(August 8, 2018) — For most baseball fans, dazzling video board graphics and heart-pumping music are all part of a stimulating night at the ballpark, but for fans on the autism spectrum, they are reasons to stay away from the “old ball game.” On Wednesday, August 15, the York Revolution will again make sure those fans can “root, root, root for the home team.”
That night, for the third year in a row, the defending Atlantic League champions will host Sensory Friendly Night. The game is the middle of a series presented by Autism York.
The pre- and in-game events of the 6:30 p.m. matchup will feature fewer public address announcements, reduced volume from the ballpark speakers, and fewer motion graphics on the video boards in an effort to make the usually stimuli-filled environment of a professional baseball game more welcoming to those with autism and other disorders who are adversely affected by that kind of stimulation.
Revs icon Cannonball Charlie will save some ammunition and not fire as usual for each home team home run. The Revolution’s beloved furry blue mascot DownTown will also cut back on his activities and wait for children to approach him that night, rather than actively say hi to as many people as he can.
“One of our goals is to make PeoplesBank Park the most welcoming place in York,” said Revolution President Eric Menzer. “Any other day in our season, it’s tough to do that for families for whom the excitement of a game is too much to process. We’re excited to have Sensory Friendly Night on the calendar again and hope this is an evening that gives those fans a ‘best day ever’ experience.”
Tickets are available here, by phone at (717) 801-HITS, or in the Ticket Office inside the ballpark.