Last summer, we discovered our local minor league baseball team, the Iowa Cubs, offers a Knothole Gang promotion for kids. It turns out, it’s a very affordable way to take in a few baseball games with the family. The specifics of the Knothole Gang promotion vary from one team to the next, but your kids will get some great perks and you’ll save money by joining.
Who Can Join?
The Knothole Gang is a special program designed for kids. Each team sets its own age limits on the program, but most go up to kids aged 12 to 15. Check with your local minor league team to see what the upper age limit is for their version of the promotion.
How Does It Work?
You will need to fill out an application to join the Knothole Gang for each of your kids. It is a simple form with your basic information on it. The specifics of how it works vary slightly by organization. Many teams have you pay a set fee upfront. For the Iowa Cubs, the fee is $9 per child. Other teams charge more. Still other teams allow you to register for free. You then pay a discounted rate for tickets to special Knothole Gang games.
What Do You Get?
The perks of joining the Knothole Gang also vary from team to team. The primary perk is cheaper admission to certain games designated as Knothole Gang games. The team chooses certain home games as the special dates for members to get in. Because we pay upfront, our kids get into the Knothole Gang games for free. If your local team gives you the option of buying discounted tickets, you’ll need to pay the fee for each game you choose to attend. The free entrance is usually for general admission seating. Any adults who go along will need to buy tickets.
You will likely also get some other fun perks to go along with the cheap admission to the games. For example, every Knothole Gang member at the I-Cubs gets a free t-shirt and a membership card. Keep track of the membership card, as that is what gets your child free admission at the designated games. Members also get a free drink and a popsicle at each of the Knothole Gang games. The I-Cubs also offer other special events for members only, such as a clinic with players, an autograph session at one game and the opportunity to do a batting practice before one game.
Because the perks vary so much, it’s best to check with your local team. You can find the information on the minor league baseball team’s website. You can also head down to the box office to find out what perks your child will get by joining the Knothole Gang.