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Tobs season promises more fan fun

Special events planned throughout the season

Posted on May 27, 2021

Updated on May 31, 2021

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Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson
Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson
Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson
Enjoy a game and special events with the Tobs this summer. Drew C. Wilson | For Wide Awake Wilson

The Wilson Tobs baseball team could have taken the easy road opening the 2021 season with the same quality baseball and special events they’ve offered the past several years. After a year with no in-person baseball because of the COVID-19 pandemic, surely fans would simply need the promise of Tobs’ home games to successfully lure them out to historic Fleming Stadium.

But Mike Bell, Tobs general manager, said he and the Tobs team promise even more fan fun and interaction than in past years during this year’s baseball season.

“We tweaked some of our weekly promotions and fan interactions, and we’ve added a couple more game day promotions,” Bell said. “A lot of the promotions that people have come to love are still happening in addition to some new and improved fan interactions. There is more fan engagement and better pricing, but I don’t want to give too much away right now.”

The Tobs lineup of community events promises something for everyone, kicking off soon with the Beer & BBQ Festival on June 5. The event features local band Street Revival from 5:30 to 7 p.m., barbecue served from 6 to 8:30 and a game against the Tri-City Chili Peppers beginning at 7.

June 19 finds a cornhole tournament at Historic Fleming Stadium with two team divisions, recreational and competitive, playing for cash and Tobs prizes. Starting at 11 a.m., guests will find drinks, music, games and entertainment all day. The Tobs take on the Wilmington Sharks at 7 p.m.

The annual Home Run for Hunger food drive is June 27 at 6 p.m. Tobs fans take non-perishable food items that are donated to several food pantries in Wilson to help feed hungry area children and families. The annual elementary school reading program “Read Around the Bases” and the middle school program “Swing for the Fences” will also take place this year, as will Military and Local Heroes Appreciation Night.

Fireworks will light up the stadium and the surrounding area after the Tobs vs the Holly Springs Salamanders game on July 3, with the game starting at 6:30 p.m.

Thirsty Thursdays, fan trivia nights, All You Can Eat Tuesdays, Cash Saver Tuesdays, Farm to Field Farmers Markets and other special events will continue to be held throughout the season. Check the www.wilsontobs.com/schedule/promotions-schedule/ web page for details.

Bell and the team are excited that there will be some sense of normalcy this year for both the fans and players. But he says that no matter how much the North Carolina COVID-19 rules are lifted during the season, the Tobs will still have some sort of precautions in place. Hand sanitizing stations will still be provided, tables in the beer garden still somewhat separated, and Plexiglas shields will be in place in some employee/fan interaction spaces.

“We will make sure everyone has a great time, but we’ll make sure everyone feels safe,” Bell said. “It will not take away from the fun that everyone is accustomed to at the games. Everyone is just going to be excited to be out at the ball field and loving what they have grown to love at Historic Fleming Stadium.”

Although tickets can still be purchased at the stadium on home game dates, they are also available online via the Tobs website and are less expensive than purchasing at the gate. Fans can go to www.wilsontobs.com/schedule/, create a free account and click the ticket icon on the far right of the screen of the game for which you want to purchase tickets.

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