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Free Somerset Patriots Fan Fest Set For Saturday

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots will celebrate the opening of the ballpark with its annual free Fan Fest at TD Bank Ballpark April 9 from noon to 3 p.m.

Somerset Patriots Fan Fest includes a chance for fans to meet and get autographs from baseball legend and the team’s manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, 2015 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Brett Jodie, new hitting/third base coach Glen Barker and pitching coach Cory Domel. Patriots players scheduled to appear are closer Jon Hunton, outfielder Aharon Eggleston, and infielder Scott Kelly.

The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a Patriots Tote Bag. Fans will be able to participate in carnival games and activities, as well as be entertained by clowns, face painters, and Sparkee, Slider and General Admission. All kids get to run the bases at 2:30 p.m.

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Throughout Patriots Fan Fest, the team will provide an exclusive one-day only Opening Day Ticket Special for everyone in attendance. Fans that purchase tickets for Opening Day (Thursday, April 21) will receive a second game for free.

The Patriots will also have special discounted pricing for Mini Plan packages and ticket books. Fans can check out available season ticket seat locations while at the ballpark.

Kids will be able to interview with Spearhead Staffing representatives for the chance to become the Somerset Patriots Kid CEO for the 2016 season, which will give one lucky kid a chance to work and learn all the different aspects of running a baseball team.

Fans can take tours of the Diamond Club and the Suites, which are available for group outings throughout the season. Fans will also be able to see the brand-new Birthday Suite, which will be completed for the upcoming season.

The Patriots Team Store will be open and feature championship apparel and new items for the 2016 season.

Various partner tables will be on site including TD Bank, AT&T, Branchburg Sports Complex, Operation Shoebox New Jersey, New York Life, Hidden Hollow Acres, and Horizon Services. Many more will be announced as the date draws near. At the event, AT&T and the Somerset Patriots will launch this year’s Fan Choice Bobblehead promotion.

The Somerset Patriots have teamed up with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to host a blood drive at the event. All donors will receive a ticket voucher to enjoy a future Somerset Patriots game for participating.

There will be live music by Acoustic Road, a classic acoustic rock duo performing re-creations of the music that helped define the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. For more information, visit acousticroad.com.

Fans will be treated to 19th century baseball game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Atlantic BBC. Players wear wool uniforms, use a special leather ball, and do not use gloves to field.

The Somerset Patriots won its Atlantic League leading sixth championship during the 2015 season. Tickets are now on-sale for the upcoming 2016 season and the schedule can be viewed at www.somersetpatriots.com. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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