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Address

Akron Racers
Firestone Stadium
1575 Firestone Parkway
Akron, Ohio 44301

Advanced Ticket Sales
Season tickets, group tickets, or single game tickets can be ordered by calling 330-376-8188.

Alcoholic Beverage Policy
Persons 21 and older will need to show valid proof of ID in order to obtain alcoholic beverages at Racers games or any other events at Firestone Stadium.
No alcohol will be served when the participants on the field are under age.

Animals
Firestone Stadium welcomes service animals utilized by guests with disabilities. NO pets are allowed in the Stadium and/or on the Firestone Stadium property which includes the Pony Field
and adjacent areas.

Autographs
Autographs are available 10 minutes after every home game by both teams.

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Banners/Signs
No obscene or inappropriate banners or signs will be permitted at Firestone Stadium.

Birthday Packages

Celebrate your birthday in style with the Racers! Birthday packages with the Akron Racers are a great way to celebrate a birthday!
The Akron Racers will take care of the whole party and a Racers player will even stop by to personally hang out with your party and
wish the birthday girl or boy a special Happy Birthday!

Call the Akron Racers at 330-376-8188 to book your Birthday today!


Box Office Hours
The Akron Racers front office at Firestone Stadium is open M-F 9 am to 4 pm from September-March. From April-August, the Racers box office is typically open 9 am - 5 pm.

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Cameras
Cameras with lenses longer than six inches will not be permitted inside the park for any events.

Carry-in Items
No outside food or drink is allowed in Firestone Stadium.  All iPads, laptops, cellular phones or other personal devices are permitted as long as they do not disturb fans seated around you.

Cell Phones
The use of cellular phones is permitted at Firestone Stadium, provided such use does not interfere with other guests enjoyment of the ball game. Please be courteous and refrain from making loud and lengthy calls in the seating areas.

Comments/Suggestions
The Akron Racers welcome comments and suggestions that may improve the overall fan experience. Learning from the people that matter most -- the fans, is always appreciated. Please email all comments/suggestions to info@akronracers.us.

Community Outreach and Partnerships
The Akron Racers understand the importance of giving back to the community. We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of programs to organizations across the Northeast Ohio area. We are thrilled to have such wonderful partnerships within the community as well. Through our community partnerships, we offer organizations the opportunity to participate at our games through awareness campaigns. We are happy to provide space and a table in our concourse, pre-game as well as in-game announcements and mid inning presentations to promote your organization. For more information about community partnerships please contact Stacy Corp at stacycorp@akronracers.us.

Concession Stands
There are three concession stands located on the main concourse level and are open for every Racers home game. The food and beverage rights are owned and operated by the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium

Contact Us
Phone: 330-376-8188
Email: info@akronracers.us
Mail: 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, Ohio 44301

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Driving Directions
From Cleveland - Take Interstate 77 S toward Akron. Merge onto I-76 E and take exit 22A toward Main Street/Downtown. Merge onto W South Street, turn right onto S Main Street. Next, turn right onto W Firestone Blvd and take a left on Firestone Parkway. Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway.

From Canton - Take I-77 N/US-62 E toward Akron. Exit at 123B Wilbeth Road. Turn left on Wilbeth and take that to Firestone Parkway. Stadium will be on your right at 1575 Firestone Parkway.

From Columbus - Take I-71 N toward Cleveland and merge onto I-76 E/US-224 E toward Akron. Take exit 2 for Waterloo Rd. Turn left on Waterloo Rd. Take 1st left onto Manchester Rd and then a right on Wilbeth Rd. Turn left onto Firestone Parkway and the stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway.

From Pittsburgh - Take I-76 W toward Akron-Canton and keep right at the fork to follow signs for I-76W. Exit at 23A onto I-77 S toward Canton. Exit 123B at Wilbeth Road and turn right. Make a right onto Firestone Parkway and the stadium will be on your right.

For additional driving directions, Google Maps 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301

Dugout Location
The Racers are located in the first base dugout. The visiting teams are located in the third base dugout. Fans are not permitted on the dugouts.

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Employment Opportunities

The Racers are always looking for talented interns seeking to break into the sports business. Resumes can be submitted to stacycorp@akronracers.us.


Event Seating Policy
Each fan is required to sit in their assigned seat. Ticketed seat exchanges can be made in advance of the scheduled game(s) (based upon availability).

Exchanges
The Akron Racers will perform no value exchanges on tickets for the 2012 season. For merchandise please call 330-376-8188.

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Fans
Akron's fastpitch fans have been loyal, knowledgeable and supportive of the professional game since 1999. Their commitment has enabled the Racers to continue as the oldest existing professional franchise in the NPF.

Family Restroom
The family restroom is located on the main concourse adjacent to the entrance to the stadium off the surface parking lot.

Fan Interference
Fan interference is prohibited at all National Pro Fastpitch events. Any fan acting obscene, running onto the field or interfering with players, staff or fans will be removed from the ballpark.

First Aid
For assistance with First Aid, please see any Racers staff member or uniformed security. You may seek assistance at the Fans-First booth, located at the entrance to the stadium nearest the main concession stand.

Foul Balls
On occasion, foul balls do enter into the stands. Fans are advised to always pay attention to the game so as to not get struck by a foul ball or any other object coming from the field of play. If a fan does catch a foul ball, they can keep it as a free souvenir.

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Gates Open
Gates open one hours before the start of the game. Early entry is available through one of our exciting group ticket experiences.

Gift Shops
The Racers merchandise garage is located down the left field line at Firestone Stadium. Merchandise can also be purchased online by clicking the "Shop" tab at www.akronracers.org.

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Hotels
Special discounted rates are available to teams and fans through the Racers partnership with local hotels. Please contact Kathy Hale at 330.376.8188 for details.

