First social event for dogs is Saturday, April 28

The Fort Myers Miracle will open Hammond Stadium to dogs for five games this season, allowing pooches and their owners to sit side-by-side for the ballgame.

The first “Bark in the Park” event is Saturday, April 28. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the first pitch is 6 p.m. The first 50 dogs through the gates Saturday will receive a special doggy bag filled with treats, and pups of all sizes will be able to cool off at doggy pools located throughout the concourse.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is the presenting sponsor for all “Bark in the Park” events this season, and its staff members will bring along several adoptable dogs and offer information to pet-lovers about the agency’s adoption process.

“We have worked hard to establish a great family-friendly atmosphere at Hammond Stadium, but when one of your family members is stuck at home, it’s never as much fun,” said Chris Peters, president and general manager of the Fort Myers Miracle. “‘Bark in the Park’ is like a three-hour social event for dogs and dog owners, and we’ll have plenty of treats for everyone at the game.”

Dog owners don’t need to fetch a ticket for their pooches. There is no admission charge Saturday for four-legged spectators.

Because all five “Bark in the Park” events this season fall on Giveaway Saturdays, fans will receive some Miracle swag upon entering Hammond Stadium on these dog-friendly dates:

April 28 vs. Daytona Tortugas: Hammond Stadium replica giveaway, presented by Coors Light and iHeart Media

May 19 vs. St. Lucie Mets: Joe Mauer bobblehead giveaway, presented by First Community Bank

June 30 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers: Jose Berrios bobblehead giveaway, presented by Achieva Credit Union

July 21 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers: Torii Hunter bobblehead giveaway, presented by Millennium Physician Group

Aug. 18 vs. Clearwater Threshers: Miracle replica jersey giveaway

For more information about “Bark in the Park” or other Miracle promotions, please call 239-768-4210 or visit MiracleBaseball.com.

About the Miracle

The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Notable Miracle alumni include Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter. Follow the Miracle online at MiracleBaseball.com or through its social media channels: Twitter (@MiracleBaseball), Instagram (fortmyersmiracle), Facebook (Fort Myers Miracle) and Snapchat (ftmyersmiracle). For questions or ticket information, call the Miracle at 239-768-4210.