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2014 Guide to Aceball Season

First game balls have been placed in the humidor, lucky caps are once again seeing daylight after the long winter months, and Aceball fans are anxiously awaiting Opening Day at Aces Ballpark, April 3! Study up on the new hydration stations, food offerings, and themed nights!

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Theme Nights

2-for-$22 Tuesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News
Winning Wednesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News, featuring $1 food items. In addition to the $1 food items on Wednesdays, all fans in attendance will receive a general admission ticket to the next Wednesday home game if the Aces win.
Thirsty Thursdays™ $2 Coors specials on Coors Light presented by ESPN Radio 94.5 FM and the Reno News and Review
Fireworks Friday with Saint Mary’s presented by KRNV News 4
Kids Eat Free Sundays presented by Sam’s Club, popchips and Reno Media Group, with 500 kids 12 and under receiving a voucher for hot dogs, popchips and a drink.

Photo by David Calvert/Reno AcesFreight House District

Be sure to swing by the newly revamped FHD this season…  Duffy’s Ale House sports the largest draft selection in northern Nevada, 250 Lounge will be spinning the tunes and mixing cocktails, Arroyo Mexican Grill spices things up with their out-of-the-park grub, and the Heineken Stage and Tuaca Center Bar will be rocking the best bands in Reno under the open air patio canopy.

Ballpark Food w/ a Taunting Twist

Let’s start with the staple…a ballpark hot dog. Ace’s Stadium’s dog is not just any ordinary hot dog, it’s a Carson City Sausage Factory hot dog, made by a multi-generational sausage making family. It’s local, it’s the real deal. Pair it with one of the new WOW items like the full size souvenir helmet nachos, chocolate chip cookie cup ice cream sundae, or a fried chicken po’ boy that you’ll need a stack of napkins to finish.

NEW Beer Garden

There is more to right field than just an amazing view of the park and city this year…  it’s where you’ll find the brand new Craft Beer Garden. Over a dozen craft brews will be on tap from the likes of Blue Moon, Crispin, New Belgium, Sam Adams, Lagunitas, and Northern Nevada’s own Great Basin.

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Giveaways

The season kicks off on Thursday, April 3, with a magnet schedule giveaway for 9,000 fans, the first of ten giveaways in 2014. Other giveaways include Sleeved Blankets (April 5), Archie Piggy Banks presented by United Federal Credit Union (April 26), Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (May 17), Floating Coolers (June 7), Cowboy Hats (June 21). A quartet of giveaways presented by KOLO 8 News Now will round out the slate: Bobbleheads (July 19), Snow Globes (July 26), Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 9), and Cereal Bowls (Aug. 23).

Take You and Your Friends Out to The Ball Game

Check out the schedule and buy your tickets now!

It’s not just baseball… it’s ACEBALL.

2013 Triple-A All-Star FanFest

Thousands of fans will get the full baseball experience at the All-Star Fanfest, July 13-14! Fans will be able to test their batting and baserunning skills, and enjoy historical displays, autograph sessions and more! MLB alumni confirmed for autograph sessions are JT Snow (Saturday), Robb Nen (Sunday), and Jack Clark (Saturday & Sunday).

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Other attractions include a chance to win tickets for the 2013 IGT Triple-A Home Run Derby and the 2013 Dolan Auto Group Triple-A All-Star Game, a set by Circus Circus hotel performers, mascot performances, sets by the local performing arts group Envision, impersonators, player Q&A’s, and more. Interactive exhibits for children of all ages will also be featured, including a wiffle ball field presented by KTVN Channel 2 News.

Fans will also have the chance to check out exhibits highlighting each of the Triple-A squads.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule of events, including times for autograph sessions, will be released in coming weeks.

Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for children, and family packs of four tickets are available for just $20. FanFest tickets can be purchased at the Reno Aces Box Office, by phone at (775) 334-7000 or online at RenoAces.com.

Aceball Tickets on Sale March 16

Defending Triple-A National Champions, the Reno Aces are ready for another home run season. Tickets are on sale now, at the lowest prices of the season! Be sure to note the daily park specials, game day giveaways and the dates of the All-Star Championship Game and Home Run Derby held in Reno this summer!

Tickets on Sale

3419116889_68d7d04662_bBeginning March 16 at 10 a.m., fans can purchase regular season single game tickets at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office. For the March 16 on sale, all tickets will be available at their lowest-possible price in all seating locations.

A select number of tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest, will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. on March 16.

All-Star Game Held in Reno

The Aces will host the crown jewel event of Minor League Baseball with the Fan Fest July 13-14, Home Run Derby July 15 and the All-Star Game July 17.

