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RENO ACES ‘DISCOVER’ NORTHERN NEVADA’S NEWEST ADDITION

news_acesday_tshirtacesGilligan’s Island’s May Ann is greeting Aces fans this Sunday, August 7, at the Aces Stadium for Discovery Day.

“Why?” You may ask?

Only one month away from its grand opening, The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is taking over the Reno Aces ballpark with a Gilligan’s Island theme in honor of Terry Lee Wells Foundation chairman, Dawn Wells. Wells, aka Mary Ann Summers on the popular 1960s television comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” will be outside the main entrance of the ballpark to greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs beginning at 5pm.

Don’t arrive late because Wells is teaming up with Aces mascot, Archie, to perform a special on-field skit and throw the first pitch. Additionally, themed contests will offer entertainment for parents and children alike with activities including a hula hoop contest, swim fin race and a variety of Gilligan’s Island trivia competitions.

Discovery ticket packages, which are available for general admission and outfield reserved seating, include a commemorative T-shirt and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Discovery. Packages can be purchased by visiting renoaces.com or by calling the box office at (775) 334-3700 and mentioning special offer code, “discovery.”

ABOUT THE DISCOVERY

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will inspire curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning for all children and families of northern Nevada. Upon opening, the museum will provide opportunities to discover science, art and local history through open-ended, interactive and fun exhibits and hands-on educational programs. Explore a cave, build a house, race across Nevada, and climb into the clouds – these are just some of the many adventures offered at The Discovery.

At nearly 70,000 square-feet, The Discovery is located in the former Reno City Hall building and will serve children from birth to 12 years old. Each of the museum’s eight galleries contains numerous hands-on learning exhibits focused on the northern Nevada region, nature, science, art and society.  Still underway is a membership campaign that will conclude upon the Discovery’s grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 10. For the latest information on The Discovery, to purchase memberships, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.nvdm.org or call (775) 786-1000.

Play Ball! The Reno Aces’ Season Opener is Tonight!

BallparkAces hat? Check.

Aces foam finger? Check.

Hotdog and Cracker Jack? Che… Cracker Jack?!

Whatever gets your heart pumping for Aceball, we won’t judge you. We will point fingers and laugh, though, if you don’t make it out to Aces Ballpark tonight at 6:05 p.m. for the second season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies. As expected, the Aces are rolling out the red carpet to welcome back all of the anxious fans with pre-game fireworks and the much-anticipated debut of the Freight House District. Have you seen that place?! It’s the newest downtown development with year-round dining and entertainment. Duffy’s Ale House and Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill will open for business at 2 p.m. today.

Why not revolve your entire weekend around Aceball? After all, the weather is perfect and you know you’ve been waiting for this moment all year. Friday night, the Aces will give away 2,500 magnet schedules so you’ll never miss a game. On Saturday, 3,000 fans will get an Aces fleece blanket, to keep you warm in those nail-biter extra innings.

Don’t forget, after every Friday, Saturday and Sunday game, all children 12 and under are invited to run the bases on the Aces Ballpark infield.

The weekend games start at 7:05 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 1:05 p.m.

Single-game tickets for all games start at just $7, while ticket plans for the 2010 season start at just $220. Call (775) 334-7000 for ticket info, visit the Aces Ballpark box office or head to www.RenoAces.com.

Reno Aces highlight 2010 giveaway slate

reno aces baseballThe Reno Aces organization just announced ten post-game fireworks shows, 50-cent hot dogs nights and a slew of exciting giveaways highlight a jam-packed 2010 Reno Aces promotional schedule.

The 2010 Aces promotional schedule includes the return of some of the most popular promotions from the 2009 season, and the introduction of a number of brand-new giveaways, theme nights and discount offers.

Back again in 2010 will be a post-game fireworks extravaganza following every Friday home game. The Aces will also present a special fireworks show on Sunday, July 4 as part of their Independence Day Celebration at Aces Ballpark.

New for 2010, Aces Ballpark will feature 50-cent hot dogs on May 11, June 22 and Aug. 31, and every Thursday is a Coors Light Thirsty Thursday™. The club will honor the men and women in uniform on June 11 with Military Night, as the Aces will play in special camouflage jerseys. Reno will also don special jerseys again on Aug. 21 at the ballpark.

Among a full-slate of giveaways are adult and youth jerseys, skateboard decks, youth catcher’s chest protector backpacks and a barbecue set.

The first chance to pick up single-game tickets for the 2010 season is this Saturday, March 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Aces Ballpark Box office, online at RenoAces.com or by calling (775) 334-7000. Fans are encouraged to act quickly, as tickets for Opening Week, July 4 and all promotional dates are expected to go fast.

Reno Aces Promotional Calendar

April 9        Firework Friday & Magnetic Schedules for 2,500 fans
April 10     Fleece Blankets for 3,000 fans
April 12      Aces Scarves for 3,000 fans
April 24     Reversible Bucket Hats for 2,500 fans
May 11        50 cent Hot Dog Night
May 14        Firework Friday
May 28        Firework Friday
June 6          Lil’ Kinz Plush Cows for 1,250 fans, 12 and under
June 7         Adult Jerseys for 1,250 fans, 18 and over
June 11        Fireworks Friday and Military Night
June 13        Youth Caps for 1,500 fans, 12 and under
June 22        50 cent Hot Dog Night
June 25        Firework Friday
July 5            BBQ Tool Sets for 2,500 fans
July 16         Firework Friday
July 18         Youth Jerseys for 1,500 fans, 12 and under
July 23         Firework Friday
July 24         Skateboard Deck for 1,500 fans, 18 and over
July 30         Firework Friday
August 6      Firework Friday
August 8      Youth Catcher’s Chest Protector Backpacks for 1,500 fans, 12 and under
August 31    50 cent Hot Dog Night
September 1    Collector’s Hats for 2,500 fans

Baseball fans getting revved up for the Reno Aces

The crack of the bat, a hotdog and a cool beer under the warm sun in Reno-Tahoe … the first season for the Reno Aces is finally under way with a new ballpark on the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno.

Triple A baseball’s newest team will take to the field tonight with a home opener that promises to be a spectacle for both locals and visitors. And it’s a long time coming. Residents, investors and fans of the sport have long pursued the dream of building a world-class baseball stadium in the Reno-Sparks region, to take advantage of the region’s growing population, great weather and tourism base. The stadium, located in the heart of downtown Reno’s redevelopment district, offers another reason to head downtown – the Aces will offer 73 home games, playing in the exciting Pacific Coast League.

The stadium is just another in a long line of improvements to the visitor experience in Reno. The city’s “Renaissance” has included construction of a riverwalk district complete with boutiques, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, a movie complex and public areas, including an outdoor amphitheater. Within the last couple years, train tracks through downtown Reno were rerouted through a trench to create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, while part of the trench was covered, allowing for a new public space, a boon for the many special events held throughout the spring, summer and fall months.

Last fall saw the opening of the West Street Market, a rehabilitated commercial area that now houses a wine bar, a teahouse, coffee shops and stores. It also plays host to farmers and craft markets, as well as live performances.

Several city-style condominium projects in downtown have also enlivened the culture of the area, creating a new market for everything for everything from the arts to commerce. Downtown hotel-casinos have also undergone first-class remodels.

If you haven’t planned to attend a Reno Aces game yet, log on and get your tickets. Baseball is finally here and you’re going to love it.

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.