Padres announce 2012 game events calendar

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced the club’s 2012 game events schedule, including Friday night festivities, Saturday fan giveaways and Military Appreciation Sundays.

Friday nights at the ballpark in 2012 promise to be packed with action, including six Friday night fireworks shows, three Retro Nights (70’s, 80’s and 90’s), and special pregame events at the Park at the Park nearly every week. Themes for the pregame festivals include Cinco de Mayo, Beerfest, Ultimate Cookout and a Wine & Food Festival.  The events will feature food, drinks and music between 5:00 p.m. and the start of the game. Entry is included with a paid ticket to that night’s game.

Padres fans will have the opportunity to choose which uniforms the team wears on three different Retro Nights this season. Online fan voting at www.padres.com/retro begins Monday, February 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Fans will have one week to cast a vote for their favorite uniform from the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s.  Each decade will feature three options. The uniform from each era with the most fan votes will be worn by the team on the designated Retro Night.

Saturdays mark Baseball Night in San Diego, when fans can expect to experience giveaways, concerts and other special events at Petco Park. The 2012 all-fan giveaway lineup features four wearable items – two t-shirts (April 5, May 5), an alternate jersey replica (June 2) and a Padres ballcap (April 21) – as well as fan favorites like the Padres schedule cling (April 5) and beach towel (July 7). Postgame concerts on the field will return in 2012. Acts will be announced at a later date.

Home Sundays this season will maintain a military and family focus, with 12 Military Appreciation games plus Jr. Padres events like Kids Run the Bases (June 24, July 8, Sept. 16), Sunday Signings (every Sunday) and Kids Photo Day (May 20). Military Opening Day is set for Sunday, April 22. In addition to individual branch appreciation days in 2012, the Padres have added Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6), Salute to the Military Child (May 20) and Military Family Appreciation Day (Sept. 9).

New in 2012, the youngest Padres fans are able to get a special prize at every game they attend, rather than exclusively on Sundays. Now, any child age 14 or younger, who is a member of the Jr. Padres program, can show their Jr. Padres membership card to receive a giveaway item at any home game. Becoming a Jr. Padres member is free and easy. Registration is available online at www.padres.com/jrpadres and on site at Petco Park.

The Padres’ 2012 home opener, Thursday, April 5 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, is currently more than 80 percent sold out. Single-game tickets for all 81 regular season home games are on sale now online at www.padres.com, by phone at 619.795.5555 and at the Petco Park box office. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.