West Michigan Whitecaps opening day image
Photo courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

Baseball comes back to West Michigan with the West Michigan Whitecaps Opening Day Thursday, April 9 at Fifth Third Ballpark against the Dayton Dragons.

The first 1,000 fans into the park will receive mittens compliments of Fifth Third Bank. If you miss the mittens, make sure you stick around for the first Family Fare Fireworks show of the season post-game.

West Michigan Whitecaps 2015 Opening Day Giveaway image
Photo courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

"We are excited about the season and the new additions fans will see this season at Fifth Third Ballpark," Jason Brower, fan engagement and social media coordinator for the West Michigan Whitecaps, said. "The Budweiser Bowtie Deck is our new hospitality deck located behind the right field lawn area, on top of the brand-new administration building. Another edition will be the Craft Clubhouse presented by Founders Brewing Co. featuring local craft beers."

Rendering of the new Budweiser Bowtie Deck
Rendering of Budweiser Bowtie Deck Photo courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

On top of these new features, many fan favorite promotions will return for 2015. Tiger Fridays will be back with another great lineup that kicks off on June 5 with former Whitecap and Detroit Tiger Robert Fick. Cosmic Candy presents the 10th annual Star Wars Night Saturday, July 11 and for the princesses at heart, Princess Day is back on Sunday, July 26.

And what would a trip to the ballpark be without food! A full list of new food items will be announced later this month including the winner of this years Fan Food Vote Contest.

So get your tickets and get there early for a pair of cozy mittens. But lets hope they aren't needed until November.