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Worcester Bravehearts To Host Fan Fest

Saturday, April 05, 2014

 

The Worcester Bravehearts will host a Fan Fest on Saturday, April 12th at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Park from 12 pm to 3 pm. In addition to Fan Fest, 26 of the teams’ 28 regular season tickets will be released for sale to the general public, including opening day which is June 5th.
To celebrate the team’s inaugural season, The Worcester Bravehearts have lined up a variety of free family activities throughout the afternoon including a giant Easter Egg Hunt for children at 1 pm, a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, an inflatable maze, and free Fitton Field Franks to the first 1,000 people. Bravehearts merchandise will also be available.
“I think we’ve all seen signs that spring is finally here, and the Bravehearts are thrilled to celebrate by offering fans a reason to take their first trip to Hanover Insurance Park this season,” said General Manager Dave Peterson.
Fan Fest will also feature the introduction of the Bravehearts’new mascot. With the exception of a few events earlier in the week, this will be the first opportunity for fans to meet and take pictures with the mascot.
“It’s important that fans know our mascot is not the Easter Bunny,” joked Peterson. “But we’re sure he’ll work hand-in-hand with our mascot to introduce him to the city.”
Bravehearts single-game tickets will range in price from $7 to $9 for adults and $5 to $7 for children under 12. Fans will also save $1 per ticket for buying them at Fan Fest, online at worcesterbravehearts.com, or by phone at (508) 438-3773 in advance of the game.
Fans that have Bravehearts’ Flex vouchers or gift certificates for tickets may also begin to use those for purchasing tickets during Fan Fest as well provided the exchange in made in person or over the phone.
For more information about Fan Fest, fans can visit www.worcesterbravehearts.com/fan-fest-april-12.html.
 

 

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