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Internships
Internships are available in the spring and summer. Checkout the employment section on this website for details or call 330.376.8188.

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Joey
The co-owner and General Manager of the Racers is Joey Arrietta. Feel free to call her at 330.376.8188 with your suggestions or submit your comments by clicking the "Contact Us" tab on the navigation bar.


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Kids Activities
On Sundays, kids can run the bases at Firestone Stadium. There are also special days dedicated to kids during the seasons. Contact an Akron Racers ticket representative at 330.376.8188 for more information.

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Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located at the Fans-First booth outside the front gates of Firestone Stadium. To inquire about an item outside of game time, contact the Racers at 330.376.8188.

Lost Children
Lost children should be taken to the Fans-First booth on the main concourse. Please notify a Racers staff member to report a missing or found child to assist with locating a family member. Public address announcements will be utilized to assist with safely returning a child to their family ASAP.

Lost/Stolen Tickets
The Akron Racers are not responsible or liable for lost or stolen tickets. Reprinted tickets are available for a small fee.

Lessons
The members of the Racers team conduct hourly private lessons through the summer while in town. Call 330.376.8188 or submit your request by clicking the Clinic hot button on the Racers home page.

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Mascot
Wheelie (a Cheetah) is the official mascot of the Akron Racers. He’s present at every home game and various other events. To book Wheelie for an event of your own, contact the Racers at 330.376.8188 or submit your request online by clicking on the In the "Community" tab under the Team section on this site.

Mascot Mania!
Mascot Mania is an annual tradition each summer. Wheelie invites all of his friends, including Zippy, and the various team and business mascots from all over town. It is one of the highlights of the summer for kids of all ages.

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National Anthem
The Akron Racers are always searching for volunteers to perform the National Anthem at our home games! Performers are subject to review by our marketing and promotions department. Requests are accepted online via our In the "Community" tab located in the Team section; by Fax at 330.376.8348; or by Mail at Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH or call us at 330.376.8188. If you have audio samples of your singing ability, please send a CD or a link to the sample performances for our review.

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Opportunity
The opportunity to conduct and play this game at this level is indeed a priviledge and an honor. Thank you for allowing us to continue playing this great game.

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Parking
Parking passes are included in all season ticket packages.

Player Appearances
Racers’ players are available for appearances and private clinics. To book a player(s) please contact the Racers front office at 330.376.8188 or by email at alexabunce@akronracers.us

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Quickness
Quickness is a hallmark of the fastpitch game. Typically, a seven-inning game only lasts two hours.

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Rain Cancellations
The NPF tries their hardest to always play the games, whether it’s delayed or moved to another day due to weather. In the event of a rain out, the game will be rescheduled for another day. Only if a rescheduling of the same event is not possible, the Racers will refund the face value of tickets.

Rain Delays
Occasionally Mother Nature steps in causes a rain delay during NPF games. In the event of lightning or a rain delay, fans are encouraged to head under the stands to the concourse area to avoid rain and weather. After what is usually a short delay, play will resume.

Re-entry Policy
Once entering the gates and have your ticket scanned, there is no re-entry into the ballpark.

Resale/Scalping
Resale and scalping of tickets on the grounds of Firestone Stadium is prohibited. This includes any areas associated with Firestone Stadium such as parking lots, front gate, sidewalks and grand stands.

Retired Numbers
The Akron Racers have been privileged with very talented players throughout the years. At this time, only three have earned the retirement of their numbers. Carla Brookbank-Schaal (4), Amy Kyler (24) and Crystl Bustos (6). The number 43 is also retired in honor of Duke Justice, who served as a groundskeeper at Firestone Stadium for 43 years.

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Safety Policy
While Ohio laws allow personal firearms, no firearms are permitted in Firestone Stadium under any circumstances.

Scheduling
The NPF schedule is released every winter around February. To view an updated schedule, visit www.akronracers.org and click on the schedule tab.

Scoreboard Messages
Scoreboard messages and advertisements are available for purchase. Contact Stacy Corp at stacycorp@akronracers.us for inquiries about scoreboard messages.

Search Procedures
The Akron Racers and Firestone Stadium officials reserve the right to search any bags or persons entering the ballpark.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited inside Firestone Stadium. However, smokers may head to the front gate area for a place to smoke and dispose of their cigarettes.

Souvenirs
Souvenirs are located at the Racers merchandise garage in left field.

Strollers
Strollers are permitted in Firestone Stadium. Please be advised that there is limited aisle space in the seated areas directly behind home plate and under the roof.

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Tryouts
The Racers generally hold tryouts each year around Memorial Day. Participants must be female, at  least 21 years of age and must bring their own equipment. Equipment to bring includes: mitt, cleats/turfs, helmet, sliding pad, batting gloves, and bat. For more information on tryouts check www.akronracers.org.

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You
You, our fans, are the guests of the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium. We take great pride in treating our guests to the best entertainment we can provide. If there is anything we can do to make your visit to Firestone Stadium more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to contact a Stadium representative.

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Video Recorders
Video recorders are permitted inside Firestone Stadium as long as they are not an obstruction to other fans. Recorders should be smaller and hand-held.

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Water Fountains
Water fountains are located near the restrooms of Firestone Stadium down the right field line and underneath the main concourse.

Wheelie
The Racers mascot is actually a cheetah, the fastest animal!
 

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Xtra-ordinary athletes
We are proud of the X-traordinary athletic ability of the players in the NPF. We are confident you will too!

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Zippy
The the award-winning mascot at The University of Akron, the alma mater of former Racers Traci McCoy, Jana Jenkins, Kelli Metzger and GM Joey Arrietta is Zippy, a kangaroo. A baby kangaroo is called a "Joey!"