Flying Tigers Ready to Take the Field
Posted on April 3rd, 2009 by Kris Keprios
As the Detroit Tigers head north to Comerica Park to start their Major League Baseball season, the real tenants of Joker Markchant Stadium, the Lakeland Flying Tigers (the Detroit Tigers Class A affiliate) will take over where the big club left off. The Flying Tigers play some great baseball and it is one of the best values in town as far as baseball and family entertainment goes. Plus, you may be watching some of the future starts of Major League Baseball. Current tiger stars like Curtis Granderson and Justin Verlander spent time playing in Lakeland before making it to the big stage. Even tiger rookie pitcher Rick Porcello played for the team as recent as last season. The home opener for the Flying Tigers is April 9 and it sounds like they have a lot planned:
The Lakeland Flying Tigers 2009 home season kicks off on Thursday, April 9 at Joker Marchant Stadium when the team hosts the division rival Tampa Yankees sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm and the gates to Joker Marchant Stadium will open at 5:30 pm.
The Flying Tigers will be holding a special happy hour from 5:30-7:00 pm sponsored by Bell’s Beer. There will be free specialty beer sampling, giveaways, contests and prizes. Fans can enjoy $1.00 draft beer during happy hour and all game long sponsored by Miller Lite. There will also be special wine and bottled beer prices. The first 1,500 fans that enter the ballpark will receive a free 2009 Flying Tigers magnet schedule sponsored by the Holiday Inn Lakeland Hotel & Conference Center.
Tickets for opening day and all home games are available by calling the Tigers at (863) 686-8075. Box seats are $6 and reserved seats are $5 and seniors 55 and over and children 14 and under receive a $1.00 discount. Parking is free. The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at www.LakelandFlyingTigers.com