Storm Chasers Try Again To Open 2014 Season

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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Thursday night's 2014 season opener for the Omaha Storm Chasers against the Nashville Sounds was postponed due to rain. That game has been moved to Saturday. The season-opening festivities originally set for Thursday have been moved to Friday night.

Those opening festivities will honor the 2013 Triple-A champions and raise the championship banner. They'll also also feature the first Hy-Vee Friday Fireworks Show of the 2014 season.

As for the game that was lost to the rain, that's been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2:05 p.m. Fans with tickets may exchange them for any game during the season except for July 4th and August 15th and 16th.

“We'll be playing as defending national champions, I mean that's really exciting from a baseball perspective to get the season started and have a great core group of guys coming back from last year, but also have a lot of veterans and new players here,” said Storm Chaser general manager Martie Cordaro.

For fans, the Family Fun Zone has a new, inflatable games. During Wednesday’s Chasers Showcase, the 20-foot slide was definitely a favorite. And Sunday Fun Days are back. "We actually have a petting zoo where kids get to see the animals, chickens, goats, camels, llamas, then out in the Centris Family Fun Zone, clowns, so Sunday's are a big hit out here at Werner Park," said Cordaro.

The Downdraught Bar is renovated and larger and barbecue is back for good. For those looking for something totally out of left field, how about the new health cart? The menu includes the faux Philly, featuring a meat substitute, salad shakers and gluten-free beer. "If you eat healthy and you think you need to balance that, we also have the new three-patty burger at the Omaha Steak stand that will be a gut buster."

One of the most popular promotions has been $1 Weiner Wednesdays, heavily discounted for 2014, now 1-cent Weiner Wednesdays.

The stadium replay system has three more angles and a new HD wireless cam they can take anywhere in the park.

Buzzfeed ranked the Chasers 21st on a list of ridiculous minor league logos. The team is poking fun at the whole thing by marking all apparel with their vortex logo 21 percent off through Friday afternoon.

"We will raise the championship banner," said Cordaro. "It will be the first time we raise a Triple-A championship banner and you know, it's just a general excitement. Starting a baseball season is different than all other sports, it's kinda almost spiritual sometimes."

There's only one real championship banner, but there are 1,500 replicas and they will be handed out to the first 1,500 fans coming through the gates on Saturday.

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