Daily Specials

Sunday: Renown Children’s Hospital Family Fundays

Monday: Margarita Mondays

Tuesday: 2-for-$22 Tuesdays allow fans to purchase two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas for $22

Wednesday: Dollar Wednesdays, featuring either $1 hot dogs or $1 ribs

Thursday: Coors Light Thirsty Thursdays™

Friday: Saint Mary’s Fireworks Fridays presented by KRNV News 4

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The Aces begin their defense of the Pacific Coast League Championship and Triple-A National Championship on Thursday, April 4 in Colorado Springs. Reno will host the Aces Ballpark home opener on Friday, April 12, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.

Game Day Giveaways

Magnet Schedules (April 12), Championship Ring Replicas (April 13), Championship Banners (April 14), Fleece Blankets (April 27), Brett Butler Championship Bobbleheads (May 25), Baseball Card Sets (June 1), All-Star Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (June 8), Archie All-Star Garden Gnomes (June 22), Duffle Bags (July 20), Tumbler Cups (July 27), Playing Card Decks (Aug. 10), and Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 24).

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.

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

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

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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.

Positively in the Playoffs: Reno Bighorns hit the big time

Candace Spiers handles travel arrangements for the Reno BighornsI think I know what Jack Nicholson feels like when he sits court-side at a Laker’s game.  Easter Sunday we had front row seats as the Reno Bighorns beat the Tulsa 66ers 105 to 88 at home.   Several times I thought a player might land in our lap; we were that close!

An exciting game, but the best part was sitting next to Candace Spiers and her husband Ken Fernandes.  Candace handles the travel arrangements for the Reno Bighorns and the Reno Aces.  With the Bighorns in the playoffs, and the Aces starting their season this week, she has her hands full.  I asked her what it was like being a travel agent for a professional basketball team.  “It’s the most fun I’ve had in the travel business in years,” she said.  She often finds herself at the airport, helping the players check in and getting boarding passes.  She loves the job, but says it’s the players that make it special.  “They’re not your typical celebrity types, they’re all so easy going,” she explains.

This Thursday the Reno Aces play their season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies, and Saturday, the Reno Bighorns play their first-ever playoff game when they take on Rio Grande Valley.  The season overlap will have Candace scrambling.  “Let’s just say I’m not going to have a whole lot of sleep, and neither is anyone who works for the Reno Aces or the Bighorns!”

Candace says she’s very proud of the teams and the way they bring people together in Northern Nevada.   And she’s looking forward to Thursday’s  Aces game, and Saturday’s Bighorns game.  An added bonus:  both teams are playing at home.

Silver Peak to open new pizzeria near Reno Aces baseball stadium

300 east 2nd stThe owners of Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery will open a new restaurant in June 2010 in downtown Reno at 300 E. Second St., adjacent to the Reno Aces baseball stadium. The new restaurant will include a restaurant specializing in pizza made famous at Silver Peak’s original location, a full-service bar and restricted gaming. The owners have not yet named the new restaurant given its primary focus on pizza, but diners can expect a “Silver Peak-esque” twist to its identity.

“The construction of Aces Ballpark creates an opportunity for us to again participate in the revitalization of our downtown corridor,” said Silverman. “We’re excited to be part of the process, and look forward to seeing lots of locals and tourists enjoying the Freight House District area.”

Owners Schmidt and Silverman opened the first Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery location on Wonder Street in Reno in 1999 and a second location in downtown Reno in 2004. Silver Peak is known throughout northern Nevada for its unique and original selection of food and beers brewed at its Wonder Street location.

The owners have no plans to make any changes to the original Wonder Street location, but are evaluating their total presence and priorities in the downtown Reno area.

300 E. Second is a 15-story tower and is located in downtown Reno, centrally located immediately across E. Second Street from the Reno Aces baseball stadium and within walking distance of City Hall, the County Courthouse and the Federal Court Building, Park Center Tower features panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee Meadows and downtown Reno. The facility also offers direct access to Interstate-80, the Amtrak station and all major bus lines.

Aces to Meet Pack in Baseball Battle

reno aces wolf pack baseballThe Reno Aces and the University of Nevada baseball team will play an exhibition game at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at Aces Ballpark, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the University of Nevada Dugout Club, officials from both organizations jointly announced today.

The game will serve as the final tune-up for the Aces before the much-anticipated April 8 Opening Day at Aces Ballpark, while Nevada’s student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete against some of professional baseball’s top prospects at the Triple-A level.

The game will be played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads. All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last between seven and nine innings, depending on the status of the Aces pitching staff. Utilizing the traditional Minor League Spring Training format, pitchers will be placed on a pitch count, and should a pitcher reach his limit, the game will immediately proceed to the next half inning.

Tickets for this special event will go on-sale March 11 at the Aces Ballpark Box Office or by calling (775) 334-7000. Ticket prices will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.

Reno begins its 2010 regular season on April 8. For information on single-game tickets, season tickets or to book your group, call (775) 334-4700 or visit 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