The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have teamed up with the Illinois 4-H for an eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21st, at Rent One Park, offering fans the opportunity to share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and the event will take place until 3:00 p.m. The eclipse itself will begin around 11:52 a.m. and ending at around 2:47 p.m. Totality, where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, will last from around 1:20 p.m. until approximately 1:22 p.m. Illinois 4-H University of Illinois Extension will host educational programs at the ballpark beginning at 10:00 a.m., offering youth hands-on activities with rockets, drones, robotics, virtual reality, 3-D printing, and environmental science. Families will also be able to enroll their children in 4-H at the site.
Each person who enters the park will receive a pair of safety glasses to be worn during the eclipse, and a telescope will also capture the eclipse and project it onto the video board in right-center field. Concession stands will be open, but in agreement with Illinois 4-H, no alcohol will be served or allowed in the ball park on Monday.
The Miners will also have laser tag in the Fun Zone down the left field line for $5, while the Mini Golf Club at Rent One Park will be open for a cost of $3. The Miners' special eclipse jerseys that the team will wear during the weekend from August 18th-20th will be available for sale in the team store. Presales for these jerseys will start on Friday, August 18th. Gates will close one hour after the duration of the eclipse.
Tickets may be purchased in advance and will also be available the day of the event for $8 per person. You can also add a Perfect Game package to any ticket, including a hot dog, bag of chips and soda, for $15 total, and on top of that, you can also add a ticket to Sunday's game at 5:05 p.m. against the Florence Freedom for an additional $5. All children two years old and under are free but all others must have a ticket. There will be a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase early!
Parking costs will be $5 per car or $10 per bus. The parking lots will be locked on Sunday after the Miners' game against the Freedom. No overnight parking is allowed.
Be ALL IN and take part in this incredible celestial event at Rent One Park!
The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.