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Canaries Unveil 2014 Schedule

November 1, 2013 - American Association (AA) Sioux Falls Canaries

SIOUX FALLS - The Sioux Falls Canaries released their 2014 schedule on Friday, and they will open their 22nd season at home on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against the Sioux City Explorers.

For the fourth straight year, the Birds will play a continuous, 100-game schedule in the American Association. They will also have three inter-league contests with a Can-Am League opponent.

"We're excited to build off the momentum of the great crowds from this past season," said Canaries CEO/President Tom Garrity, whose club saw a team record of 161,131 fans come to the Birdcage in 2013, breaking a previous high set in 2008. "We are working hard to plan for an outstanding fan experience. In the coming months, we will unveil some fantastic new promotions, theme nights and improvements."

All home games Monday through Saturday will begin at 7:05 p.m., with the exception of 12:05 p.m. starts on June 18 and June 30. Sundays will have a new start time at 4:05 p.m.

"We believe the 4:05 p.m. start on Sunday will be especially convenient for families," Garrity said. "They can spend the late afternoon at the Birdcage and still be home in the early evening."

The 2014 home schedule hosts 11 different opponents and 29 contests in the popular Thursday through Sunday dates. The Birds will have 17 home games against division opponents.

The American Association features 12 teams in 2014 after the the El Paso Diablos ceased operation. Three divisions - North, Central and South - will have four teams each. The Canaries will once again play in the North Division with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes. The Central Division is comprised of the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs and Sioux City Explorers. The Wichita Wingnuts shift to the South Division, joining the Amarillo Sox, Grand Prairie AirHogs and Laredo Lemurs. Three division champions from the full-season schedule along with a wild card winner will reach postseason play.

The complete 2014 schedule is as follows:

May 15-16

vs. Sioux City Explorers

May 17

at Sioux City Explorers

May 18

vs. Sioux City Explorers

May 19-20

vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats

May 22-25

at St. Paul Saints

May 26-28

at Fargo-Moorhead

May 29-June 1

vs. Kansas City T-Bones

June 2-5

vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes

June 6-8

at Gary SouthShore RailCats

June 9-11

at St. Paul Saints

June 13-15

vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

June 17-19

vs. Amarillo Sox

June 20-22

at Sioux City Explorers

June 23-26

at Gary SouthShore RailCats

June 27-29

vs. St. Paul Saints

June 30-July 3

vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats

July 4-6

at Kansas City T-Bones

July 7-9

at Wichita Wingnuts

July 11-13

vs. Grand Prairie AirHogs

July 15-17

vs. Laredo Lemurs

July 18-20

at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

July 21-24

at St. Paul Saints

July 25-27

vs. Sioux City Explorers

July 28-29

All-Star Break, Winnipeg, Man.

July 30-Aug. 2

vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes

Aug. 3-6

at Amarillo Sox

Aug. 7-10

at Lincoln Saltdogs

Aug. 12-14

vs. Can-Am League opponent (TBD)

Aug. 15-17

vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes

Aug. 19-20

vs. Sioux City Explorers

Aug. 21-24

at Winnipeg Goldeyes

Aug. 26-28

vs. Lincoln Saltdogs

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

For more information about business partnerships or season tickets in 2014, call the Canaries at (605) 336-6060.

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