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Mascot Zoggy has changed his skin color from purple to green for the season, as a summer-long initiative of environmental awareness will be highlighted on Going Green Night, Wednesday July 30.  Advocacy groups, organizations and various community leaders will be asked to participate in a pre-game panel discussion on the environment open to the general public and media.  The ValleyCats will showcase fuel efficient hybrid vehicles and give away items such as eco-friendly reusable shopping bags and other products all designed to help people consume less, preserve natural resources and save money.  Verizon Wireless will be presenting a cell phone recycling program, as incentives will be offered in exchange for the unwanted electronics.  

Several promo nights will show off the best food, music and local talent of the Capital Region.  Some of these themes include April Fools Day in July (July 1), Guitar Hero Night (July 11), Texas BBQ Night (July 12), Halloween (July 13), Superheroes Night (July 20), Thanksgiving (July 31) Italian Night (August 6), Parrothead Night (August 7), The Olympics (August 8), Irish Night (August 12) and Christmas in August (August 25).

Take a trip down memory lane during the decade-themed nights.  The games will feature music and trivia from the past, capped off with post-game fireworks.  Themes include 50’s Night (July 10), 60’s Night (July 14), 70’s Night (August 2), 80’s Night (August 8), 90’s Night (August 13) and 00’s Night (August 31).

Other specialty events include two Jersey Auctions (July 3, September 6), an 11:00am start time (July 21), Scout Night Sleepover (August 8) and Bark in the Park Night (August 30), the only time you can bring your dog to see the ‘Cats.

The 2008 season features the return of all the ValleyCats mascots.  SouthPaw is once again joined by his grandfather Pappy SouthPaw, Spiedie the Chicken, The Tooth Fairy, The Hot Dog Racers and Zoggy.  Pappy SouthPaw will celebrate his 99th Birthday (June 22) while Spiedie the Chicken celebrates his 1st (June 29).

Weekly promotions are back as well, such as Two-for-Tuesdays where fans can enjoy 2-for-the-price-of-1 select draft beer and soda specials and Thursty Thursdays with discounted beer and soda products, all summer long.  On any of the seven Family Day Sundays, fans can still purchase the Family 4-Pack (4 tickets, 4 sodas & 4 hot dogs for $25), participate in a pre-game catch on the field or run the bases post-game.

In what could be the most anticipated event of the season, National Grid is sponsoring the fourth-ever New York-Penn League All-Star Game.  The festivities include a Troy Riverfront All-Star Fan Fest on Monday, August 18 at 5pm.  Live music, ballpark food and family entertainment will celebrate the arrival of Major League baseball’s potential future stars to the community in this free event.  On Tuesday August 19, The New York-Penn League All-Star Game is set to become the first professional baseball All-Star Game in Capital Region history, as the National League takes on the American League.  The pre-game All-Star Home Run Derby starts at 7:15pm and an astounding All-Star Fireworks showcase will follow the game.

Season tickets, flex plans, gift cards and discounted group tickets are available now.  All-Star Game tickets are available as part of a 6-Game Mini Plan package.  Tickets may be purchased by calling a representative at (518) 629-CATS or at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm.  For the complete 2008 game schedule and all news, visit www.tcvalleycats.com.

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