Revs’ 15th home opener on Tuesday will feature plenty of renovations, activities

Atlantic League baseball returns to York on Tuesday night.

Revolution’s home opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start against the Gastonia Honey Hunters at PeoplesBank Park.

This will be the first “normal” home opener in three seasons. The 2020 Atlantic League season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pamdemic then forced a delayed start to the 2021 season with crowd restrictions in place.

There are no restrictions this season.

York’s 15th regular season began with a nine-game tour starting Friday, April 22, with stops in Long Island, Lexington and Lancaster.

The Revs stumbled at 2-7, but hope home cooking will help them reverse that trend. That can be tough to do against Gastonia, who are 9-1.

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Kinsley Construction worker Tony Smith removes mounting timber from the left field wall at PeoplesBank Park on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Crews were removing facing plywood on the

For Tuesday’s home opener, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a portion of the original Arch Nemesis, the famous left-field wall that holds the title of tallest wall in all of professional baseball.

The wood in the wall was completely replaced during the offseason, and the weathered original plywood sheets were retained and cut into Wayneco-sponsored giveaways. They carry an image of the Nemesis and years of its original iteration.

Also new to the park this season is the restoration of the 16 gold glove plaques that line Brooks Robinson Plaza in front of the park, which honor the legacy of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer who helped bring the Revs to York ago over 15 years. . Robinson spent part of his minor league career playing at York.

PeoplesBank Park is also offering upgrades to its bathrooms, pavilions, nursery suite, first aid room, batting cages and offices, among other upgrades.

“We have always strived to maintain or exceed one standard for all of our guests in all elements of the ballpark, and one of my favorite things is when first-time visitors tell us they can’t. believe the ballpark is really 15 years old. said Revolution President Eric Menzer in a press release. “From small behind-the-scenes details to major overhauls that spanned 15 years, we look forward to continuing that tradition through this long list of improvements. Our 15th Season celebration was the perfect time to put them in place.

York Revolution's mascot DownTown dances during the team's 2017 home opener. DownTown have had a facelift ahead of the 2022 season.
York Revolution manager Mark Mason will have his hair cut as part of a fundraiser at Tuesday's home opener.

Many activities : In addition to Arch Nemesis renovations and giveaways, the home opening will feature a number of activities.

Revs manager Mark Mason will use the home opener to highlight the fight against diabetes (particularly juvenile diabetes) at a fundraiser that will culminate with his team’s pre-game cup. famous long silver locks.

Also in the plaza in front of the park, starting at 4 p.m. there will be a free community celebration featuring a disc jockey, balloon twister and inflatables for the kids, Cannonball Charlie and the team mascot. DownTown (which also got a facelift for the new season), and more.

Shortly before the doors open at 5:15 p.m., Revolution host and emcee on the ground, Diamond Doug, will lead an opening ceremony at the main doors.

The Revolution will then present a 15th season commemorative video on the outfield video screen.

Revs players and coaches will enter the pitch in Jeeps provided by local enthusiasts.

Baseball stadium host Tyler Scheuer will bring Tyler’s incredible balancing act onto the field and into the stands to entertain fans with his ability to balance any object given to him.

Area school orchestras will help the team welcome back the national pastime with a collective performance of the national anthem.

High score game? If York’s first seven games are any indication, fans can expect plenty of goals.

York is averaging 6.5 points per game but allowing 9.5 points per game. Gastonia, meanwhile, is averaging 8.3 points per game and giving up 3.6 points per game.

Tickets for the opening are still available.

The forecast at game time is for a temperature of 67 degrees with a 13% chance of rain and winds of 11 mph. However, the chance of rain increases as the night progresses.

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Sara H. Byrd