he Kane County Cougars market themselves as diversified family entertainment, not simply the Class-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. As such, fans often emerge from Northwestern Medicine Field with memories of both an outfielder’s sprawling catch and the hijinks of mascots Ozzie T. and Annie Cougar.
If they’re lucky, fans’ experiences might also include a keepsake or giveaway, the latter of which are abundant this month at the ballpark, located at 34W002 Cherry Lane in Geneva.
“Once it feels like summer, I think especially in the Midwest, you naturally associate it with baseball,” Cougars promotions director Amy Bromann says. “July, that’s really when the weather tends to start being beautiful all the time and we’re a little less worried about rain. … People are really trying to find ways to enjoy the summer as a family and have an affordable outing somewhere.”
The club’s regular season concludes Sept. 4. Tickets start at $9. Call 630-232-8811 for more information. For a glance at some of the Cougars’ prominent summer promotions, visit www.kccougars.com.
Here are a few promotional events to look forward to this month:
Christmas in July Night
6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14
Cougars vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods
The Cougars resuscitated a time-honored minor league theme night that also features a postgame fireworks show set to holiday music.
A new wrinkle has Bromann and Co. feeling especially festive. The first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead commemorating Cousin Eddie’s iconic bathrobe and trooper hat ensemble from the 1989 film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
To paraphrase Randy Quaid’s character, the Cougars envision the bobblehead as the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.
Fans should expect various Christmas-related games between innings, too.
“‘Christmas Vacation’ took place here in the Chicagoland area and, I mean, it’s a beloved movie,” Bromann says. “We’ve done Christmas in July here at the stadium before, but it’s been a couple years since we’ve done it. And it’s one we thought we’d bring back, because it’s a lot of fun.”
Wayne’s World Night
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27
Cougars vs. Beloit Snappers
Honoring another well-known film comedy struck Cougars brass as a no-brainer during the annual planning meetings last year. “Wayne’s World,” the story of rockin’ Aurora teenagers Wayne and Garth, turns 25 this year, just slightly older than the “Saturday Night Live” skit that inspired the film and its sequel.
“It’s a movie I love,” Bromann says. “I think a lot of us kind of grew up in the area and really appreciated ‘Wayne’s World’ as just a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch and a movie back in the day. So, it’s fun to celebrate that, and it’s a local thing for us, so it’s very exciting.”
A “pretty cool and unique” themed bobblehead awaits the first 1,500 fans, Bromann says, as well as postgame fireworks. The evening event also happens to fall on Thirsty Thursday, when hot dogs, soda and select beer cost just $1.
First Responders Night
6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29
Cougars vs. Quad Cities River Bandits
The Cougars are set to honor law enforcement workers on First Responders Night, giving special recognition to first responders from St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva and Aurora.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to really integrate ourselves with the community a little bit more and thank the people who make our community safe and a great place to live,” Bromann says. “We need them here at the Cougars and, of course, the people who come to our games need them, as well.”
The night begins with a pregame concert from Beatles tribute band American English, one of several events the Cougars offer in its music garden each season.