More information on those events and other ways to remember Ali can be found at alilouisville.com.

 

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Details for Muhammad Ali’s LouisvilleKY funeral Monday, Jun 6 2016 

Louisville, KY., – Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY on Friday, June 10th at the KFC YUM! Center. The service will be open to the public and will begin at 2:00 pm. For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live from www.alicenter.org. The event will be open to the public with limited seating. Information and details on tickets will be released as they become available.

In addition to the funeral, there will be a procession throughout Louisville to allow the general public to pay their last respect to the “Greatest of All Time.” On Friday, June 10 beginning at 9AM, the procession will travel northbound on Bardstown Road, westbound on the Watterson Expressway, and then north on I-­65 to westbound I-­64 (exiting 9th Street ramp). Then traveling west on Muhammad Ali Blvd to 34th Street, left on 34th street to Broadway, making a left on Broadway and then traveling to Cave Hill Cemetery. The route includes locations that were historically important to Muhammad.

Photo from Muhammad Ali Center's Facebook page.

Photo from Muhammad Ali Center’s Facebook page.

The procession will proceed slowly down these streets in order to allow mourners to pay final respects during Muhammad’s final journey.

Mourners will also be able to pay their respects at the Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th Street Louisville, KY). The Center will be open throughout the week to allow the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Ali. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Muhammad Ali Center (www.alicenter.org) to continue promoting Ali’s legacy of humanitarianism.

For any media inquiries, please contact media@boxcarpr.com.

Credentialed media will be allowed inside the funeral at the KFC YUM! Center. All members of the media will be required to present valid credentials at the event. Media can request credentials at www.muhammadalicredential.com.

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LouisvilleKY honors Muhammad Ali with new website Monday, Jun 6 2016 

Website brings together all things about Ali in Louisville; festival meant to inspire children

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 6, 2016) – Muhammad Ali was a global icon and a true citizen of the world. But he was first and always a citizen of Louisville, where he was born and raised.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced two local efforts to honor Ali’s local legacy.

To aid the thousands of visitors flowing into the city this week, Louisville Metro Government has launched a special website devoted to Ali’s life in the River City. The site, alilouisville.com, includes information about Ali’s childhood, his early boxing career, his humanitarian efforts, landmarks associated with Ali, and details about the many local events surrounding this week of tribute to Ali.

Wednesday’s I Am Ali Festival is meant to celebrate Ali’s life journey and fierce determination as an example to all children that no matter the circumstances, they can be the greatest at anything they choose.

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The Festival will be held in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., on Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“From Grand Avenue to across the globe, Muhammad Ali overcame economic hardship and racial and religious discrimination to become The Greatest,” said Fischer. “Louisville’s children – all our children – need opportunities that will give them the confidence to become the greatest at whatever they choose to be. Wednesday’s I Am Ali Festival will provide another demonstration of our city-wide support for Louisville’s youth.”

Jefferson County Public Schools, the Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Zoo, Louisville Free Public Library and other local arts and education organizations will provide booths and entertainment. There will also be a wall where children can write what they want to be the greatest in, as well as arts and education activities.

Musician Jecorey “1200” Arthur will coordinate local entertainment on a music stage.

Photo by Jeff Julian via Muhammad Ali Center's Facebook page.

Photo by Jeff Julian via Muhammad Ali Center’s Facebook page.

Festival-goers also will be encouraged to visit the nearby Muhammad Ali Center, which is offering free admission this week. (A $5 donation is suggested.)

More about the website: Created by the Mayor’s Communications Office, alilouisville.com will remain online after this week as a resource on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Visitors to alilouisville.com can join the conversation by sharing personal tributes to Ali, as well as stories and photos.

“The world is coming to Louisville this week to celebrate the life of our most famous citizen,” Fischer said. “We want to make sure that people know the complete story of Ali’s life here, where he learned the values that helped him become ‘The Greatest of All Time.’”

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LouisvilleKY’s Slugger Field voted best Triple-A Ballpark Monday, Jun 6 2016 

>LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger Field has been voted the best Triple-A ballpark in America as part of Ballpark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks 2016” contest. The bracket-style contest, which began with 30 total teams on May 11, ran for just over three weeks and lasted a total of five rounds. Louisville Slugger Field won the contest after defeating the Indianapolis Indians’ Victory Field in the final round by a difference of just 316 votes. In total, 14,356 fans voted during the final round of voting.

