Rockland Boulders baseball, Pomona concerts in play for 2013
Play ball! Provident Bank Park in Pomona reopens this spring and summer for another season of Rockland Boulders baseball and concert events.
Under the watch of new manager Jamie Keefe, the Boulders will play 50 home games in their quest to quiet the Quebec Capitales, who have won the CanAm League four years in a row. But while minor-league baseball has been the primary draw since the 3,500-seat stadium opened in 2011, concerts and family-friendly events have been added to the roster in more recent years.
Like most stadiums built in the 21st century, the ballpark boasts modern amenities, including party suites ($750-$900) and cheap seats (starting at $8) alike. There's a concession stand with more than just your ballpark classic hot dogs and pretzels -- think fruit cups, flavored popcorn and wraps). Children can pal around with the team mascot, Boulder Bird; celebrate birthdays with his buddy, Patti Cake; ride the "B-Train" that circles the concourse; and run wild through BoulderBerg, an outdoor playground complete with slides, swings, climbing walls and a jungle gym.
But there's more than just baseball. The Town of Ramapo, which sponsors the venue's summer concert series, is finalizing this year's musical lineup at the ballpark. Last year, that series kicked off with Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat, and featured additional performances by Five For Fighting, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Smash Mouth and REO Speedwagon. Although the dates and details are subject to change, Darius Rucker (July 12), The Beach Boys (Aug. 14) and Charlie Daniels Band with .38 Special (Aug. 28) are expected to take the Provident Bank Park stage this summer.
Tack on fireworks nights, Boulder Bash dance parties and chances for children to run the bases after select games, and there's never been more to do at Provident Bank Ballpark.
Ready to go? Here's a look at some of the most exciting events that will happen this season.
June 28: John Flaherty Bobblehead/'80s Night
In honor of the former New York Yankees catcher who's a county resident and a partner in the Rockland Boulders franchise, ballpark staffers will hand out a John Flaherty bobblehead to the first 1,250 fans to attend this Boulders game against the Capitales. It's also '80s Night, so fans are encouraged to dress the part and participate in contests that some might describe as "totally rad."
Info: 7 p.m., Friday, June 28; cost: $8-$16
June 29: Sci-Fi Night
Fans are encouraged to dress in science-fiction costumes for the Boulders' game against Quebec, and to stick around for fireworks after the game.
Info: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29; cost: $9-$17
July 4: Independence Day Event
To honor America's birthday, there will be a hot dog eating contest and, of course, fireworks after the game against the Jackals.
Info: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4; cost: $9-$17
July 12: Darius Rucker concert
In addition to being known as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker has had a successful career as a country artist.
Info: Friday, July 12; time and ticket prices to be announced
July 27: Irish Heritage Night
For this game against the Bears, the stadium hosts its third-annual Irish Heritage Night, which asks fans to wear green clothes, offers traditional Irish music and dance, and holds two postgame events: a fireworks display and U2Nation's concert at the stadium's Bridge Bar.
Info: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27; cost: $9-$17
Aug. 10: Girl Scout Sleepover
After the Boulders take on the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, fans can check out the fireworks, and local Girl Scouts troops can stay even longer for the venue's annual sleepover on the field. For more information about the overnight event, call 845-364-0009.
Info: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10; cost: $9-$17
Aug. 14: Beach Boys concert
A year after celebrating their 50th anniversary at the Westchester County Center and other tour stops around the country, The Beach Boys will head to Pomona to play their hits, which just might include "California Girls," "Surfin' USA," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around" and "Help Me Rhonda." Beatles cover band Liverpool is slated to open the show.
Info: Wednesday, Aug. 14; time and ticket prices to be announced
Aug. 28: Charlie Daniels Band and .38 Special concert
Charlie Daniels Band ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia") and .38 Special ("Hold On Loosely") will bring some of their southern rock to southern New York State when they share the bill at Provident Bank Park.
Info: Wednesday, Aug. 28; time and ticket prices to be announced
Sept. 2: Fan Appreciation Day
In a Monday matinee against the Bears, the final game of the regular season gives the fans one last chance to cheer for the team, a Boulders team photo, and a chance to cash in on up to four 25-cent hot dogs while supplies last.
Info: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10; cost: $8-$16
IF YOU GO
What: The Rockland Boulders at Provident Bank Park
Info: 1 Provident Bank Park Dr., Pomona; 845-364-0009; www.rocklandboulders.com; tickets are $8-$16 for single tickets, $9-$17 for games with fireworks; group tickets and season tickets available online; parking is $5.