The York Revolution are looking for the next fortunate non-profit group or community organization that would like to raise thousands of dollars for their worthy cause, and seize the opportunity to present themselves to York County’s largest captive audience at least 70 times a summer. Sounds pretty good, right?
The team’s front office has announced they’ve begun the search for their next season-long presenting partner, as they head down the stretch on what will be a successful year with York County Special Olympics in that role. Previous partners include Boy Scouts of America New Birth of Freedom Council in 2013, YMCA of York in 2012, York County Libraries in 2011 and the SPCA of York County in 2010, the first season the program was put in place. Each group has a one-season term as Revolution partner. Past presenting partners have raised as much as $100,000 from their season-long fundraising activities.
The presenting partnership has many facets which help the organization, beginning with the official logo, which combines the presenter’s logo with that of the York Revolution. That mark is used by the Revolution as a primary logo on website, most publications and other materials throughout the season.
From there, the previous presenting partners have used various means to raise money, beginning with a marketing table at each of the 70 home games, which can be used to hand out literature, run contests, promote upcoming organizational events and sell souvenirs which relate to that particular group.
Other means of raising money include: Hosting non-baseball events at Santander Stadium while the team is on the road, the opportunity to sell in-stadium signage and luxury suites at the ballpark and auctioning special game-worn jerseys, the proceeds from which benefit the presenting partner. These jersey auctions are among the most popular events on the Revolution promotional calendar, as the sponsor will help the team design a special jersey with their theme, and they are worn and auctioned off during a game, then handed right to the winner post-game by the player who wore it.
“We’ve built a great program here, where we receive several inquiries throughout a season once people see how beneficial this partnership can be,” said Revolution Vice President for Business Development Nate Tile. “We would like all interested organizations to contact us, so we can arrive at the very best partner for the 2015 season. This is one of the hallmark ways our organization is able to give back to the community.”
With an attendance figure of 4,979 for an 11-5 win over the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the York Revolution surpassed 2 million fans drawn to their Downtown home. The milestone comes in the eighth season of operation for the franchise at Santander Stadium.
Based on current attendance trends, the organization expects to draw at least 4,300 fans per game for their 70 home games this season. Attendance has risen 13% from a season ago, with between 500 and 600 more fans attending each game this year.
“When we first made plans for our 2 Millionth fan, we figured this would happen at the end of this month and not early July,” said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer. “But our fan support has been terrific this year, and people have really responded to the increased commitment we’ve made to the promotional schedule and stadium improvements. It’s a pleasant surprise to do this on July 8,” Menzer continued.
Depending on the day of the week, York has out-drawn four Triple-A clubs this season, all in considerably larger markets. The Revolution has also paced better at times than 14 Double-A teams, including three in Pennsylvania.
An official “2 Millionth Fan” was recognized; Dianne Fox of York. Fox received a prize pack from the organization, including a team-signed bat, an authentic jersey commemorating the 2 Millionth Fan, and spent an inning sitting in the dugout with the Revolution during the July 8 game.
Once fan 4,438 entered through the gates, putting the running eight-year attendance total at exactly 2 million, the team handed out 2,000 commemorative t-shirts to mark the occasion, with 1,999 fans finishing in a tie for fan number 1,999,999. Only Fox received the official 2,000,000 t-shirt along with the rest of her prizes.
On the field, the Revolution won the Freedom Division First Half Title with a 41-29 record, securing their fifth playoff spot in eight seasons come late-September.
York’s FREE Fourth of July community celebration and fireworks display presented by the York Revolution is returning to Santander Stadium, the Revolution’s home. A year ago, over 10,000 fans packed the Downtown ballpark, taking up all seats and the field to enjoy the festivities and fireworks finale. Sponsors of the event include Downtown Inc, Glatfelter Insurance, The Bon Ton, M&T Bank, General Dynamics and Great Country 107.7 WGTY.
The schedule of events is as follows (please contact Revolution Special Events Coordinator Adam Nugent for more information):
The Katie Armiger performance keeps with an established tradition between the Revolution and WGTY, who have constantly produced country artists on the cusp of big stardom at Santander Stadium for non-game events. The list includes Thompson Square, Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose and Jarrod Niemann the past few years. Armiger’s first hit single is “Safe,” from her debut album Fall Into Me. Armiger helped write every song on the 14-cut set, according to her website, katiearmiger.com.
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors are returning to the event for a second year, after an incredible York debut last July 4. “America’s Big Band,” they’re the official touring big band of the United States Army. Their performance (8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. leading up to the Fireworks) is presented by General Dynamics. The 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form – jazz. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, Latin, contemporary jazz, Dixieland and patriotic selections. The Jazz Ambassadors have appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe.
Parking for the event will be absolutely free, in the following locations: Small Athletic Field adjacent to Santander Stadium, Northwest Triangle on Beaver Street and parking garages on Market, Philadelphia and King Streets. Handicapped parking is available at the usual Santander Stadium locations, with the exception of the Brooks Robinson Plaza Lot.
A carnival on the Brooks Robinson Plaza outside the stadium gates will feature inflatables, water amusements, Imagination Playground, hot food, cold drinks and ice cream. The Revolution’s “DownTown” Playground will be open and free for the event, which will feature the same carousel, inflatable slides, obstacle course and climbing challenges that are open during all Revolution home games. The playground is located beyond centerfield and will also be free of charge for this event. Face painters and balloon artists will round out the fun for the little ones.
The Fourth of July is famous for lawn games and BBQ grills. Santander stadium will have a warning track lined with games like cornhole and CanJam to feed your competitive fire along with full concessions with all your ballpark favorites, including beer sales.
If lawn games aren’t enough, come early and celebrate the birth of our nation with a competition of classic proportions! The inaugural CrossFit York Summer Classic will kick off July4York inside the stadium before gates open. More information and sign-ups at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/crossfit-york-2014-summer-classic-tickets-11741520203
The best lawn in York County – also known as the Santander Stadium outfield – will be open to blankets (no lawn chairs, please) for the movie and fireworks display. Those who attend may choose between the fun on the plaza, the lawn games on the warning track or the movie on the video board. (Or sample everything!)
No outside food or beverage is permitted at the event. All other Santander Stadium policies apply for July4York. For full parking information and stadium policies, please visit YorkRevolution.com.