“Louisville Slugger Field is one of the many jewels that minor league baseball has in terms of ballparks built since the 1990’s and we are honored to be chosen as one of those”, said Senior Vice President Greg Galiette. “We want to especially thank our fans for voting and helping us earn the title of best Triple-A ballpark, but also our hardworking staff that make Louisville Slugger Field look its best all season long”.
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West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative master plan to be unveiled next week Wednesday, May 25 2016 

Meeting to be held at Whitney Young Elementary on May 31st

 

Louisville, KY., – A master plan detailing future outdoor recreation opportunities in west Louisville will be unveiled during a public meeting at Whitney M. Young Elementary School on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

“The master plan for the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative is the result of a lot of hard work and thought about how to make nature-based programming and environmental education more accessible to families in those neighborhoods,” said Director of Metro Parks and Recreation Seve Ghose. “We’re hoping for abundant feedback on the plan as this initiative continues to evolve.”

In addition to programming and education, the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative (WLORI) also envisions developing infrastructure in west Louisville that would help support outdoor programs, including cleaning up the pond in Chickasaw Park for safe fishing, providing access to the Ohio River for boating and canoeing, and areas for nature play and exploration.

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The plan also includes creation of the Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center in Shawnee Park, which would serve as the focal point for outdoor recreational programming in west Louisville. Metro Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division, based at Jefferson Memorial Forest, currently spearheads the Louisville ECHO program (Engaging Children Outdoors) that provides environmental education to students who live inside Louisville’s urban core. The Shawnee center would expand on that effort and house it in a more central location.

The rollout of the master plan also kicks off a major fundraising effort to support the implementation of WLORI-related programs.The public will also have its first chance to see a video describing the initiative at the meeting at Whitney M. Young, which is located at 3526 Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Mayor Greg Fischer said the WLORI initiative reflects all three of my administration’s main goals: That we become a community of lifelong learning; that we are a healthier city; and an even more compassionate city.”

“This project will help ensure that everyone in our community has safe places where they can get outside, learn to fish, to hike, to paddle a canoe, and to engage in a lifelong appreciation of our environment,” he said.

“In recent years Metro Parks and Jefferson Memorial Forest staff have provided many opportunities for our young people to learn about and participate in numerous outdoor recreational activities in our parks in West Louisville,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, whose District 5 includes Shawnee and Chickasaw parks.  “Numerous residents have provided input and helped shape the master plan for the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative so I invite the community, especially the residents of District Five, to come out on May 31st and hear what is planned to go forward in bringing the benefits of the great outdoors and nature-based activities to life for the young and old in our West Louisville community.”

In addition to Metro Parks and Recreation, the initiative is being supported by the National Park Service and Wilderness Louisville, the non-profit organization supporting Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Natural Areas Division of Metro Parks.

 

ABOUT LOUISVILLE METRO PARKS AND RECREATION:

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy.  The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.bestparksever.com

ABOUT JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FOREST:
The 6,600 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation.  The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas.

The Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. For more information: 502-368-5404, or visit www.memorialforest.com.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Cards set to take on Purdue Wednesday, May 25 2016 

Cardinals will Face Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Purdue in the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 in the KFC Yum! Center.

 

Purdue produced a 26-9 record and finished tied for third in the Big Ten Conference last season.  The Boilermakers, which were ranked 12th in the final Associated Press poll and 19th in the USA Today coaches poll, fell to Little Rock in double overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

In the last meeting between the two teams, Louisville fell 67-59 to Purdue on Dec. 15, 2007 in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind.  Purdue has an 11-5 all-time series advantage over Louisville, winning the last three matchups.  The Cardinals fell 71-67 at No. 3 Michigan State in last year’s challenge event and beat No. 14 Ohio State 64-55 in Louisville in the Cardinals’ first appearance in the challenge in 2014.

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Ten lettermen return for the Cardinals, which posted a 23-8 record during the 2015-16 season, finished fourth in the ACC and beat two Final Four participants in North Carolina and Syracuse. It was the 14th consecutive season UofL has won 20 or more games — one of just four teams to do so — and the Cardinals were ranked 16th in the Final Associated Press national rankings. Louisville has won 146 games over the past five seasons, the fifth-most in the nation during that stretch.

 

The 14-game slate of inter-conference matchups to be played over a three-day period was announced on Wednesday, with the games to be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. All 14 games will also be available via WatchESPN. Times and specific television will be announced later.

 

Nine programs from the two leagues are ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25 poll, including six of the top nine:  No. 1 Duke; No. 5 Louisville; No. 6 North Carolina; No. 7 Virginia; No. 8 Indiana; No. 9 Wisconsin; No. 13 Michigan State; No. 14 Maryland; No. 16 Purdue and No. 17 Syracuse.

 

Fourteen teams from the two leagues played in the 2015 NCAA Championship including NCAA runner-up North Carolina; Final Four participant Syracuse; Elite Eight teams Notre Dame and Virginia; Sweet 16 teams Duke, Indiana, Maryland, Miami and Wisconsin; and early-round participants Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

 

The Big Ten captured the Commissioner’s Cup the last two years, winning eight of the 14 matchups in each year. The leagues split the previous two events. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year. The ACC holds the 10-5-2 winning record in the previous 17 years.

