Peanuts, Cracker Jack — and swag!
The action on the field is not the only reason fans flock to MCU Park.
The Cyclones baseball team is also known for its fantastic giveaways and promotional nights! Almost every game at the minor league ballfield this summer will feature a special event, with fireworks every Friday, chances to run the bases, and giveaways of t-shirts, bobble-heads, hats, and .... bagels? Yep! Here are a half-dozen of the best options this summer.
Deadheads rejoice! The Clones will host a performance by Grateful Dead tribute band Dead Meat, and give away groovy Dancing Bear bobbleheads as well as tie-dye baseballs. MCU will also host pre-game yoga.
Wakanda forever! The first 2,000 fans through the gates for the 4 pm game against Williamsport will receive a free “Black Panther” bobblehead to add to their collections, and anyone in a superhero outfit can join the Cyclones on the field during the national anthem. The 4 pm game is also a “Bark in the Park” event, so visitors can bring their dogs to join them in the bleachers.
On July 22 the Clones will shed their grey-blue outfits and become the Brooklyn Bagels for a day. Fans can purchase the “brunch package” with their tickets and nosh on bagels and coffee at the 1 pm game. And the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Brooklyn Bagels t-shirt and a bagel neck pillow (yes, a bagel neck pillow).
The annual “Seinfeld” Night is by far the most popular game of the season, and for good reason! This year Steve Hytner, who played Jerry’s nemesis Kenny Bania on the show about nothing, will be at the stadium, and fans can purchase a limited-edition talking Bania bobblehead (“That’s gold!”). And the season’s greatest freebie will go to the first 2,000 fans: a talking Keith Hernandez alarm clock, which gently rouses fans with “Who does this guy think he is? I’m Keith Hernandez! And I hope you have a great day, pretty boy.”
A borough tradition, “Star Wars” night at MCU is the most over-the-top spectacle the stadium hosts, featuring actors in costume acting out ambitious, non-canonical plot lines. This year will feature more of those performances, and the first 2,000 fans to join the MCU Park Side will receive a handsome “Dark Side” jersey.
For the working stiffs, “Office” night has it all. Creed Bratton, the eccentric actor who played a fictionalized version of himself on the hit sitcom, will make an appearance, and fans can purchase a bobblehead of Bratton for $30. The night will be jam-packed with competitions, including a “Fettucini 5K,” in which participants load up on carbs and race around the bases, and “Paint like Pam,” where you can paint a picture of the ballpark. The Cyclones will hang their favorite Park portrait in the stadium’s reception area.
All games at MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5596, www.brook
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