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"May the Force" be with the Louisville Bats for "Star Wars" night

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Slugger Field turns into a "galaxy far, far away" for the Louisville Bats' first "Star Wars Night."  The special event is planned for Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Louisville Bats GM Greg Galiette says it's a fan experience.  Lynn McQuillen is with Papa John's, which is sponsoring the theme night that includes character appearances, photo opportunities and more that will be taking place on the night of the game. Plus  anyone who dresses up as your favorite "Star Wars" character gets $3 off admission.  

"Star Wars" characters are scheduled to appear at Slugger Field including Darth Vader, R2D2, Storm Troopers, Snow Troopers, Captain Rex, Tie Pilot, Sandtrooper, Republic Commando 1138, Princess Leia, Rebel General, Jedi Knight, Dar Kyram, Blackbird & Skana Dala. All character appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

Players will dress in uniforms inspired by rebel pilots, while characters will roam the ball park. Not to mention, video clips will play on the big screen, and organizers are even considering replacing players' headshots with characters when they're up-to-bat.

The Bats aren't the first professional sports team to organize a night dedicated to the cult classic, but organizers believe they are the first to wear rebel pilot-inspired uniforms. Galiette said they came up with the idea last fall, but it took quite a bit of time to get everything approved by Lucas Films. The production company even asked for five of the special edition jerseys.

Each jersey will be auctioned off the Monday after the game. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 28 and run through 10 a.m. on Monday, August 4.  To make a bid, go to the Bats Official Auction Site. http://bats.milbauctions.com/gallery.cfm  ; Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Kosair Children's Hospital.

The Louisville Bats' "Star Wars" night is Sunday, July 27 at Slugger Field against the Charlotte Knights.  Game time is 6:05 p.m.  Tickets are $7 to $12.  Wear a STAR WARS character costume on the night of the game and receive a discounted ticket price of only $5 per Field Reserved ticket and only $9 per Premium/Club Level ticket!
Saturday, July 26:
Louisville vs. Charlotte is now a Doubleheader (because of a rain out in Charlotte a few weeks ago that we are now making up here). Game # 1 on Saturday will begin at 5:30 PM with the Gates Opening at 5 PM. Bats "Go-Green Hats" handed out beginning at 5 PM to the first 2,000 fans.
Sunday, July 27:

Louisville vs. Charlotte is "Star Wars Night". Fans that dress in Star Wars costume get a Field Reserved Ticket for Sunday Night for only $5! The Bats Team will play in their special "Star Wars Jerseys" and after the game those Jerseys will go on-line for a week long auction off of the Bats Web-Site with all the proceeds going to Kosair Children's Hospital. We will have 20 Star Wars Characters in costume that night that fans can have their photos taken with in the Hall of Fame Pavilion. We'll also have a Costume Contest and play Star Wars Trivia on the Videoboard during the game.

For more details about these games and all the Bats Games and Promotions just visit our website at www.batsbaseball.com.

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