by Dan Gibson
Want to win a luxury suite for tomorrow night's game (including fireworks)? Head over to the Tucson Padres Facebook page and guess tonight's attendance, and if you're closest you'll win a luxury suite for 20 guests ($450 value).
Even if you don't end up winning, there are lots of reasons to get out the ballpark over the next few days:
Friday, April 15th — 7:00 pm: The first home game in Tucson Padres history with a pregame ceremony to honor the heroes of January 8th. Ceremonial first pitches will come from Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and from the four residents who helped contain the shooter. Before the game, fans will be entertained by the Los Changuitos Feos Mariachi Group. The national anthem will be performed by Sons of Orpheus, the Male Choir of Tucson. The official "Kids Bowl Free Bus" will be at Kino Stadium Friday as part of its national tour. Anyone under age 18 can register and get two free lanes of bowling every day of the summer.
Saturday, April 16th — 7:00 pm: It’s our first Postgame Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Rosemont Copper. The other fireworks shows are May 28th, June 25th, July 4th and August 27th.
Sunday, April 17th — 6:00 pm: Military Appreciation Night, honoring all branches of the military in southern Arizona. The Tucson Padres will honor the military at every Sunday home game, and the team will wear camouflage uniforms on the field. The ceremonial first pitches will include top ranking officials of Davis Monthan AFB, Ft. Huachuca, Air National Guard, Army National Guard and Navy. Returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan will also be honored prior to the game Sunday.
Sunday is also Goodwill of Southern Arizona Night. Visit the community page of www.tucsonpadres.com and learn how you can get a 2-for-1 coupon for Sunday home games by donating to Goodwill.
Monday, April 18th — 7:00 pm: Facebook Friends Night, giving you the opportunity to come to the game free. Visit the Tucson Padres Facebook page, click on “Like,” and you will see the details.