In a galaxy far, far away, the Lansing Lugnuts held one of their fan-favorite themed nights, Star Wars Night on June 16 where they hosted the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost, 7-1.
While the Lugnuts lost, the force was with the audience as there were different Star Wars themed events and prizes.
In-between field changes and timeouts, select fans were able to play fun mini-games like “Burger Dash” and “Categories” to entertain the waiting audience.
“Baseball games are always a blast to go to because they really make the effort to get the fans involved,” Taylor Konwinski said. “It’s why I always end up coming to more and more games.”
The biggest fan interaction came from the opportunity to take pictures with Darth Vader, stormtroopers and Jedi manhunter, Nico the Fett. The stadium also sold “lightsabers” and all of the proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
After the game, there was also Star Wars’ themed fireworks.
“I grew up watching Star Wars so it was really fun to go to this game and relive my childhood while also throwing in a bit of baseball too,” Lugnuts fanatic, Ty Trombley said.
Other events the Lugnuts are hosting throughout this summer include Salute the Canadian Tuxedo, Dog Days of Summer, and Superhero Day. They also do promotional events where drinks or food are discounted.
“It’s a great place for not only families and baseball fans, but also college kids to hang out because the food is cheap and they are fun themed so it kind of takes us away from our other responsibilities for a bit,” Michigan State student Ryan Mayer said.
The Lugnuts beat the Hot Rods 2-1 in their next game and are now on the road facing off against the Dayton Dragons.