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NSU renews Norfolk schools partnership for Tides game April 4

NORFOLK, Va. – For the third time in its history, Norfolk State University’s annual baseball exhibition game against the Norfolk Tides on April 4 will also serve as Norfolk Public Schools Day at Harbor Park.

Admission for all city of Norfolk elementary school students is just $2. A special $5 concession voucher can also be purchased in advance for children who would like to eat at the game. The voucher covers a hot dog, soda and chips.

The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30. Parking for the game is $5.

The NSU baseball program will handle all advance ticket orders with each school’s administration and will deliver tickets and meal vouchers to the schools for distribution prior to the game. Members of the NSU baseball team and staff will also visit elementary schools in Norfolk during the month of March to promote the game. The visits will consist of coaches and/or players reading and speaking to designated classes to advocate academic success, teamwork, physical fitness and participation in youth athletics.

Schools interested in purchasing tickets and meal vouchers should contact NSU director of player development Ryan Chipka at (419) 779-8128 or by email at, or contact the NSU Athletics Department at (757) 823-8152.

Tickets for the game are now on sale. They can be purchased at NSU home baseball games in March or by visiting the NSU athletics office in Echols Hall or the NSU ticket center during normal business hours. General admission tickets for adults and children are $7. Groups with 20 or more will be admitted for $5 per member. The group rate is only available through advance sales, not on the day of the game.

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the game at the Tides box office.

This year marks the seventh time in eight years that the Spartans will play the Tides, the Triple A minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The previous six contests between NSU and the Tides drew 44,289 fans to Harbor Park, an average of 7,381 per game.

Jim Squires, CEO of Norfolk Southern, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


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