FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — While the Fort Wayne TinCaps may have lost their season, the team hasn’t lost their desire to be engaging with fans.
“Our fans still want to be engaged with the TinCaps, and of course we want to stay engaged with our fans,” said John Nolan, TinCaps broadcaster and media relations manager. “Typically this time of year we are used to Parkview Field rocking with 8,000 or so fans strong.”
The TinCaps reached out to the local business, 18 Threads, to create merchandise to commemorate the season that never was.
“We said yeah, we will jump at the opportunity,” said Chad Bushee, 18 Threads owner. “The store just launched it, and we are already getting some activity and people seem to like it.”
TinCaps 2020 t-shirts are available to purchase at tincaps.com as a way to support the organization during a year with no games.
Fans can select from several options of shirts, including celebrating an “undefeated” season, “swiping left” on the year like it was in a dating app and leaving a “customer review” for 2020.
Nolan said the TinCaps were very successful in partnering with 18 Threads just a few months ago, raising $10,000 for frontline workers with Parkview selling T-shirts.
“It's doing these types of things, and partnering with people like the TinCaps,” Bushee said. “We have done some fundraisers for small businesses in town that have been affected by this, helping in any way we can.”
Nolan said not only is the way for the team to be engaging with fans, but a way to support the unsung heroes working at Parkview Field.
“Through T-shirt sales, and through our meal kits program, it's not some kind of money grab for the organization,” Nolan said. “It’s critical in allowing some of our workers who have been furloughed to have an opportunity to come back and work more regular hours.”
Another way fans can support the TinCaps at this time is by purchasing a gift card that can be used not only on merchandise but also on future tickets and concessions.
“Even though in a regular year a TinCaps season is only about 6 months long, we are committed to serving our fans and the community year-round, in a pandemic or not,” Nolan said. “We still want to bring fans something of a Parkview Field and TinCaps experience.”