From part owners in 2022, to majority owners in 2023, husband and wife team Justin and Ara Knepp is leaving their imprint on the Dubois County Bombers in Year One.
The Dubois County Bombers, a summer league baseball team which competes in the Ohio Valley League, is looking to provide the full Minor League experience, says Team Owner Justin Knepp.
"We're really looking to give it more of a minor league feel and we've got a really clear roadmap on how to do that," Justin said.
Among the changes implemented this season:
New to 2023, the Dubois County Bombers Kids Club. A night at the ballpark is an experience for kids, too, and now they'll have their own section, Justin says.
"Private seating in the stadium complete with velvet ropes with a sign that says 'no adults allowed'," Justin said. "The kids are a part of the team, and I want them to feel that way... The littlest fans are often the biggest."
In addition to VIP seating, members of the Kids Club will receive a drawstring bag, a gift certificate to Sweet Spot Candy Bar, and a spot in the pregame high-five tunnel.
A newly-established 501C, Bombers Booster will directly aid the Bombers' experience with the team and enhance their amenities.
"All the money raised with the Bombers Boosters is going back to our players in some way," Justin says.
Money raised through the program will assist in player meals, player hardship assistance, group outings and admission for underprivileged kids to Bombers skills camps.
Sweet Spot Candy Bar
The place to go for your sugar fix. The old-time themed candy cart will offer treats that include: lollypops, baseball themed candy, mini-bats filled with candy and more.
Peaches Wine Bar
Home of the Famous Peach Wine Slushy. A neon sign will attract adult patrons to a tasty experience of their own. The newly-minted Peaches Wine Bar will offer expanded and colorful beverage options. On the list: wine slushies, frozen margaritas, sangrias, and even a champagne cocktail created by Tom Hanks.
"It shines, while still retaining that same vintage feel that makes League Stadium so charming," Justin says.
New in 2023 are Major League Baseball quality seats in the season-ticket section, four inches wider than the previous seats. The City of Huntingburg has also repainted the inside of the stadium.
The stadium shop has doubled in size. Outside of new apparel options and designs donning the new Dubois County Bombers logo, for the first time sewn and embroidered authentic team jerseys will be available.
Spectators may not see "Bobblehead Night" on the schedule, but they may get engaged or tossed by an umpire. Promotions like "Get Ejected by an Umpire Night", or "Get Engaged at the Ballpark Night", grace the list of wacky promotions. Those interested in winning a New Old Car, or set a Guinness World Record should check the schedule for their chance.
Owner Justin Knepp says promotional nights are a part of the fun in the Minor League experience.
"We're all in on these crazy, fun, and funny promo nights," Justin said.
Of course, the on-field action is still an important component of the experience. The Bombers, once again, anticipate competing for the OVL Crown. Local standouts Drew Howard (Forest Park H.S, Ferdinand, IN, University of Evansville) and Ethan Bell (Southridge H.S., Huntingburg, IN, University of Evansville) headline a list of six Bombers returning from the 2022 OVL Runners-Up team.
The full roster: 2023 Roster - DC Bombers
Additional information about the Dubois County Bombers and their upcoming season can be found online at www.dcbombers.com. Each home Bombers game is broadcast on WITZ 104.7 FM and streamed free online at www.witzamfm.com.
The full conversation with Dubois County Bombers Owner Justin Knepp and team schedule can be found below: