Monday, March 31, 2014

Reno Aces to Kick Off 2014 Season

Photo: Matthew B. Brown
The Reno Aces begin the 2014 campaign Thursday, April 3 as they host the El Paso Chihuahuas at 6:35 p.m. at Aces Ballpark in Reno.

The opening day festivities feature guest appearances by Claire Champlin of “The Amazing Race,” Benjamin Wade of “Survivor,” Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. Prior to the national anthem, all four men will deliver ceremonial first pitches.

The national anthem will be performed by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Choral Director Jennifer Tibben.

Pre-game attractions include a hot-air balloon in front of the rotunda entrance courtesy of The Great Reno Balloon Race. Joining the hot-air balloon are several classic cars provided by Hot August Nights. Also, Harrah’s show girls will accompany the Aces starting lineup as they’re introduced before the national anthem. The show girls will be available for photos near the Aces Team Shop during the game.

Photo: Matthew B. Brown
Opening Day promotions include the magnet schedule giveaway to the first 9,000 fans. Like every other Thursday at Aces Ballpark in 2014, it’s Thirsty Thursday presented by ESPN Radio 94.5 and the Reno News and Review. As a new promotion in 2014, adults can run the bases after each Thursday game.

“We are so proud to open the sixth season of Aces Baseball here in Northern Nevada, and want to make sure our fans know how important they are to our team. The events planned and guests joining us, coupled with the tradition that is opening day, will make for a tremendous evening,” says Eric Edelstein, Aces executive vice president/chief operating officer.

Part of the opening day celebration is the bold weather guarantee recently issued by Manager Phil Nevin. If the temperature at first pitch is not 60 degrees or above, Nevin will buy each fan in attendance a ticket to a future Aces game.

Discounted full and partial season tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase an Aces ticket plan, call 775-334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the off season, visit, follow the club on Twitter or like the team on Facebook.—Reno Aces