The Tucson Padres will open their 2012 season at Kino Stadium on Thursday, April 5 vs. the Fresno Grizzlies. The Padres will play 72 home games, up from 68 home games in 2011.

Additional highlights include a fireworks show on Tuesday, July 3, to get fans in the Fourth of July spirit and 13 Budweiser Thirsty Thursday games with the best drink specials in town.

"Our schedule for next year is much better than 2011," said Mike Feder, Tucson Padres' vice president and general manager. "We have more weekend dates than weekday dates. We also requested to be home July 3 instead of July 4, giving us the opportunity to have multiple fireworks shows leading up to Independence Day."

The Tucson Padres will also have three day games next season, after having all night games in 2011. The first three Sunday games of the 2012 season will have afternoon start times.

2012 Home Games by Day of the Week: Sunday (10), Monday (9), Tuesday (10), Wednesday (9), Thursday (13), Friday (11), Saturday (10).

2012 Home Games by Opponent: Colorado Springs (8, Rockies affiliate) Fresno (8, Giants affiliate) Iowa (4, Cubs affiliate) Las Vegas (8, Blue Jays affiliate) Memphis (4, Cardinals affiliate) Nashville (4, Brewers affiliate) Omaha (4, Royals affiliate) Reno (8, Diamondbacks affiliate) Sacramento (8, A's affiliate) Salt Lake (8, Angels affiliate) Tacoma (8, Mariners affiliate)

2012 Season Ticket and Weekend Packages Available Now

Full Season Package (72 games): Box Seat $500 ($805 Value)

Early Bird Special $400

Premier Seats $650 ($1,080 Value)

Early Bird Special $500

Weekend Package (22 games, including July 3rd): Box Seats $180 ($295 Value)

Early Bird Special $150

Season Ticket Package Includes:

Same Seat for all games with Personalized Seat Plate

Exclusive Season Ticket Holder Key Chain

Discount on Merchandise from the Padres Team Shop

Opportunity to Exchange Unused Season Tickets for General Admission Vouchers

More incentives to be determined

*Early Bird Special requires $100 non-refundable deposit per seat, paid by Sept. 30

The Tucson Padres will have additional promotional announcements in the coming months about games next season.

The Tucson Padres front office is open throughout the fall and winter months and can be reached at (520) 434-1367.


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