From Seattlepi.com – As spring training training creeps closer, the Seattle Mariners released their 2016 special events calendar Tuesday along with game times for the upcoming season.
In what’s sure to draw huge crowds, Ken Griffey Jr. weekend is set for Aug. 5-7, with the first 20,000 fans arriving Aug. 5 receiving a Griffey bobblehead. Griffey’s pre-game jersey retirement ceremony is Aug. 6, with the first 20,000 fans receiving Griffey Hall of Fame retirement plaques, while Aug. 7 the first 20,000 attending get a replica jersey of the iconic center fielder.
Griffey, along with former catcher Mike Piazza, is set for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, New York after “The Kid” received a record percentage of votes.
Memorabilia enthusiasts will be glad to hear the Mariners have four additional bobblehead giveaways this season. That will feature Nelson Cruz on April 30 vs. the Royals, Kyle Seager on May 14 vs. the Angels, Felix Hernandez on June 24 vs. the Cardinals and Robinson Cano on July 16 against the Astros.
The Mariners will also continue their new tradition of occasional post-game firework shows. Those are set for May 27, June 10, July 1 and Aug. 19.
“Bark at the Park” nights, when fans are welcome to bring their dogs, are May 24, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. That includes the chance to walk your pooches around the bases post-game.
Other special promotions include the fourth annual Beard Hat Night on April 29, a Mariners bomber hat giveaway May 27, Turn Back the Clock night with a throwback hat giveaway on June 25, a fedora hat giveaway July 15 and a Salute to Native American Day hat giveaway Sept. 18.
For more details about other promotions, plus info about 10-game ticket package options, check out the Mariners website. Single-game tickets go on sale to the public March 5.