 

2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule

Monday, Nov 28

Minnesota at Florida State

Wake Forest at Northwestern

Tuesday, Nov 29

No. 17 Syracuse at No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 13 Michigan State at No. 1 Duke

Pittsburgh at No. 14 Maryland

Iowa at Notre Dame

Georgia Tech at Penn State

NC State at Illinois

Wednesday, Nov 30

No. 16 Purdue at No. 5 Louisville

No. 6 North Carolina at No. 8 Indiana

Ohio State at No. 7 Virginia

Virginia Tech at Michigan

Rutgers at Miami

Nebraska at Clemson

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to share Preakness excitement Thursday, May 19 2016 

Photo and story from www.churchilldowns.com.

Louisville, Ky., – The quest by Reddam Racing LLC’s unbeaten Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(Grade I) winner Nyquist to continue on the path to a Triple Crown continues Saturday, May 21 in the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (GI) at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, but fans at Churchill Downs Racetrack will share in the excitement as they view the classic race on the world’s largest 4K video board and take home a commemorative poster of the unbeaten champion’s triumph in the May 7 “Run for the Roses.”

Churchill Downs will distribute 5,000 18” x 24”commemorative posters at its admission gates on Preakness Day that feature a head-on image by Coady Photography of Nyquist’s run to Kentucky Derby glory on the first Saturday in May. Simulcast wagering on the Preakness will be available on Saturday, with post time for the second jewel of the Triple Crown set for 6:45 p.m. (all times EDT).

Kentucky Derby Poster 2016

On-track fans at Churchill Downs also will have an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Preakness with the The Black-Eyed Susan, the event’s official drink that will be available at locations throughout the track.

Saturday’s live racing at Churchill Downs includes 11 exciting events topped by the 79thrunning of the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course and the 11th running of the $65,000-added Opening Verse Overnight Stakes, a one-mile race for older horses on the grass. The Louisville Handicap will be run as the sixth race at 3:16 p.m., while the Opening Verse will go as the last of the day’s 11 live races at 5:52 p.m.

Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. and post time for Saturday’s first race is 12:45 p.m.

Distribution of the Nyquist Kentucky Derby commemorative posters begins with the opening of admission gates at locations just inside of gates 1, 10 and 17. The posters will be available while supplies last.

General admission to Churchill Downs on Preakness Day is $5 and box seats start at $10. Reserved seating and dining reservations are available online atwww.churchilldowns/tickets or by calling (502) 636-4450.

Preakness Week at Churchill Downs kicks-off with the Spring Meet’s second Twilight Thursday celebration on Thursday, May 19. Twilight Thursday offers live music, $1 beers and many of Louisville’s finest food trucks on The Plaza near Gate 1.

The Plaza Stage will feature the music of 800 lb. Gorilla and Thursday’s roster of popular food trucks on the Plaza includes ¡Holy Molé!, Longshot Lobsta, Mark’s Feed Store, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs and Zoom Zoom Yum. Live music on Twilight Thursday will begin with the 4 p.m. opening of the Churchill Downs admission gates.

Thursday’s racing program is highlighted by the fifth-day of a carryover in Churchill Downs’s 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpot. There was no individual winner of the Single 6 on Sunday, May 15 so a four-day pool of $379,810 has carried over to Thursday’s wager, which begins in the third race at 6:11 p.m. on an eight-race Twilight Thursday racing card.

General admission to Twilight Thursday’s and most Churchill Downs Spring Meet racing programs is $3, with reserved seats starting at $10.

The Churchill Downs racing program on Sunday, May 22 includes the return of the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest in the track’s ITW on the Clubhouse second floor at the top of the Gate 17 escalators. Registration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the contest based on mythical $2 wagers will focus on Races 3-8. The first-place prize in the Who’s the Champ? Contest is a $1,000 cash voucher, with a $500 voucher going to the runner-up and $200 to the contest’s third-place finisher.

The entry fee for the Who’s the Champ? Contest is $35 or just $30 for TSC Elite members.

After this week’s opener, the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest will be conducted every Sunday through the remainder of the Spring Meet.

After Twilight Thursday’s 5 p.m. post time, this week’s Friday and Sunday racing programs, like Saturday’s Preakness Day schedule, will have a first race post time of 12:45 p.m. with admission gates set to open at 11:30 am.

 

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LouisvilleKy Men’s basketball successful on an off court Tuesday, May 17 2016 

University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team Achieves Academic and On-Court Success

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has continued to produce successful results in their academic pursuits while also achieving on the court.

The Cardinals collectively attained a 3.38 grade-point average for the 2016 spring semester, with 14 of 15 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA. Ten men’s basketball players achieved a 3.4 or higher GPA during the most recent semester. The men’s basketball team has been around an aggregate 3.0 GPA for 16 consecutive semesters and had attained a 3.36 GPA during the 2015 fall semester.

Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 26-member 2016 ACC All-Academic Team, including Deng Adel, Trey Lewis, Mangok Mathiang, Donovan Mitchell, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Raymond Spalding. Onuaku was also named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Men’s Basketball first team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

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The Cardinals posted a 23-8 record during the 2015-16 season, finished fourth in the ACC and beat two Final Four participants in North Carolina and Syracuse. It was the 14th consecutive season UofL has won 20 or more games and the Cardinals were ranked 16th in the Final Associated Press national rankings.

The academic success continues a recent trend for the UofL men’s basketball team. For the 2014-15 school year, the team produced a collective 3.26 grade point average, just below its record 3.40 GPA from the previous season.

Louisville has received NCAA Public Recognition Awards each of the last four years for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in men’s basketball in the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Over the four-year period of the most recent multiyear APR report from 2011-15, Louisville’s academic success and perfect 1000 APR score has come while the men’s basketball team won a combined 123 games, the second-most in the nation over that period behind. The Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship, reached the 2012 Final Four, the NCAA Sweet 16 all four years, three Elite Eights, won three conference tournament championships and claimed two league regular season titles during that stretch with a perfect APR.

Prior to entering the ACC, UofL’s men’s basketball team earned four straight league Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference sports (2014 American Athletic Conf., 2011-13 Big East).

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Bats return to LouisvilleKY for a seven game homestand Monday, May 16 2016 

BATS HOST COLTS, STAR WARS NIGHT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return home from their season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip through the division for a seven-game homestand. The homestand opens on Monday, May 16 with Scranton Wilkes-Barre making their lone trip to Louisville Slugger Field for four games.
Thursday, May 19, is the third $1 Budweiser Happy Hour of the season from 5:30-7 p.m. with live music featuring “Soul Circus” on the Overlook Deck from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
Friday, Columbus enters town and Colts in Motion will be at the stadium as gates will open at 5:45 p.m. with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Two Colts players, kicker Adam Vinatieri and running back Robert Turbin will be available for autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse inside the stadium during the caravan stop. Five Colts Cheerleaders are also scheduled to appear, along with Colts mascot Blue, and will be available for autographs.
Photo by Eric Bentley

Photo by Eric Bentley

Saturday, the Bats host their third annual STAR WARS Night with approximately 16 characters in attendance and available for meet and greets and photos. The first 1,000 children 12-and-under receive Lighted Space Swords.  Bats players will wear special editionStar Wars jerseys modeled after R2D2, which will be auctioned online at bats.milbauctions.com.  The auctions will begin on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 with all proceeds benefitting Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The Bats enter the final three games of the road trip at division-leading Columbus Friday, in second place in the International League West, 2.0 games back of the Clippers. The Bats are 7-5 in May and 19-14 overall, the second-best record in the International League. Infielder Jermaine Curtis is seventh in the league with a .310 batting average and left-handed pitcher Cody Reed is ninth in the circuit with a 1.88 ERA.  
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The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

Homestand Highlights May 16-May 22

 

Monday, May 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.

·         Margarita Monday: 12 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side.

·         Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window.

·         White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (good either Monday night or all day Tuesday at area White Castles).

 

Tuesday, May 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.

·         $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products, presented by Pepsi, Meijer and 100.5 MYfm

·         Baseball Bingo: Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card.

 

Wednesday, May 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.
·         Republic Bank Customer Discount Wednesday: Fans can buy a half price Field Reserved Ticket discount (up to four (4) people) when presenting their Republic Bank “banking card” or by using the promo code REPUBLIC.
 
Thursday, May 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.
·         Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from the “Soul Circus” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 1
Friday, May 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 7:05 p.m.
·         Indianapolis Colts Caravan: Fans can enjoy the Colts Mobile Tour, a traveling museum on Witherspoon Spoon plaza with the “Play 60” zone.
·         Player Autographs: Colts players, Adam Vinatieri and Robert Turbin will be signing autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse. Colts Cheerleaders will perform on the field in the second inning and signing autographs beginning in the third inning.
·         Boy Scout Night: Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by White Castle
·         Jake the Diamond Dog, courtesy of PNC Bank
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 2

 

Saturday, May 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 6:05 p.m.

·         STAR WARS Night

·         Back Yard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets, presented by Budweiser.

·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 3.

 
Sunday, May 22  – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 2:05 p.m.
·         Bats Bucket Hat: First 2,000 fans receive a Bats Bucket Hat presented by Mt. Dew.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 4.

·         Kids Eat Free: Once again in 2016 at every Sunday home game, all kids 12-and-uner with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child.

·         Inflatable KidsZone: Inflated from 1-4 p.m. in the West Hall of Fame pavilion, presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.

·         Postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Meijer and the YMCA

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