The Asheville Tourists kick off 2023 season

The first game is on Thirsty Thursday.


The Asheville Tourists in their Beer City jerseys | Photo by @avltoday

Hey, batter batter. The Asheville Tourists will return to action on “Thirsty Thursday,” April 6 to kick off their 2023 season at McCormick Field. Yes, that means beers and Coke will be $1 each.

The minor league baseball team will face off against back-to-back defending league champions Bowling Green Hot Rods, with ESPN writer and former Tourists intern Ryan McGee tossing the ceremonial first pitch.

Ready for some ball? Here’s what you can expect this season.

Asheville Tourists fireworks

Fireworks happen about twice a month.

Coaching: Nate Shaver, who joined the team in 2021, will return for his third season as manager. Pitching coach Sean Buchanan, hitting coach Bryan Muniz, and development coach Eric Stamets are all new additions this year.

Schedule: The Tourists will play a total of 132 games — 66 at McCormick Field and 66 on the road. The regular season will end on Sunday, Sept. 10. See the full schedule.

Tickets: Individual tickets start at $12. You can also purchase season tickets.

Special promos: Get dollar hot dogs every Friday, buy-one-get-one-free tickets on Tuesdays, and $1 beers on Thursdays. On Family Fun Day Sundays, kids get to run the bases. See the full promo calendar.

Themed games: Special entertainment throughout the season includes fireworks, giveaways, educational events, and special appearances from the Easter Bunny, Marvel’s The Black Panther, and The ZOOperstars. The Tourists will also don historic Asheville Blues jerseys on July 14.

Want to brush up on your baseball knowledge before the first pitch? See the 2022 season recap to learn how last season ended. Or check out our sports guide for more background, including mascots, teams colors, and major accomplishments.

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