The Nationals released their full 2016 promotional schedule on Friday after teasing several items on Twitter over the past three days. The schedule includes more than 20 giveaways and five theme games, including the return of Star Wars Day, which was a huge, weird success last season.
There are six bobbleheads, which will be given to the first 25,000 fans on the following dates:
May 11: Bryce Harper MVP (pictured below)
May 23: Max Scherzer No-Hitter (Piece 1 of 2)
July 3: Racing President
July 19: Dusty Baker
Aug. 26: Max Scherzer No-Hitter (Piece 2 of 2)
Sept. 9: Fan Choice
— Laura Peebles (@ArVaFan55) February 6, 2016
The Racing President bobblehead is presented by the White House Historical Association, which signed a three-year deal with the Nationals last offseason and was responsible for the addition of Calvin Coolidge as a Racing President. Racing Cal was expected to be retired after the 2015 season.
Any player who has not been featured as a bobblehead or gnome in previous seasons will be eligible for the Fan Choice bobblehead. Speaking of gnomes, there is a Nationals Gnome/Elf giveaway on Sept. 27. The first 20,000 fans through the gates on June 27 will receive a figurine of Jayson Werth with his dog, Magnus.
Some of the other giveaways on this year’s schedule include a Racing President window cling (April 26), Nationals music speaker (May 14), Harper Chia Pet (July 5) and Harper kid’s jersey (July 24).
Theme games will once again feature theme-specific entertainment, music and retail and concession items, as well as theme-related giveaways. Unlike last season, fans will not be required to purchase a special theme game ticket to receive the theme game giveaways. The five theme games scheduled for 2016 are:
June 10: ’80s Night
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Nationals fanny pack.
July 2: Rat Pack Night
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Nationals Rat Pack poster.
Aug. 13: Star Wars Day
The giveaway item is TBD.
Sept. 10: Oktoberfest
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Nationals beer stein.
Sept. 30: Election Night
The first 20,000 fans will receive either a Nationals-branded elephant or donkey figurine (10,000 of each available).
In addition to the theme games, the Nationals announced several “Special Ticket Events.” These include the return of the Virginia vs. Virginia Tech College Rivalry Day (June 29), Yoga in the Outfield (May 15) and Ladies’ Night (June 30), as well as a new culinary event called “Taste of the World” on May 28. Special ticket games include a themed giveaway item and, as the name suggests, require the purchase of a special ticket.
Check out the full promotional schedule here.