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Five bobbleheads are part of Royals’ 2016 promotions

This is the Ned Yost bobblehead that fans can get this season.
This is the Ned Yost bobblehead that fans can get this season.

You will be able to add to your baseball fashion or your bobblehead collection at Royals games this season.

The Royals on Friday announced their 2016 promotions and special-events calendar, and the team is planning a number of giveaways and special themes for games.

GIVEAWAY HIGHLIGHTS

World Series Champions Car Flag: On April 9, the Royals will play the Twins and the first 10,000 fans will receive a World Champions Car Flag.

World Series Champions Replica Trophy: On April 23, the Royals will play the Orioles and the first 20,000 fans will receive a replica trophy.

Ned Yost Bobblehead: On May 14, the Royals will play the Braves and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Ned Yost bobbleheadto commemorate the World Series title run.

Monarchs Fedora: On May 15, the Royals will play the Braves on the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and Dressed to the Nines day. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Monarchs Fedora.

Kendrys Morales Bobblehead: On June 18, the Royals will play the Tigers and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Kendrys Morales bobblehead to commemorate the World Series title run.

Men’s BBQ Spatula: On June 19, the Royals will play the Tigers and the first 10,000 men will receive a special edition BBQ spatula as part of a Father’s Day celebration.

Alcides Escobar Bobblehead: On June 25, the Royals will play the Astros and the first 20,000 fans will receive an Alcides Escobar bobblehead to commemorate the World Series title run.

Wade Davis Bobblehead: On July 24, the Royals will play the Rangers and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Wade Davis bobblehead to commemorate the World Series title run.

Salvador Perez Bobblehead: On Sept. 3, the Royals will play the Tigers and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Salvador Perez bobblehead to commemorate the World Series title run.

Ladies Fabric Sling Bag: On Sept. 16, the Royals will play the White Sox and the first 10,000 women who come to Girls Night Out will get a special ladies fabric sling bag.

Mittens: On Oct. 1, the Royals will play the Indians and the first 10,000 fans will receive a pair of mittens on October 1 as a part of Fan Appreciation Night.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Salute to the Negro Leagues: The annual recognition of the Negro Leagues returns on Sunday, May 15 against the Atlanta Braves, complete with Monarchs uniforms and themed ballpark experiences. In addition, all fans are encouraged to come Dressed to the Nines, and to complement their looks, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Monarchs fedora.

University Days:

▪ Wichita State: May 28 vs. White Sox

▪ K-State Night: June 24 vs. Astros

▪ Mizzou Night: July 22 vs. Rangers

▪ Huskers Night: Aug. 6 vs. Blue Jays

▪ KU Day: Aug. 21 vs. Twins

Big Slick Celebrity Game: Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner will be back for their annual “Big Slick” game prior to the Royals game against the Tigers on June 17.

Viva Los Reales: This celebration of Hispanic heritage on June 25 will have live pregame entertainment in the Outfield Experience along with the return of the “Salsa Showdown.”

KidsFest: The Royals play the Mariners on July 10. KidsFest will feature pregame activities, entertainment and events in the Outfield Experience. The first 5,000 kids, 14 and under, will receive a Sluggerrr Big Head.

Girls Night Out: The annual Girls Night Out will be held Sept. 16 when the Royals play the White Sox. The Outfield Experience will feature pregame booths and activities catered to women of all ages. The night benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, and fans who purchase the VIP Girls Night Out theme ticket package will receive an exclusive Royals gift.

Star Wars Day: The Royals play the White Sox on Sept. 18, and characters from the Star Wars movies will visit.

Fan Appreciation Night: The Royals play the Indians on Oct. 1, and the night will feature prizes and activities.

Health Awareness Nights: On select days throughout the season, health professionals, volunteers and survivors will be at Kauffman Stadium to educate and share information with fans about pertinent health issues.

▪ May 13: Colon Cancer Awareness Night

▪ Aug. 5: Epilepsy Awareness Night

▪ Sept. 17: Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Night

OTHER NOTABLES

Value Monday presented by Hy-Vee: Fans can get $10 Hy-Vee View Level tickets, excluding May 16, June 27 and Aug. 29 (subject to availability).

T-Shirt Tuesdays: There will be unique designs on these dates: May 3, June 14, June 28, July 19, Aug. 30 and Sept. 13.

Student Nights/Local Music Showcases: Select tickets are available at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for only $10 on Wednesday home games. High school and college students with a valid ID or youths 14 years old and under who are with an adult are able to purchase tickets. In addition, all Student Nights/Local Music Showcases include pregame food and beverage specials at the Boulevard Grill concession stand, as well as a pregame concert at the Outfield Experience stage by local acts. A limited number of Student Night tickets are also available online at royals.com/studentnight. Seating is subject to availability.

GordoNation: Left fielder Alex Gordon will have a special fan section again. For Thursday home games, fans can purchase a special ticket package that includes a limited edition “GordoNation” T-shirt and a seat in select Outfield Box sections.

Summer Fireworks: There will be a free fireworks show following Friday night home games from May through August.

Family FunDay Sundays: Sunday home games will include interactive kids entertainment, caricature or balloon artists and face painters in the Outfield Experience. The Royals will have a pregame autograph opportunity with select players each Family FunDay Sunday (subject to availability). Also, all fans ages 14 and under can run the bases after the game for the Skippy Fun Run (conditions permitting). Fans can purchase four tickets in the Hy-Vee View Level with $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise, as well as a Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience all for just $100 (excludes opening night).

Sluggerrr’s Blue Crew Kids Club: For $25, each package includes an exclusive Royals zippered performance pullover, special edition KC flat bill snap back cap, Blue Crew sport necklace, VIP membership badge and lanyard, two Royals home game ticket vouchers and more. Available for kids 14 and under. Fans can sign up at Royals home games or online at royals.com/bluecrew, while supplies last.

Sonic Slam Seats: When a Royals player hits a home run that lands in the Sonic Slam Seats located in left field, all fans win a free medium Sonic Slush. Ticket stubs must be redeemed at participating Sonic locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph by midnight the following day. Fans sitting in the Sonic Slam Seats will also win a $5 My Sonic Card.

Go to www.royals.com/promotions for updates.

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