• MEDIA ADVISORY: 2019 Loons Opening Week

    March 29, 2019
    Contact: Matt DeVries
    MEDIA ADVISORY: 2019 Loons Opening Week
    First team workouts of season on April 1-2 open to the public
    Note: Congratulations from the Great Lakes Loons to the Saginaw Spirit on sweeping the Sarnia Sting in the first round of the OHL Playoffs! It’s their first appearance in the semifinals since 2012 and will be back in action at home on Friday, April 5.
    The following information is subject to change. Contact Assistant General Manager – Marketing & Communication Matt DeVries with questions at 989-837-6171 (call), 616-648-8106 (text) or mdevries@loons.com. Confirming plans prior to date is preferred.
    Sunday, March 31

    • Team arrives from Camelback Ranch – Glendale, Ariz.
    Monday, April 1
    • Team arrives at Dow Diamond at approximately 11 a.m.
    • Players and coaching staff available for interviews with media from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Season credentials and media guides will be issued to media upon arrival.
      • Media interviews will be conducted outside the home clubhouse or on the warning track in front of dugout.
    • Team workout scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Open to the public. Media access to warning track & camera wells only.
    Tuesday, April 2
    • Team arrives at Dow Diamond at approximately 12 p.m.
    • Players and coaching staff available for interviews with media upon request.
    • Team workout scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Open to the public. Media access to warning track & camera wells only.
    • Loons Season Preview Show on ESPN 100.9-FM with Brad Tunney & Blake Froling from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 3
    • No media availability
    Thursday/Friday, April 4-5
    • Loons @ Lake County Captains – Eastlake, Ohio
    • Games begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage both days on ESPN 100.9-FM and Loons.com begins at 6 p.m. ET.
    Saturday, April 6
    • “Opening Day”
      • Gates open at 2 p.m.
      • Team autographs throughout the stadium from 2-3 p.m.
      • Player and coaching staff media availability prior to the game is not guaranteed.
      • First pitch at approximately 4:05 p.m.
    Pleased find a list of the Loons Media Guidelines below. These are to be adhered to throughout the 2019 season. A full list can be found in the Loons 2019 Media Guide and on Loons.com.
    Season Credentials will be issued only to legitimate news-gathering organizations, as determined by the communications staff that plan to cover the team on a regular basis. Credentials are non-transferable.
    Daily Credentials will be issued to legitimate news-gathering organizations that will cover the team on a limited basis. To obtain credentials, your initial request must be made via email to Matt DeVries (mdevries@loons.com). The deadline to submit your credential request is 24 hours prior to game time. Only credentials issued by the Great Lakes Loons, Los Angeles Dodgers, Midwest League, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (Minor League Baseball), Major League Baseball or the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) will be honored.
    Press Will Call: Daily credentials may be picked up at the ticket office located next to the Loon Loft team store. The Will Call window opens two hours prior to game time. Credentials can be picked up prior to two hours before game time at the team offices located next to the ticket office.
    Field Access: Only credentialed media with field access will be allowed on the field. All media must clear the field one hour prior to the start of the game unless special permission has been granted.
    Pregame Availability: Members of the media are welcome to attend batting practice and interact with coaches and players during this time, so long as it does not interfere with the players or coaches’ workout schedule. Media members are at their own risk of injury when on the field. The Loons are not responsible for any injuries that may occur while on the field. Media members must stay in foul territory while on the field and may not go beyond first or third base. When possible, please try to stay on the warning track and off the grass. All non-uniformed personnel need to clear the field approximately one hour before game time. Loons’ players and coaches will also be made available during the visiting team’s batting practice.
    Press Box: The press box is located on the suite level behind home plate. Because of limited media space, special seating preference will be given to media outlets who reserve a media seat prior to the game via email to Matt DeVries. The press box is available to working media only. No spouses, guests or children of members of the media will be allowed in the press box without prior consent. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the press box.
    Photographers: Still & video photographers are permitted in the dugout camera wells, adjacent to each dugout. Photographers may not enter the playing field or the dugouts at any time during the game. They also may shoot from other locations throughout the ballpark, but must not interfere with ballpark patrons.
    Clubhouse: The Great Lakes Loons’ clubhouse is closed to the media. Media members needing a specific interview while players are in the clubhouse should contact Matt DeVries or another member of the Loons communications staff. After the game, players and coaches will be made available upon request. The trainer’s room is closed to the media at all times. Players and coaches will not be made available during rain delays or between games of a doubleheader.
    Postgame Highlights: Following every Loons home game, highlights from the MiLB.TV broadcast are available for both in-market, and out-of-market TV stations. Highlights can be accessed at ftp.loons.com. (U: mediaftp, P: ftp4media)
    No Autographs: Credentialed members of the media are strictly prohibited from autograph seeking under any circumstances.
    Media Relations
    Matt DeVries – (989) 837-6171 – mdevries@loons.com
    Brad Tunney – (989) 837-6149 – btunney@espn1009.com
    Blake Froling – (989) 837-6126 – bfroling@espn1009.com
    Ashley VanOchten – (989) 837-2255 – comm@loons.com
    Video Production
    Trent Elliott – (989) 837-6135 – telliott@loons.com
    Team Photographer
    Alex Seder – (989) 837-6160 – aseder@loons.com
    The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team’s inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team’s home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.

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