June 24, 2016 – Grand Prairie, TX
Texas AirHogs hosting Joplin Blasters on Star Wars Night.
95 degrees, sunny, and a warm breeze at 7:00 pm, it`s not quite a midsummer night in Texas, but it is definitely a summer night. How should you spend your free time and disposable income? Try going to Grand Prairie and enjoy any night at AirHogs Stadium, a stadium with nostalgic ambience and contemporary presupposed luxuries at a value price.
On this night, the AirHogs honored Candace Payne, “Chewbacca Mom”, during “Star Wars Night”. Mrs. Payne threw out the honorary first-pitch however; also honored “Wild Pitch” Bill Gonsiorek made it to the mound before her to get in the prefirst-pitch pitch and it lived up to his nickname. Just a bit….not even close.
After her honorary duties, Mrs. Payne met with many in attendance and graciously took photos and spoke with all who were in line and many more. A number of attendees in line to meet her were polled and most were from nearby locations: Grand Prairie, Irving, Mansfield, Arlington, Desoto, Cedar Hill, but there were some from Amarillo, and as far as Mississippi and Massachusetts. Candace wore a promotional jersey, as did the AirHogs players, promoting the special Star Wars event featuring R2D2 and C3PO on the front of the uniform. The AirHogs plan to auction off the jerseys worn by the players.
Along with “Chewbacca Mom” and “Wild Pitch” Bill, the Carrollton Farmers Branch Cobras boys baseball team joined the AirHogs during the opening ceremonies. Recognizing the boys baseball team and Mrs. Payne, who resides in Grand Prairie, are just a few examples of the local pro-people positive atmosphere provided at AirHogs Stadium.
Others attending the festivities were the notorious Darth Vader and a few Storm Troopers. Many children in attendance took photos with the Darkside crew and a number of the children were dressed in Star Wars costumes. It was fun for all as even the older patrons were taking photos and some were in costume as well. Yoda may or may not have been there but a presence was felt.
This night had other Star Wars promoters. Representatives of local podcast and website celebrities; The Rantcor Pit and Revengeofthe5th.net were on hand to discuss and have fun with anything Star Wars.
So while you filter through the charismatic stadium on any given night you may meet Bryce Reed at the turnstile, an intern from the University of North Texas, happy to assist with any questions. You may see Fred Smith, from Irving, TX a fan since 2010, “pounding the bucket” after a home run by an AirHogs batter or a 3 up – 3 down inning for the AirHogs defense while taking donations for the players. This is just a few of the people in the community, there because they want to be and they love the atmosphere. This is a common theme with the staff and another added value to the experience.
When you go to the concession stand there are many options. For $5.00 each you can get snow cones, shakes, floats, pretzels, funnel cake, popcorn, fresh squeezed lemonade and other treats. There are also the usual items, hot dogs and nachos and many other food and beverage options all at reasonable prices.
AirHogs stadium is an under-recognized facility with a fantastically friendly DFW hospitality to rival any venue. The dollar value for an evening out at AirHogs Stadium is worth the visit. Any baseball fan will enjoy this park, this team, and this staff. Tickets are $8.00 & $12.00 for a great view from any seat, suites available. The AirHogs can be found easily just north of I-30 and east of Belt Line next to the Lone Star Park and Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.