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Esurance Welcome North Open House Set for Tuesday, April 4

The Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, will host their annual Welcome North Open House, presented by Esurance, event on Tuesday, April 4 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Fans will have a chance to see the 2017 Thunder’s first practice of the year when the gates to ARM & HAMMER Park open at 3:00pm. Following practice, fans will have the opportunity to meet the team and seek autographs for approximately one hour. Concession stands will be open throughout the event and will serve $1 hot dogs and free sodas. The Family Fun Zone will also be open during the event, free of charge, and all fans can enjoy tours of ARM & HAMMER Park.

This is a rain or shine event that will conclude for the general public at 6:30pm.

“We’re excited to have our fans back at ARM & HAMMER Park to meet the 2017 Thunder players and coaches,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. “This season will be filled with family-friendly entertainment, great giveaways and we can’t wait for April 13 to arrive.”

The Thunder received the Esurance Homefield Advantage award for their outstanding support from their local community in 2016. As a key component of the strategic, multi-year partnerships between Minor League Baseball and Esurance, in 2016 the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award was introduced to honor the communities who best support their hometown MiLB clubs. Only one Minor League Baseball team in each of the 14 leagues receives the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award based on the highest percentage capacity of the ballpark during the 2016 season. Esurance, along with the Thunder, encourage all fans to come out to ARM & HAMMER Park on Tuesday, April 4 to join in celebrating this award!

The first 250 fans to enter at ARM & HAMMER Park will receive an Esurance Foam Finger.

Members of the Thunder’s 90% Club, a group of season ticket holders who attended at least 90% of the team’s games last year, will have a special reception in the Yankee Club and Conference Center from 5:00pm until 7:30pm. The reception will feature a buffet dinner and an approximately 45 minute exclusive “meet and greet” with Thunder team members.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017: 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM for 90% Club
WHO: Open to Media, Sponsors, Season Ticket Holders and General Public

Gates Open For Fans: 3:00 PM
Stadium Tours: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Team Practice Ends: 5:15 PM
Player Autograph Session: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Players visit 90% Club in Yankee Club (Private): 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Ballpark Closes: 7:30 PM

Times are approximate and may change

The 2017 season, the 24th in franchise history, will begin at ARM & HAMMER Park on April 13 when the Thunder host the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox) at 7:00 p.m. For more information on the Thunder and to purchase tickets, visit or call 609-394-3300.


The Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, play in the 12 team Eastern League.  The Thunder have drawn over 9.1 million fans to ARM & HAMMER Park over 23 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the “Nation’s Best Franchise” (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America).  The team has given back over $6.0 million worth of goods, services and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at,, and on

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