It is hard to believe the 2013 Normal CornBelters season will be wrapping up soon. Following their longest road trip of the season, the team begins a three-game home stand at The Corn Crib tonight against the Schaumburg Boomers at 7 p.m. Including tonight’s game, there are only 18 regular season home games remaining this season.
The team currently has a 35-34 record. They are six and a half games behind the division leading Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League West Division, but only four games back of a wild card playoff berth. While they have improved from last season’s 29 wins, there is still work to be done in their remaining 27 games. They are looking to finish the season strong and earn our first-ever playoff berth.
With the team on the road for nine of the past ten days, our front office staff continued with business as usual at the ballpark. On my way into the administrative office earlier this week, I viewed a family taking photographs next to the Case IH combine outside the Barker, Buick, GMC, Cadillac Main Gate (a common occurrence). It reminded me of the unique and beneficial theme we have had since our inaugural season in 2010.
Of all the 50 states, only Iowa planted more acres of corn than Illinois in 2012. With Normal being located in the heart of Central Illinois (inside the “Corn Belt”), corn production is essential to our way of life. It only makes sense we call ourselves the CornBelters, and we play our games at The Corn Crib. It makes even more sense we partner with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) to help educate our fans on corn production in our home state.
Among other things, visitors to the ballpark cannot miss the corn planted outside and inside The Corn Crib, the Case IH combines at both gates, the corn signage throughout the ballpark and the corn facts shared during CornBelters games. Plus, our fans can even purchase $1 ears of roasted corn throughout our games! Without question, we have one of the most unique themes in all of professional sports. More importantly, it is a win, win for everyone involved (Illinois corn farmers, ICMB, our fans and us)!
If you have yet to catch a CornBelters game this season, there is no better time to do so! As usual, we have some fantastic promotions scheduled for this home stand…
Wednesday, August 7 – “Dog Night / Meijer Wednesday / Web Wednesday”
Thursday, August 8 – “Miller Thirst Quenching Thursday”
Friday, August 9 – “CEFCU Fireworks Friday / Facebook Friday / Salute to Armed Forces”
To purchase tickets, simply visit the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office at The Corn Crib, or call (309) 454-2255 (BALL), during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). You can also purchase tickets on-line anytime at: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4098#.UbjDC_lQFid.