What goes together better than baseball, hot dogs, fireworks and the Fourth of July? There’s something about celebrating our country’s birthday with America’s favorite pastime, with a side of hot dogs and fireworks. If this sounds like the perfect July 4th outing to you, then you are in luck because the Winston-Salem Dash have planned the best Fourth of July entertainment in the Triad!
“The Fourth of July game has become one of the most anticipated nights of the season among Winston-Salem Dash fans,” said Geoff Lassiter, Winston-Salem Dash President. “We cannot thank the city of Winston-Salem enough for allowing us to put on such a fantastic event that both truly encapsulates the community and properly celebrates this great country.” To ensure that fans have the best experience possible, the Dash will open the gates to the park at 5:15 pm to allow extra time to enjoy all that BB&T Ballpark has to offer, which if you have never been to, is a must-see for sure!
“BB&T Ballpark is one of the better ballparks in the Carolina League, but when we get fans here, the atmosphere becomes much more electric and exciting,” commented Charlie Poe, WS Dash Hitting Coach, who has spent the last three seasons in Winston-Salem. “The fans here get so loud and so rowdy, and we want to play well for them and make sure they have a great night and ballpark experience. The Dash do a phenomenal job here in Winston-Salem attracting fans to the park, and we love getting to play baseball in front of them.” And you can be sure that the Dash will pull out all the stops for the special holiday crowd.
This will be the seventh consecutive season the Dash have hosted a game on the Fourth of July. In their previous six contests, 45,747 fans have entered the turnstiles at BB&T Ballpark, averaging 7,625 fans per game. More than 8,000 spectators have attended these games in each of the last three years with a ballpark-record 8,184 people settling into the seats for the 2014 matchup with Wilmington. This year the team takes on the Down East Wood Ducks for a 6:30 pm start. In the past years, being at home on the Fourth of July has proven good luck for the Dash.
“The proof is in the pudding over the last two years on July 4th for the Dash. In 2015, Winston- Salem earned a walk-off win over Frederick with Omar Narvaez delivering a game-winning single in extra innings. Narvaez has since reached the Major Leagues and is a key player for the Chicago White Sox, the Dash’s parent club. Last season, Jordan Stephens struck out nine over six dominant innings en route to a shutout win over the eventual Carolina League champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Dash won the game 8-0, with former NC State star Brett Austin delivering three RBIs,” said David Kahn, Winston-Salem Dash Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant.
After watching the Dash clash with the Wood Ducks, be sure to stick around for an extended fireworks performance that has been dubbed the best in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and beyond, for many years running. This display is also the official fireworks show for the city of Winston- Salem, so it is the perfect spectacle to round out your Fourth of July celebration this year.
The Dash have an exciting final few months of the 2017 campaign after their Fourth of July bonanza. Some notable promotions in July include three fireworks shows, a pair of Lowe’s Foods Thirsty Thursdays and six Kids Run the Bases opportunities powered by New Balance Winston-Salem. Additionally, be sure to check their Star Wars Day at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, July 21, as the Dash take on the Salem Red Sox. The month of August follows with two Chick- fil-A Four Pack nights and their final All-You-Can-Eat for Free Night on Monday, August 14, when the Myrtle Beach Pelicans make the trek to Winston-Salem.
For the Fourth of July game, tickets start as low as $9 when purchased in advance. To order tickets, call the Dash at 336-714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.