Naturals Gear Up for Home Opener


America’s favorite past-time is back! The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will host the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday for the minor league team’s home opener. 

Justin Cole, CEO and General Manager of the Naturals, says fans can expect to see some of the old favorites like team mascot Strike and the ballpark train but this season the park will also host Firework Fridays and a number of theme nights. One of the most notable is Star Wars Night which will take place on May 4. 

The concession stands will also feature a few new menu items like pie-flavored milkshakes and a new burger option. 

Radio announcer Benjamin Kelly says the team has 20 players returning from last season, which could give the Naturals a leg up this year. 

Cole says the entire club is ready for the 2018-2019 season to begin. 

“It’s everybody’s kind of first game, our staff, our fans, our season ticket holders, they’re all excited to be here, the team is excited to get out there and play for the first time in a real game this year,” Cole said. 

The first pitch will be thrown at Arvest Ballpark at 6:25 p.m. Thursday night. 

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