by TREY WILSON
Hitting the mid-point of March means two things: Altoona Curve baseball will be returning to PNG Field very soon, and everyone is about to come down with a case of March Madness. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament begins on Tuesday, and we want to join in on the fun!
Do you think you can beat Steffan? Well you’ll have the chance to prove it. We are hosting a March Madness bracket pool, and it’s free to enter!
All participants that finish ahead of Steffan in the final standings will win a pair of tickets to the Curve’s home opener on Thursday, April 16 at PNG Field.
Sign up for the Curve Bracket Challenge by clicking here or visiting this link: http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2015/en/group?groupID=649547. (You’ll need to create an ESPN.com account to join the group.)
Fill out your bracket by Thursday, March 19 to be eligible. (For the rookies: You’ll have to wait until after the tournament field is set and announced on Sunday, March 15).
BUT … That’s not all there is to play for.
If you can crack the top three in the final standings, you’ll receive one of these great prizes from the Altoona Curve:
First place: Doesn’t get much suite-er
A LUXURY SUITE for a Curve game at PNG Field!
Includes twenty (20) tickets and three VIP parking passes.
Food not included.
Second place: Meet a football legend and a rising NFL star!
Two (2) VIP tickets to two of the Curve celebrity appearances this season, including the appearance by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant on Friday, April 17 AND the appearance by Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett on Thusday, July 30. The VIP tickets Includes access to the VIP autograph & photo sessions with our special guests on each night as well as a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet for each night and two tickets to that evening’s Curve game.
Third place: Bobble baby, bobble baby, bobble baby, bobble (yeah)
Two (2) Toyota Diamond Club tickets to each of these FIVE following Curve bobblehead giveaway games:
May 15: Starling Marte “Marte Partay” bobblehead
May 29: Tony Watson “Elementary” bobblehead
June 19: Josh Harrison Garden Gnome
August 27: Steamer dashboard bobblehead
August 28: Jordy Mercer “Lloyd Christmas” bobblehead
Important dates to remember:
Sunday, March 15: Selection Sunday
The tournament field will be set, and you can start filling out your bracket on Sunday night.
Tuesday, March 17: “First Four” begins
The games that we used to call the “play-in” games, now referred to as the First Round, will be played in Dayton. These games do not count in the bracket challenge.
Thursday, March 19: Madness begins. The “Round of 64” starts.
YOUR BRACKET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 19!
Good luck to everyone!