Revs plan huge 2016 promotional slate
The York Revolution has announced its promotional schedule for the 2016 season, and the franchise is billing it as its largest ever.
It includes a "Celebrate York" slate being held in honor of the Revolution's 10th anniversary season.
Every Friday home game at the newly renamed PeoplesBank Park in 2016 will feature a giveaway that will go to at least the first 1,500 fans in attendance.
The Revs plan to honor York County’s favorite sons and daughters for their contributions to sports, government, military service and pop culture. The majority of the famous Yorkers will be honored in bobblehead form, but each giveaway will be tailored specially to the honoree. Following is a list of the folks to be honored, along with the date of the giveaway.
Friday, April 29, Gov. Tom Wolf:
The Mount Wolf native was elected Pennsylvania’s 47th governor last November. This event will kick off the series with a bobblehead featuring Wolf in a Revolution cap and jersey.
Friday, May 13, Marquis de Lafayette: The Revolutionary War hero, famous for his visit to York and toasting George Washington and the colonial troops as depicted with his statue in York City, will be immortalized with a bobblehead of the same pose.
Friday, May 27, Voni Grimes: One of York’s favorite sons will be honored with a combo bobblehead and music box, which will feature an actual harmonica rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which he performs for the crowds at PeoplesBank Park.
Friday, June 3, Chris Doleman:
The former star defensive end/linebacker for York High, Pitt and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer will be honored with a bobblehead depicting him in a York High uniform. Doleman will also personally appear at the game.
Friday, June 17, Bruce Arians: The 2014 NFL Coach of the Year will be immortalized in his hometown in gnome-form, complete with his trademark Kangol hat and glasses.
Friday, July 1, York Plan Tumbler: Fans can enjoy their own personal replica of the “York Plan” mural from South George Street in York … in travel mug form. A replica of the World War II-era mural will be printed around the tumbler.
Sunday, July 3, Jacob Devers: The Revs will pay tribute to one of the most important World War II generals on the Fourth of July Weekend, with a commemorative Devers coin giveaway.
Friday, July 15, Loretta Claiborne: The nationally known Special Olympics champion and York native will return to PeoplesBank Park for her bobblehead giveaway.
Friday, July 29, York Barbell Man:
Who said all the honorees actually had to be human? “Muscletown USA” will be celebrated with a replica statue of the iconic York Barbell sign next to the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame on I-83.
Friday, Aug. 12, Jeff Koons: The world famous artist from Dover will be honored with the ultimate art piece (a bobblehead), and Koons will appear at the game to mark the occasion.
Friday, Sept. 2, DownTown: Fans voted, and decided their 10th anniversary DownTown bobblehead would be wearing our special anniversary jersey.
Friday, Sept. 16, Mount Revsmore: The “Celebrate York” series will conclude with a special model of the York Revolution version of Mount Rushmore. Fan voting for the Revolution 10th Anniversary Team, which is ongoing now at YorkRevolution.com, will provide the finalists for the Revs “Franchise Four.” Then the four most significant players in franchise history will be honored with this giveaway.
Revs' officials say they will shatter their previous franchise record for giveaways in a season, with popular giveaway staples from past seasons returning, along with the Celebrate York Series. Other giveaway dates include:
Thursday, April 28: The 10th anniversary commemorative T-shirts, presented by the Law Firm of Dale E. Anstine for the home opener.
Thursday, April 2, through Sunday, May 1: The 2016 magnet schedules, presented by the Law Firm of Dale E. Anstine, will be offered on opening weekend.
Saturday, April 30: A PeoplesBank welcome mat will commemorate the first year of the new ballpark naming rights partnership.
Sunday, Aug. 14: Stambaugh Plumbing & Heating will sponsor a Revolution cap giveaway.
That adds up to a minimum of 16 giveaways during the 2016 season, which is just about one out of every four Revolution home games.
Entertainment: Along with the record-setting giveaways, several entertainment offerings are planned.
Sunday, May 15: The high-flying aerial acrobatics of XPOGO (extreme pogo-stick jump stunts).
Saturday, July 16: The return of the ZOOperstars, presented by Penn Mar Human Services.
Sunday, July 17: The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo returns, presented by The Lube Center.
Saturday, July 30: MAD Chad, juggler of chainsaws (and other dangerous objects).
Sunday, July 31: The Revs will welcome the the Phillie Phanatic.
Fireworks: As is tradition, post-game fireworks will follow every Revolution Saturday home game in 2016.
For a complete promotional schedule, fans should visit the schedule calendar at YorkRevolution.com. New entertainment, appearances and giveaways will still be added before the season starts in April.
The Revs will also be retiring the third jersey number in the history of the franchise during the 2016 season.
Individual game tickets will go on sale at YorkRevolution.com in early February, and in person in mid-February.