GENEVA – The Cougars’ 24th season in Geneva will feature 20 theme night games that combine the usual fan-friendly fare with some new ideas.
The first of two “Star Wars” nights, to be held May 2, kicks off the promotional schedule. “Back to School” night – a nod to the time of year, not the Rodney Dangerfield classic – provides the other bookend on Aug. 22.
The Cougars begin the 2014 season at Quad Cities at 7 p.m. April 3 before facing Fort Wayne in the home opener at 6:30 p.m. April 8.
A pair of popular theme nights will be held on multiple dates: Halfway to Halloween (May 16 and 17) and Bark in the Park (June 4, July 23 and Aug. 13). The second “Star Wars” promotion is Aug. 30.
Other returners include the June 21 “Jimmy Buffett Night” – in which the Cougars give fans a “license to chill” on the summer solstice – and “Super Hero Night” on July 25.
Debut entries first emerge with “Spirit and Cheer Night” on June 7 and continue with “World Cup Soccer Night” (June 19), “Chicago Sports Team Night” (June 26), “NIU Night” (Aug. 14) and “Back to School Night.”
In 2013, the Cougars featured right-hander Tayler Scott, who hailed from the most recent World Cup host nation, South Africa. The 2014 Cup will be held in Brazil.
“NIU Night” will include a pregame performance from Northern Illinois’ marching band and an appearance by the NIU Silverettes dance team.
In addition to these dates, former White Sox organist Nancy Faust will perform before and during each Sunday home game beginning May 4. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform after each Saturday home game beginning May 3.
A full list of promotions is available online at kccougars.com.