Central City going to the ‘Dogs

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Grab your peanuts and your cracker jacks because it’s Central City night at the ball fields.

The Lincoln Saltdogs minor league baseball team is hosting “Central City Night” this Saturday when they take on the Gary South Shore Railcats. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m.
Director of Ticketing Toby Antonson said the people of Central City can expect a good time for all the members of their family.

“Obviously you’ll see a great family environment,” Antonson said. “That’s one thing we pride ourselves on. We are 100% family environment.”

The partnership between Central City and the Saltdogs allows for half of the funds from tickets sold will be returned back to the community.

“Fifty percent of the ticket fees will be returned to help fund a new scoreboard at Kernel Field,” Antonson said. “This is something that came up a while back when Jamie (Wright) and Judy (Marco) contacted me and we worked out a partnership and it’s been a great project so far.”

Although the plan is to use the money for Kernel Field, Antonson said Central City has the choice to use it how they please.

“The Central City community can use the money how they want to,” he said. “We basically cut a check and they will be good to go.”
Antonson said it is only the ticket fees sold through local Central City organization members that will be returned to the local group. “By Friday we will have a good idea of where we stand,” he said.

There are still tickets being sold at various locations around town, with the Central City library being one of them. “There are a lot of different organizations around that are selling tickets,” said Antonson.

Saturday night there will be all different types of entertainment throughout the game, even something for those who aren’t baseball fans.
“We have a special appearance by George “The Animal” Steal,” he said. “When it was the WWF, for those who were fans back in the day, it’s going to be kind of fun.”
Different companies around Central City will be able to participate in some of the events during the game too.

“You’ll see in between inning promotions from an assortment of different sponsors,” he said. “You’ll see some great baseball by guys who are trying to make it to the next level. There will be a lot of great things around here.”

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