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Suns Begin 2012 Season with Ten Games Through April 14th

April 2, 2012 - Southern League (SL) Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Your Jacksonville Suns open the 2012 Southern League Championship Season on Thursday, April 5th and will be home through Saturday, April 14th, with five games against the Huntsville Stars (MIL) and five games against the Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD).

Thursday is Opening Night as the Suns will celebrate their Golden Anniversary, 1962-2012, and look to kick off the season with a victory! Come early as the first 3,000 fans will receive a special 50th Anniversary Golden Suns Coin, courtesy of Underwood's Jewelers, First Coast News 12 & 25 and 1010XL!

Friday night is Magnet Schedule Giveaway plus the first Friday Family Fireworks of the season! All fans will receive a 2012 Magnet Schedule sponsored by Tyson(r) Any'tizers(r) Snacks, Fox 30 and 96.9 The Eagle. Also check out the hottest rides from your Southern Ford Dealers. Plus stick around after the game for the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts and your local NAPA Auto Care Center Dealers!

Saturday is Kids Fielder's Glove Giveaway, Bark in the Park after Dark & Steak Me out to the Ballgame! The first 1,000 kids get a real, playable Fielder's Glove courtesy of UF & Shands and WJXT TV-4. The Baseball Grounds will go to the dogs as it's Bark in the Park After Dark, sponsored by Pet Paradise! All dogs get into the game for just $2.50 and can register to win great dog prizes! Following the game all dogs can run the bases! Plus enjoy Steak Me Out to the Ballgame! Get a tender 8 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon, baked potato, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and general admission to the game for only $25! Also check out the hottest rides from your Southern Ford Dealers! Sponsored by UF & Shands, Pet Paradise, Southern Ford Dealers, WJXT TV-4, Magic 107.3 and SportsRadio 930AM.

Come celebrate Easter at the Baseball Grounds on Sunday with our Easter Egg Hunt on the Field, Suns Silly Bandz Giveaway, Free Kids Tickets at Winn-Dixie and Kids Run the Bases! Stop by your area Winn-Dixie for free kids (4-12) tickets, while supplies last, and then bring your kids early as the Easter Egg Hunt will begin on the field for all kids at 2:15, featuring real dyed eggs and plastic eggs with special prizes, presented by Winn-Dixie, Eggland's Best, CW 17 and RadioNOW 97.9! All kids will receive a set of Suns Silly Bandz, courtesy of Winn-Dixie! Check out the hottest rides from your Southern Ford Dealers and be sure to stick around after the game for the first Kids Run the Bases of the season, presented by VyStar Credit Union!

Monday afternoon is Senior Citizens Day & Celebration of Reading Day #1! It's Senior Citizens Day; seniors can stroll the bases from 11:15-11:30, plus Seniors 62+ receive half-price box seats! This special 12:05pm matinee welcomes school kids from across the area for an afternoon of baseball plus a special banner contest. Sponsored by the City of Jacksonville, Florida Blue and AM600 WBOB!

Tuesday night is the return of the fan-favorite Fifty-Cent Family Feast, Throw Back Night & Gate Tuesday Night Tickets! Enjoy $.50 hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream treats! It's also the First Throw Back Night of 2012! Join us as we celebrate 50 years since Dodger Stadium opened! The Suns will sell "Dodger Dogs" for 50 cents and wear their old timey, baggy, pin-striped uniforms. Present a receipt from any local Gate Gas Station at the Suns Box Office for Buy One-Get-One Tickets! Sponsored by Gate, Oscar Mayer, Hampton Farms, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Folio Weekly and Lite 96.1.

Wednesday afternoon is the first Businessperson Special of 2012! $15.50 gets a Homeplate Box seat, large hot dog and large beverage of choice. It's Baseball in the SUNShine sponsored by 1010XL.

Be sure to join us on Thursday for the first Thursday Night Throwdown of 2012! Enjoy Buds for a Buck and 2 for 1 Cocktails at the hottest spot in Jacksonville! Sponsored by Budweiser, Jim Beam, Absolut, Jagermeister, Buzz Magazine and Gator Country 99.9.

Friday is Family Faith Night, Tim Tebow Look-a-Like Contest and Friday Family Fireworks! It's a night of Faith, Fellowship and our National Past-time with a special post-game concert featuring Jenny Simmons of Addison Road, courtesy of Chick-Fil-A and 91.7 The Promise! Plus one lucky Tim Tebow look-a-like will win a surprise package! After the game and before the concert will be the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts and your local NAPA Auto Care Center Dealers!

The homestand comes to a close on Saturday with Replica BP Cap Giveaway, Honor Jackie Robinson Night & Steak Me Out To The Ballgame! The first 3,000 fans will receive a replica of the Suns gray BP cap courtesy of 1-2-1 Financial Credit Union, CBS 47 & 99.1 WQIK! Be sure to arrive early as the Suns will honor former Negro League players Art Hamilton and Harold Hair in a special pre-game ceremony and will have a special video tribute to Jackie Robinson and all he meant not only to Baseball, but also to America, sponsored by V101.5! Plus enjoy Steak Me Out to the Ballgame! Get a tender 8 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon, baked potato, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and general admission to the game for only $25!

Tickets for all Suns home games are currently on sale through the Suns Box Office at (904) 358-2846, or online at www.jaxsuns.com . Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $10.50 for reserved seating and $13.50 for Homeplate Box seating. Limited sponsorships, season tickets and group packages are still available. The 2012 season is presented by Everbank, official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. The Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins and a member of the Southern League of Professional Baseball.

