Akron RubberDucks announce 2015 schedule

Franchise’s 19th season in Akron starts April 9 at Canal Park

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AKRON, OHIO – The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced its 2015 schedule today, which features 70 dates at Canal Park, starting with the home opener on Thursday, April 9 vs. Binghamton Mets at 6:35 p.m. The franchise’s 19th season in Akron kicks off a seven-game homestand from April 9-15 against Binghamton and the Trenton Thunder.

The 71-game home schedule features 11 Friday, 11 Saturday, and 11 Sunday home games. Saturday, July 11 is a rare scheduled doubleheader against the Reading Fightin Phils at 5:05 p.m. Akron will be home for two holidays-- Mother’s Day (May 10 vs. Binghamton) and Father’s Day (June 21 vs. Erie). Another unique feature are the back-to-back “Education Days,” slated for May 20-21, with both games starting at 10:35 a.m. During those games, the RubberDucks will host school groups from Summit and surrounding counties.

“The response of our fans this year has been unbelievable and we think next year’s schedule is even better,” said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. ““Our fans will love the schedule, which is loaded with big weekend matchups, day games, and holiday dates, along with Canal Park’s always-fun atmosphere and wacky promotions. Our fans are they’re the ones who have made the Akron RubberDucks the premier destination for affordable, family fun in Northeast Ohio,” said Pfander.

Canal Park will host appearances by all 11 Eastern League opponents, including four series against the Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers), three series each against the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Binghamton Mets (New York Mets), and Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), and two series against the Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees).

Each weekday game from April through May will begin at 6:35 p.m., while Saturday contests start at 2:05 p.m. in April, switch to 6:35 p.m. in May, and move to 7:05 p.m. June through September. All Sunday games will begin at 2:05 p.m.

The 2015 home schedule will once again have a number of family-friendly promotions, including post-game fireworks every Friday home game, and every Saturday home game in June, July and August. Every Sunday game will begin at 2:05 p.m. and will feature the popular Family FUNday activities, which includes a pre-game catch on the field and kids running the bases after the game.

The 2015 home schedule features several midweek matinee games, in addition to the May 20-21 “Education Days.” There are three 12:05 p.m. midweek starts in April, two in June and one in July.

For season tickets, the RubberDucks are currently taking non-refundable deposits at $125 per ticket for renewals and new seats. The RubberDucks can accept deposits via phone and box office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or during the remaining 16 Akron 2014 regular season home games. No online deposits will be accepted.

A complete promotional schedule for the 2015 season will be released at a later date. Individual tickets will go on sale in early spring of 2015.

The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is its 18th since moving to Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. For more information go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck. 

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