Big weekend ahead for baseball promotions

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    It is going to be a busy weekend at Lupton Stadium as different organizations try to attract students, families and alumni for the first weekend of Big 12 play.

    Frogs Fans, a committee of the Alumni Association, reserved the third base patio for Forth Worth area alumni for Sunday.

    Meanwhile, the TCU athletics marketing department is using a number of events and giveaways to attract students and families to the ballpark for this weekend’s three-game series against Texas Tech.

    Director of Alumni Relations Jenny Cox said the alumni event is meant to be a good way for alumni to get connected with one another.

    “It’s really just a way to get alums to visit with each other that they may not have met each other otherwise,” Cox said. “Or they may all [have been] randomly at the baseball game, and this way they’re all together hanging out on that porch. And they can visit and network.”

    The event costs $20 per person and includes both the cost of lunch and a ticket, Cox said. She said that all the spots have already been reserved.

    Cox also mentioned many alumni want to bring their children with them to games, which is why Frogs Fans chose to do the event on a Sunday. She said that athletics does the most promotions for children with its Sunday games. This weekend is no exception.

    This Sunday is also Superhero Day at Lupton Stadium, according to Rory Rutledge, assistant director of marketing for athletics.

    In addition to typical promotions done to attract families like $1 hot dogs and face painting, Rutledge said fans are encouraged to show up as their favorite superhero. The first 200 fans at the ballpark will receive a TCU cape, according to Rutledge.

    The superhero theme is one of the ways that TCU tries to make games a family atmosphere, something head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle thinks is very important, Rutledge said.

    “It’s sort of the overall…culture, that it’s family-oriented,” Rutledge said.

    However, there are also promotions going on for students as well. Friday night there is a tailgate party with free food from Buffalo Bros.

    On Saturday, the first 200 students at the stadium will get a free backpack. Not to mention that it is also the first full weekend of conference play, and the Frogs will be taking on their Big 12 rivals, the Texas Tech Red Raiders.