Thurs. April 5 vs. Huntsville

7:05

Opening Night with 50th Anniversary Golden Suns Coin Giveaway and Poster Schedules Giveaway. The 1st 3,000 fans get a 50th Anniversary 1962-2012 Golden Suns Coin sponsored by Underwood's Jewelers. Sponsored by Underwood's Jewelers and First Coast News 12 & 25 and 1010XL.

Fri. April 6 vs. Huntsville

7:05

Friday Family Fireworks, Magnet Schedules. ALL fans will receive a 2012 Suns magnet schedule courtesy of Tyson(r) Any'tizers(r) snacks! Plus check out the hottest rides in town from your Southern Ford Dealers. Following the last out of the game, stick around for the best fireworks show in town with the Friday Family Fireworks brought to you every Friday night this season by NAPA and NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers! Sponsored by Southern Ford Dealers, NAPA and your friendly neighborhood NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers, Tyson(r) Any'tizers(r) snacks, Fox 30 and 96.9 The Eagle.

Sat. April 7 vs. Huntsville

6:05

Bark in the Park After Dark, Kids Fielder's Glove Giveaway and Steak Me Out to the Ball Game! The 1st 1,000 kids (ages 4-12) get a real playable Fielder's Glove brought to you by UF & Shands and WJXT TV-4. For all you dog lovers it's Bark in the Park After Dark sponsored by Pet Paradise! Bring your four-legged family members to the Baseball Grounds with $2.50 tickets, access to the Pet Expo with prizes and giveaways! Back by popular demand on Saturday nights this season it's Steak Me Out to the Ball Game in the Sundowner Lounge! For only $25.00 you get a tender 8 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon, baked potato, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and General Admission ticket! Also check out the hottest rides in town from your Southern Ford Dealers. Plus hang around after the game as ALL dogs run the bases after the game! Sponsored by UF & Shands Jacksonville, Pet Paradise, Southern Ford Dealers, Car Spa, WJXT TV-4, Magic 107.3 and SportsRadio 930AM.

Sun. April 8 vs. Huntsville

3:05

Easter Egg Hunt on the Field, Suns Silly Bandz Giveaway, Free Kids Tickets at Winn-Dixie & Kids Run the Bases. Stop by Winn-Dixie and pick-up FREE kids' tickets then head out to the ballpark early and join Southpaw and Sunny the Bunny for an Easter Egg Hunt on the field! Plus, all kids receive Silly Bandz brought to you by Winn-Dixie! Also, check out the hottest rides in town from your Southern Ford Dealers. Stick around after the game for the VyStar Kids Run the Bases (ages 4-12)! Sponsored by Eggland's Best, Winn-Dixie, Southern Ford Dealers, CW17 and RadioNOW 97.9.

Mon. April 9 vs. Huntsville

12:05

Senior Citizens Day & Celebration of Reading Day #1. Before the game, Seniors can stroll the bases from 11:15-11:30! Plus senior citizens (62+) receive half-price box seats! School kids from all over Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are invited to enjoy this special early afternoon game! Prizes will be rewarded for the best banner with a Suns and reading theme! Sponsored by the City of Jacksonville, Florida Blue and AM600 WBOB.

Tues. April 10 vs. Chattanooga

7:05

The first Fifty-Cent Family Feast game of the 2012 season and Throw Back Night - Fifty years since Dodger Stadium opened! Fifty-cent hotdogs, peanuts and ice cream treats! It's also the first Throw Back Night of the 2012 season and fifty years since Dodger Stadium opened! The Suns will sell "DODGER DOGS" for fifty-cents! Come out and see the Suns players wear pin-striped uniforms as they throw back to the early years of baseball! Plus Buy-One-Get-One Tickets with any receipt from any Gate store! Sponsored by Gate, Oscar-Mayer, Hampton Farms, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Folio Weekly & Lite 96.1.

Wed. April 11 vs. Chattanooga

1:05

BusinessPerson's Special. For only $15.50 Suns fans get a HomePlate Box seat and a voucher for a large hot dog and large beverage of choice. It's Baseball in the SUNShine! Sponsored by 1010XL.

Thurs. April 12 vs. Chattanooga

7:35

Thursday Night Throw Down with a new start time of 7:35pm! Enjoy Buds for a Buck and other cocktail specials at the hottest spot in Jacksonville during the summer! Sponsored by Budweiser, Absolut, Jim Beam, Jagermeister, Gator Country 99.9 and BUZZ Magazine.

Fri. April 13 vs. Chattanooga

7:05

Family Faith Night, Tim Tebow Look-a-Like contest and Friday Family Fireworks. Enjoy a post game concert featuring Jenny Simmons of Addison Road on this special evening of faith, fellowship and our national pastime brought to you by Chick-fil-A. Plus one lucky Tim Tebow look-a-like fan will win a surprise package! After the game and before the concert, enjoy Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts and your local NAPA Auto care Center Dealers. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A and 91.7 The Promise.

Sat. April 14 vs. Chattanooga

6:05

Replica BP Cap Giveaway, Honor Jackie Robinson Night and Steak Me Out to the Ball Game. The 1st 3,000 fans receive a cool replica of the Suns' gray BP cap courtesy of 1-2-1 Financial! The Suns will honor former Negro League players Art Hamilton and Harold Hair in a special pre-game ceremony on the field and with a special video tribute to Jackie Robinson. Back by popular demand on Saturday nights this season it's Steak Me Out to the Ball Game in the Sundowner Lounge! For only $25.00 you get a tender 8 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon, baked potato, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and General Admission ticket! Sponsored by 1-2-1 Financial Credit Union, CBS47, 99.1 WQIK and V101.5.

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