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Chiefs Partner with PBS to Bring TV Characters to Sunday Games

By Nathan Baliva / Peoria Chiefs

PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Chiefs have partnered with the local PBS affiliate WTVP to provide appearances of popular TV show characters at eight Sunday games for the 2017 season. The characters will be available for photos on the concourse during the games each Sunday.

     The first of these appearances will be on May 21 as the Chiefs welcome Nature Cat to the ballpark for a 2:00 pm game against Beloit. The next game will be on June 11 as Arthur makes an appearance for the 2:00 pm game against Clinton. The first half of the season finishes on Father's Day June 18 and the Chiefs welcome Curious George to Dozer Park for a 2:00 pm game against the Burlington Bees.

     The first Sunday home game in the second half is July 16 and the Chiefs welcome Daniel Tiger for the 2:00 pm game against Fort Wayne. July ends with a 6:30 pm game on the 30 against Wisconsin and Buddy from Dinosaur Train will be at the game to watch post-game Fireworks.

     Three August Sunday games are all 2:00 pm starts with PBS appearances. Clifford the Big Red Dog will attend the August 13 game against Burlington. Ready, Jet, GO! will be at Dozer Park for the August 20 game against Clinton. The August 27 game, the final Sunday regular season home game will feature Sid the Science Kid as the Chiefs face Kane County.

     "WTVP is committed to Educational Outreach right here in Peoria," said Julie Sanders, Director of Marketing and Content at WTVP. "That is why it is such a pleasure to partner with the Peoria Chiefs to bring your favorite PBS characters to life at the local games. For the 14th consecutive year, a nationwide study recently confirmed that PBS stations like WTVP are rated #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions. Parents rank PBS KIDS as the #1 educational media brand for children, significantly outscoring cable and commercial broadcast television networks. So head out to the ballgame and be on the lookout at for special guest appearances from Curious George, Arthur, Nature Cat and many more thanks to WTVP!"

     All Sunday home games for 2017 are PNC Kids Sunday's where kids 12 and under can get a ticket for $5.00. Kids 12 and under also get a free hot dog, chips and soda. Chiefs players will sign autographs pre-game on the field for kids 12 and under. Post-game kids can run the bases and fans can play catch on the field with the exception of the July 30 fireworks night.


Tickets and Promotions:

     Season ticket packages, including full-season, a 35-game ticket package, an 18-game ticket package, a Flex Plan or Pick-Six Plan are currently on sale by calling 309-680-4000. Individual game tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 am.

      Remaining promotions, giveaways and theme nights will be announced in the next two weeks. All game times and promotions are subject to change throughout the offseason. Fans can keep up with all Chiefs news during the offseason online at and on twitter: @PeoriaChiefs