Kent State Night at the Cleveland Indians Is May 7
Cleveland Indians and Kent State’s sports administration program host event
By Kate Schwanke
Members of the Kent State University community will get the chance to show off their Kent State pride and Cleveland Indians spirit at the game on May 7 versus the Kansas City Royals. The special event night is in conjunction with Kent State’s Sales Management in Sport and Entertainment class, which is competing with four other neighboring universities to sell tickets.
The game will begin at 4:10 p.m. with Kent State Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon throwing out the first pitch. The preorder ticket deadline is Thursday, April 28, and tickets are $24 for the lower box on the first base line.
Kent State Night will kick off at Flannery’s Pub at noon with food, beverages and raffles until the gates open at 2:10 p.m. when attendees are invited to meet up on E. 9th Street Social Square inside the stadium for a picnic and a chance to network with friends and alumni.
The first 1,000 Kent State Night ticketed fans to enter the E. 9th Street Social Square will receive a New Era “Block C” hat with the Kent State logo. There also will be more free raffles and drawings, as well as photo opportunities with Cleveland Indians’ mascot Slider and Kent State’s mascot Flash.
Mark Lyberger, coordinator of Kent State’s sport administration program and associate professor in the School of Foundation, Leadership and Administration, and Cleveland Indians’ staff, including Ashley Madison and Jeff Stocker, put the project together to give students experience in the sports sales industry. For this year’s event, these efforts have been arranged in conjunction with first-year Kent State professor Brian Yim who facilitates the class.
James Tunney, marketing graduate assistant for Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, says the Sales Management in Sport and Entertainment class is competing with Tiffin University, Gannon University, Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Findlay.
“The class is divided up into seven groups, and each is charged with selling as many tickets to a specific Indians game, which we are calling Kent State Night,” Tunney says.
The winning groups and universities can receive prizes, including invitations to hear Cleveland Indians’ senior management at a roundtable event and the opportunity to interview for a sales management position with the team.
The project also includes a marketing design element, where groups had to submit a flier design to be judged by the Cleveland Indians’ marketing team.
“The end goal of the project is to teach students the basics of sales in the sport industry and give them a practical way to utilize the skills that they acquire,” Tunney says.
To purchase tickets, visit tinyurl.com/kentnight16 and use the special code “Kent” before April 28 to reserve your spot.
For questions about the game, contact Cleveland Fan Services at 216-420-4487.