ASHEVILLE, NC-- With the 2016 season hitting the home stretch, the Asheville Tourists have officially released their schedule for 2017. Asheville will host 70 regular season games, 32 in the first half of the season and 38 in the second half.
Asheville opens the 2017 season on the road against the Hagerstown Suns and the West Virginia Power. Following the seven-game road stint, the Tourists will open the gates of McCormick Field for the first time in 2017 on April 13 for a Thirsty Thursday matchup against the Greenville Drive. This is one of 11 Thirsty Thursday games scheduled at McCormick Field throughout the season.
The marquee matchup comes on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 when the Asheville Tourists play host to the Charleston RiverDogs. Fans will be able to watch the Tourists at McCormick Field on Independence Day and enjoy a Fireworks Extravaganza. Furthermore, Asheville is scheduled to host 11 Friday night and 11 Saturday night contests throughout 2017 campaign.
Eleven of the thirteen teams in the South Atlantic League will play at least one series at McCormick Field in 2017. The only teams not making a regular season visit to the Blue Ridge are the Columbia Fireflies and the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Tourists will travel to all but two South Atlantic League cities for at least one road series. Not in the Tourists travel plans are trips to Lakewood and Delmarva.
The Tourists face off against their South Atlantic League rivals, the Drive, 22 times. Asheville also has 22 matchups scheduled with Rome. Rounding out the top four most seen opponents in 2017 are Augusta (17 games) and Lexington (16 games). The team Asheville will face the most from the Northern division is the Greensboro Grasshoppers (12 games). Of the Tourists 140 games, 93 will come against Southern division opponents.
To view the 2017 Tourists schedule you can click here. Game times and the 2017 promotional schedule will be released at a later date.
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