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Whitecaps Open House Feb. 15 to feature fan freebies

Whitecaps Open House Feb. 15 to feature fan freebies

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.  – Whitecaps fans are invited to Fifth Third Ballpark this Saturday, Feb. 15 for an open house filled with food, fun and friends.

Fans will be able to purchase 2014 season tickets for the first time during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pepsi Stadium Club and north parking lot.  The first 1,000 fans to arrive at the open house will get a free T-shirt and free hot dogs.  There will also be fire pits, a S’more station, face painting carnival rides and much more. For more information, visit the West Michigan Whitecaps website here.

The Whitecaps’ opening day is April 8.  The co-owners say the fire damaged portion of Fifth Third Ballpark will be rebuilt in time for the big day.

Whitecaps jersey up for public vote

Whitecaps jersey up for public vote

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The West Michigan Whitecaps have narrowed down their search for a new team jersey.

The Whitecaps will wear one of these four jersey finalists during Social Media Night on May 29.  The team is asking for fans to vote for their favorite by “liking” their top pick on Facebook.

Voting ends at noon on Feb. 12.  The designer of the winning jersey will get four tickets to the May 29 game, a copy of their jersey and a chance to throw out the first pitch during the game.

Fan freebies planned for Whitecaps Open House Feb. 15

Fan freebies planned for Whitecaps Open House Feb. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.  – Whitecaps fans are invited to Fifth Third Ballpark next week for an open house filled with food, fun and friends.

Fans will be able to purchase 2014 season tickets for the first time during the event, which is Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pepsi Stadium Club and north parking lot.  The first 1,000 fans to arrive at the open house will get a free T-shirt and free hot dogs.  There will also be fire pits, a S’more station, face painting carnival rides and much more. For more information, visit the West Michigan Whitecaps website here.

The Whitecaps’ opening day is April 8.  The co-owners say the fire damaged portion of Fifth Third Ballpark will be rebuilt in time for the big day.

Fire chief to detail Fifth Third Ballpark fire response Feb. 3

Fire chief to detail Fifth Third Ballpark fire response Feb. 3

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Township fire chief plans to discuss his department’s response to the Fifth Third Ballpark fire Monday night.

David Peterson is expected to present his fire response report to the Plainfield Township Board  during its meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

The fire on Jan. 3 started from a space heater used by construction workers.  The flames destroyed one-third of the concourse on the first base side, as well as 11 to 12 skyboxes.

Firefighters encountered several issues while battling the blaze, including frozen water lines.  Peterson said crews could only access two hydrants on the ballpark property and they had to use hundreds of yard of hose to access outlying hydrants.

West Michigan Whitecaps looking for fan food favorite

West Michigan Whitecaps looking for fan food favorite

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Baco made the cut; can your creation?

The deadline for food ideas for the West Michigan Whitecaps is this Tuesday, Feb. 4.   The Whitecaps will narrow down the entries to 10 items, which will then be up for an online fan vote.  The winner of the vote will grace the Fifth Third Ballpark menu this year.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 4.  Food ideas can be submitted via email at playball@whitecapsbaseball.com.  Submissions should include a complete description and photo if possible.

This is the fifth year fans have selected an item for the ballpark menu.  Previous winners include the Baco, the Declaration of Indigestion, Chicks with Sticks, the Fifth Third Burger and the Westside Po’Boy.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  School staff will take on a team of officers this Saturday, Feb. 1 as the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games return to Kenowa Hills.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills administrators and teachers playing local law enforcement members.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  The proceeds will benefit Kent County Sheriff Detective Aron Bowser who is currently awaiting a lung transplant.