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Fireworks, tickets and promotion highlights — your 2017 Boise Hawks fans’ guide

The Boise Hawks take the field during practice last week at Memorial Stadium. After opening their 31st season on the road, the Hawks host their home opener Tuesday against the Eugene Emeralds.
The Boise Hawks take the field during practice last week at Memorial Stadium. After opening their 31st season on the road, the Hawks host their home opener Tuesday against the Eugene Emeralds. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Boise Hawks host their 31st home opener at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday against the Eugene Emeralds.

Get ready for the home opener and the following 37 home games with our fans’ guide.

TICKETS

Prices are the same as last season, except for a $1 increase on tickets in the first-base bleachers. Tickets on Mondays include a $4 surcharge as part of Feed Your Face Mondays.

Third-base/home-plate reserved: $14

First-base box: $14

First-base bleachers: $8

Available at BoiseHawks.com, 208-322-5000 or the Memorial Stadium box office

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A crowd of 4,290 fans watched the fireworks July 3, 2015, at Memorial Stadium. Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com

FIREWORK NIGHTS

The Hawks will host eight firework shows this summer, up from six last year.

The firework shows are June 30, July 2, July 3, July 8, July 15, July 28, Aug. 12 and Sept. 3.

PROMOTION HIGHLIGHTS

Kids Club Sundays: Registered Kids Club members receive free admission and can play catch on the field before the game.

Feed Your Face Mondays: Unlimited select concession and outside vendor items until the end of the fourth inning.

Two for $2 Tuesdays: $2 for a first-base bleacher seat and a hot dog.

Baseball Bingo Wednesdays: Bingo cards are given out at the gate with prizes awarded throughout the game.

Thirsty Thursdays: $1 for 12-ounce domestic beers and $2 for Pepsi products until the end of the seventh inning.

Player Photo Giveaways: Every Thursday but the first one, the first 500 fans receive 3.5-by-5-inch photos of four players, who will be on hand for autographs.

Story Time on the Field: Hawks players will read to children on the field from 6:35 to 6:50 p.m. eight times this summer (Tuesday, Wednesday, June 27, June 30, July 19, July 28, Sept. 2, Sept. 3).

Opening Night: Magnetic schedule (first 2,000 fans) and Smokey the Bear baseball giveaway.

July 1: Pepsi cooler giveaway.*

July 7: Grill spatula and fork giveaway.*

July 29: Bark in the Park. Dogs are welcome in the stands. Thirtieth anniversary T-shirt giveaway.*

Aug. 11: Cooling towel giveaway.*

Aug. 12: Military Appreciation Night. The Hawks will wear military-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned after the game.

Sept. 1: 30th anniversary Pepsi can clock giveaway.*

Sept. 2: Team poster giveaway with a postgame autograph session.*

* — limited to first 1,000 fans

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The Boise Hawks will install a new video board and scoreboard for the 2017 season Courtsey of the Boise Hawks Courtesy of the Boise Hawks

NEW AT THE STADIUM

Fans can’t miss a new video scoreboard the Hawks installed above the left-field scoreboard, which is also new.

The video board measures 595 square feet (15 feet, 9 inches high by 37 feet, 9.5 inches wide) and holds 648,000 LED lights. It allows the Hawks to show live video, instant replays, video clips, statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages.

The Hawks also replaced their picnic tent along the first-base line and rebranded it as the Mountain Dew Lodge. And the club replaced the first two rows of box seats down the third-base line.

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A rendering of the proposed Downtown Boise baseball/soccer stadium. Courtesy of the Boise Hawks

DOWNTOWN STADIUM UPDATE

The Hawks have clamored for a new Downtown stadium for more than a decade through several ownership groups. But the current owners have made tangible progress, agreeing on terms this spring to purchase 11 acres of land on the corner of Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive from St. Luke’s Health System.

The location would host a four-acre stadium for the Hawks, a minor-league soccer team, and potentially the new Boise State baseball team.

The goal is to open the new stadium in 2020.

NOT JUST BASEBALL

The Hawks continue to expand their entertainment options at Memorial Stadium.

The stadium hosted a beer festival Saturday, and the Hawks will partner with the Knitting Factory for the second year in a row for a summer concert series.

The series features five shows, two that have already passed (Odesza and The Shins). Upcoming are Slightly Stoopid (July 14), Glass Animals (Sept. 14) and Modest Mouse (Sept. 23).

“I don’t think we’re quite experts at it all, but I think we’re growing what we do,” Boise Hawks General Manager Bob Flannery said. “And I think this is part of our future as well. When things get bigger with us and there is the move to the new ballpark, we’ll probably need a staff — I don’t know how big — handling just special events.”

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Boise Hawks manager Scott Little talks to his players during a 2017 practice at Memorial Stadium. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com

NEW MAN IN CHARGE

For the third year in a row, the Hawks will field a new manager.

Scott Little, the Hawks’ hitting coach last season, returns to the managerial seat for the first time since 2009. He started managing in the minor leagues in 1992, reaching as high as Double-A with the Texas Rangers in 2008 and 2009. He owns a career record of 838-852 in 13 seasons and won an Arizona Fall League championship with the Dodgers in 2005.

The 54-year-old played college football and baseball at the University of Missouri. The Mets drafted him in the seventh round of the 1984 draft, and the outfielder played three games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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