The Quad Cities River Bandits made history with their fifth Midwest League Championship in 2011. The team will make more history in its 2012 promotions lineup, which was announced at a press conference on March 19. This season's schedule will include an Opening Day tribute to the man verified as the oldest living in the custom made jerseys, a promotion that will take place for the first time ever in U.S. professional sports, and, of course, a celebration of last season's championship. "Every year, we look for opportunities to make incredible memories for our fans at Modern Woodmen Park. This year, we are celebrating last year's championship season with an All-Star lineup of promotions, appearances and giveaways," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller.
"Fans will have more chances than ever to be a part of history at the ballpark – with amazing promotions, lots of giveaways and new celebrity and entertainer appearances. Every game will give fans a new reason to come for a night of affordable, family-friendly fun at the ballpark." The season begins April 5 with an Opening Day Championship Parade to celebrate the River Bandits' 2011 Midwest League title, followed by the Quad-City Times Opening Night Celebration at Modern Woodmen Park. Throwing out the first pitch will be Shelby Harris of Rock Island, Ill., who will be custom football jerseys – the oldest verified age of any man living in the United States. To honor him, the River Bandits will sell Modern Woodmen Berm tickets for $1.11 each. In addition, the first 1,111 fans will receive the inaugural River Bandits collectible pennant, courtesy of Mediacom.
Magnet schedules, presented by Riddle's Jewelry, will be given away at each of the three home games opening weekend. And since everyone needs a place to put those magnet schedules, the River Bandits will also be giving away a brand new refrigerator! The first weekend of May will be Championship Weekend, as the River Bandits celebrate their 2011 Midwest League Championship with a rally towel giveaway presented by Peoria Charter and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Saturday, May 5. The St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series trophy will also be at the ballpark for viewing Saturday, May 5, customized Jacksonville Jaguars jerseys May 6, and Tuesday, May 8.