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Slugger Field transformed for first ever Star Wars night

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It was a first for the Louisville Bats at Slugger Field on Sunday night. The park was transformed for the premiere of Star Wars night.

He may be from the dark side, but Darth Vader stepped into the light throwing out the first pitch for the game against the Charlotte Knights.

The entire park was full of fans. Some, like Yoda, were even stuffed. Kids all over the stadium decked out like their favorite characters.

Louisville Bats Senior Vice President Greg Galiette says the park came up with the idea last fall.

"We've seen a couple of minor league and major league teams do it, but we feel like they didn't push the envelope far with the actual evening," Galiette said.

On Sunday night, they took it to the next level with more than a dozen Star Wars characters including Chewbacca, Storm Troopers and Princess Leia.

"We're Jedi,” said one man who proved adults got in on the fun as well. Those who dressed up also got a discount on admission tickets.

"The score to it is excellent, everything,” one woman said. “It's just an incredible series that's stood the test of time and it's something to celebrate."

And celebrate they did. Buddy Bat used his light saber, players’ pictures were transformed and crews even marked the field behind home plate.

The jerseys, worn by the players, resembled rebel pilot flight suits and Lucas Films says the only thing it asked for was five jerseys sent to the office.

"They had special numbers and names they wanted put on the back of the jerseys," Galiette said. "We had all of that done and it was already taken care of."

The night also included a costume contest, Star Wars trivia and sound effects from the movie: A great night for fans that will likely make a return.

"I knew there was a lot of passion among the Star Wars fans but I never anticipated it being like this," Galiette said. "So we're already thinking Star Wars night No. 2 next year."

The players' jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The bidding process runs through August 4. To check out the jerseys, click here.

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