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Newman Nights: A fan's guide to summer with the RedHawks

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks mascot Hawkeye helps drag the infield at Newman Outdoor Field during a recent season. The team has its home opener Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field. David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks will open its home season at Newman Outdoor Field Friday night with a 7 p.m. game against Lincoln. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO—Extreme pogo stick artists, a chainsaw juggler and a guy balancing items such as ladders on his chin are among the acts fans can watch at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks games this summer.

XPOGO, Mad Chad and Tyler's Amazing Balancing Act are among the new performers who are set to provide in-game entertainment this summer.

"We were trying to look for something new, something that hasn't been at Newman before," said RedHawks assistant general manager Karl Hoium.

The RedHawks American Association baseball home opener is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Newman Outdoor Field against the Lincoln Saltdogs. The team is in their 23rd season.

Mad Chad, described as the "Evil Knievel of comedy" on his website is scheduled to perform at Newman Outdoor Field on June 7. The extreme juggler and comedian has made more than 100 television appearances.

XPOGO is an extreme pogo entertainment team that is scheduled to be at Newman for a July 31 game. The team has set multiple Guinness World Records and has more than 10,000 live performances in 23 countries.

The Amazing Tyler has performed on the "America's Got Talent" television show and also performed at a Minnesota Timberwolves game in January.

"I have never seen anything like it," Hoium said.

Here's a fan's guide to other notable promotions the RedHawks have planned for the summer:

• Rockets Red Glare: The RedHawks have seven fireworks games planned this summer, including Friday night's home opener. Hoium said fireworks are always a fan favorite. "It kind of marks the beginning of summer," Hoium said. "Fans love the fireworks. We always like to continue those (nights) as much as we can."

• Coste to Coste: The RedHawks jersey giveaway will have a nostalgic feel this season. On July 7, the team will be giving away Chris Coste No. 10 jerseys to the first 1,000 fans. Coste, who is a current coach with the team, played on the team's first league championship team in 1998 (the team was in the Northern League at the time) before he went on the win a World Series title with the Philadelphia Phillies. Hoium described the gray jersey with pinstripes as a throwback on the 20th anniversary of the franchise's first league title team. "It's kind of our retro jersey giveaway," Hoium said.

• The Dude Abides: The RedHawks are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie the "Big Lebowski" on May 29. Hoium said fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the movie. "It's one of those cult classics," Hoium said. "We're going to incorporate as much of the movie as we can into our in-game promotions. We'll try to show some clips (from the movie) throughout the game."

• Wireless at Newman: Hoium said there will be free Wi-Fi access for fans this summer at Newman Outdoor Field. "It's something that we always wanted to supply out here," Hoium said. "It's becoming the norm in other sports venues around the country. It adds a convenience, another element to the fan experience. There have always been fans who have asked about it. It's a nice addition to the ballpark experience."

The team is also giving away smartphone popsockets to the first 1,000 fans on June 9. On June 17, there is grill spatula giveaway promotion for the first 1,000 fans on Father's Day. The RedHawks will have their Breast Cancer Awareness Night on July 17. The team will wear pink jerseys that will be auctioned off for breast cancer research.

If you go

What: Lincoln at RedHawks

When: 7:02 p.m. Friday

Where: Newman Outdoor Field

Radio: 740-AM, 107.3-FM

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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