York Revolution ticket holders will have a chance Saturday to be a part of setting a world record for the most people popping bubble wrap in one place.
The event came about as the Revolution began to plan fun, family-friendly events that are hallmarks of "quintessential minor league baseball," said Paul Braverman, the team's promotions and communications manager.
The current record is held by a school in the United Kingdom, with 532 people simultaneously popping the plastic packaging, according to the Guinness World Records website. But York Revolution and its event sponsors are hoping to double that.
"Hopefully we get 1,000 or more (people) so the record is safe for York for a long time," Braverman said.
The goal: As of Wednesday morning, just over 3,000 tickets had been sold for the game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Most Saturday night games have a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 people following ticket sales at the gate, and Braverman said he's hoping at least 600 of them show up for the record-setting attempt.
The event is sponsored by Colony Papers Inc. and Sealed Air Corp., which are providing the bubble wrap for the night.
More than 6,000 square feet of the wrapping has been cut into four-square-foot sheets, which will be given to participants to pop for the record, said Katie Callahan, marketing director for Colony Papers. Callahan said the packaging-themed event is a great way to get fans involved and also to commemorate Colony Papers' 50th anniversary this year.
Proving the record is a meticulous process, Braverman said.
Breaking the record: Participants will be guided to the center field gate where they will enter the field and stand within a cordoned area, he said. They will enter through a turnstile to prove the number of participants. Photos and video footage will be taken, complete with timestamps to prove there wasn't any editing to fudge the numbers.
The participants will need to pop the bubbles one by one for two minutes straight, said
It's not officially a Guinness World Record event, Braverman said, because that requires a Guinness representative to be present. But the Revs plan to submit all of the documentation to the organization in hopes of being the next bubble-popping champ.
On top of the event, Colony Papers will also be donating $1 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for each participant, Callahan said.
The game starts at 6:30 p.m. but ticket holders planning to participate in the bubble-wrapping record attempt should show up between 5:30 and 6 p.m., Braverman said.
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