With the purchase of a ticket to the Kane County Cougars game on Wednesday, June 4, baseball fans can enjoy the game with their canine companions for "Bark in the Park" theme night.
The Bark in the Park event allows fans to bring their dogs with them into the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane in Geneva, to watch the game and participate in various activities. Dog owners are encouraged to purchase lawn tickets for $9, said Jenni Brechtel, director of promotions for the Kane County Cougars.
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If you goWhat: Kane County Cougars Bark in the Park theme night
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4; pregame parade begins at 5:50 p.m.
Where: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva
Admission: $9 per person for lawn seats, dogs admitted free with owner
Details: www.kccougars.com or (630) 232-8881
"It's a cool opportunity for you to bring your dog with you to the ballpark," she said.
Bark in the Park theme night is held three times each summer -- one per month in June, July and August. If you can't make it on Wednesday, additional events will take place July 23 and Aug. 13.
In previous years, Brechtel said, anywhere from 300-500 dogs have been in attendance.
Though the game begins at 6:30 p.m., early arrivals can bring their dogs onto the field for a pregame parade, which will begin at 5:50 p.m.
Dogs can also participate in contests between innings. Prizes will be awarded to the biggest, smallest and best dressed dogs. There will also be a trick contest, where dogs with the best tricks can perform them on the field. Contest winners will receive free tickets to another Cougars baseball game.
Additionally, representatives from Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin will be at the game with dogs that are up for adoption. The shelter has participated in the event for the past three years.
"It's a great way for people who enjoy dogs to potentially adopt another dog," Brechtel said.
As in years past, dog owners can find designated areas in the park for dogs to get water and go to the bathroom during the event, Brechtel said. For information, visit kccougars.com or call (630) 232-8811.