Piedmont Boll Weevils coming back for a night
KANNAPOLIS — It’s time to party like it’s 1999, and for the Kannapolis Intimidators, that means giving fans an “unbollweevible” night as the team dons throwback uniforms and takes the field as the Piedmont Boll Weevils. On Saturday, July 13, the Intimidators are hosting Turn Back the Clock Night, taking fans back to 1999 with a Salute to the Piedmont Boll Weevils, the franchise’s former moniker. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.
The Intimidators are rolling back concessions to 1999 prices, and fans who wear Boll Weevils gear to the ballpark can purchase reserved-level tickets for the 1999 price of $5. During the game, the team will also host a silent auction for fans to bid on the game-worn Boll Weevils throwback uniforms, which will be autographed by players following the game. Fans will also be able to purchase Boll Weevils shirts and hats inside the Weevil Warehouse souvenir store (Intimidation Station). The game will also feature popular songs from 1999 played all night long.
“We’re very proud of our team’s history,” said Intimidators General Manager Randy Long, who began working for the Piedmont Boll Weevils as a seasonal staffer in 1997. “We’ve already received an incredibly positive response from our fans regarding this promotion. Many of them remember seeing Jimmy Rollins, Ricky Williams and a host of other former greats play in Kannapolis as Boll Weevils, and we are excited to connect newer fans to our past.”
Before the Kannapolis Intimidators — Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox — began using the “Intimidators” moniker for the 2001 season, the team was known as the Piedmont Boll Weevils from 1996-2000 and served as the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the South Atlantic League. The team originally relocated from Spartanburg, S.C., to Kannapolis as the Piedmont Phillies for the 1995 season before adopting the Boll Weevils nickname in 1996.
The team begins a seven-game home stand Thursday against the Greenville Drive and will host fireworks Saturday and July 3 to celebrate the Independence Holiday. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks on Saturday are presented by the Cabarrus County EDC. The July 3 post-game fireworks are presented by the city of Kannapolis.
The Kannapolis Intimidators play at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, located off Interstate 85 at exit 63. For tickets or more information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or visit www.IntimidatorsBaseball.com