Championship rolls to Albuquerque
Isotopes Park will be the host site for the 2011 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, pitting the winner of the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the winner of the International League’s Governors’ Cup, in a one-game championship showdown on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:05 PM.
The contest, which will be nationally-televised on VERSUS, is the centerpiece of a day-long event that includes a free pre-game autograph session with Dodgers legends, a great giveaway from presenting sponsor Sandia Resort, and a post-game fireworks show.
The championship is one of two marquee events for baseball’s highest developmental level. For the past 23 summers, the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game has showcased tomorrow’s Major League Stars in a mid-summer classic on the day following the Major League All-Star Game. Salt Lake City, Utah will play host to the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game, scheduled for July 13.
In 1998 the Bisons participated in the best-of-five Triple-A World Series in Las Vegas, NV. The Herd was bested by New Orleans 3-1 in the series. Since 1909, Buffalo has been part of nine Triple-A Championship events.
Buffalo will host the 25th anniversary of the All-Star Game on July 11, 2012, a quarter-century after hosting the inaugural event.
“Isotopes Park has been the scene of a lot of big events through the years and we’re excited and honored to be chosen to host the 2011 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game,” said team president Ken Young. “The National Championship is yet another way we can showcase to the entire country our great facility as well as the great baseball fans we have in Albuquerque and throughout the state of New Mexico.”
The contest will be televised live on VERSUS and is expected to be re-aired the following day on the Major League Baseball Network. It will also be broadcast live on radio coast-to-coast in Triple-A markets throughout the nation.
The excitement starts at 4:30 PM with a free pre-game autograph session on the Isotopes Park concourse with Dodgers greats Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, and Bill Russell, who will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans until 6:00 PM. The first 1,500 fans will also get a great giveaway item courtesy of Sandia Resort. After the contest, fans will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show, the last one at The Lab in 2011.
Tickets for the Triple-A National Championship will go on sale Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 AM on-line at http://www.albuquerquebaseball.com and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
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