Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, plays home games through early September at Fifth Third Field at 406 Washington St. in Toledo’s Warehouse District. Future major leaguers are among those on the team’s roster, and occasionally fans can see current major leaguers stars like Magglio Ordonez who are sent to Toledo for injury rehab or to better hone their skills.
A number of special events and promotions are held throughout the season, including fireworks displays held mostly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Every Sunday home game, two Mud Hens players will sign autographs and kids can run the bases after the game.
Fifth Third Field also offers visitors a lot more food choices besides the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including Philly steak sandwiches, gyros, chicken, fried bologna and more. For more info or tickets, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com
The Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, will open their 2011-12 season on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. against the expansion Chicago Express at the 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.
The Walleye will play 72 games that run into April 2012, with most of their home games (31 of 36) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There will also be home games on the day before and after Thanksgiving, and games Dec. 27 and 30 during the week after Christmas.
The Cincinnati Cyclones, their closest intrastate rival, will play eight games versus the Walleye. Kalamazoo, their closest rally geographically at 127 miles, and the expansion Chicago team will play Toledo six times each.
For more info or tickets, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com, where you can also find a full season schedule.
The 2011 harness racing season runs through Sept. 18 at Raceway Park, located at 5700 Telegraph Road just south of Alexis Road near I-75 in Toledo.
Penn National Gaming, Inc. which purchased Raceway Park in 2005, offers fans the chance to watch from the enclosed grandstand with restaurant or from trackside with post times at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Dollar Days are held each Sunday with $1 prices for admission, programs, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and soda until closing. On Saturdays, the track offers offer Party in the Park concerts. The track also hosts live simulcasts of races elsewhere. For more info, call 419- 476-7751 or visit www.racewayparktoledo.com.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and sportsman racing on Friday nights through October. Located at 5639 Benore Rd. off the I-75/Alexis Road exit in Toledo, the speedway features a half-mile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle.
Front gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Special events during the season include the 23rd running of the Glass City 200 on Oct. 1; Kid’s Night on July 20 with free admission and free hot dog, chips and drink to youths up to age 14; and a special 10th anniversary memorial on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Fans can get a chance to win a family pack of free tickets to 10 Friday night races through a special promotion at nine Toledo-area Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations. For more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com
The Fremont Speedway, located at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds at Rawson and North Front Street in Fremont, will celebrate its 60th anniversary season with a slimmed-down schedule that features exciting open-wheel racing by 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks most Saturday nights continuing into September. Gates will open every Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m.
The 2011 season at the one-third-mile, semi-banked clay oval will include several special events, including the $10,000 to win World of Outlaw Sprint Cars competition on Oct. 15 (Oct. 16 rain date) – the first time they have competed at Fremont since 1992. There will also be a special weekend double-header on Sept. 16-17 -- Ford Classic weekend -- and the 12th annual 305 sprint invitationals on Sept. 4 will feature the wheel-hiking late models’ last visit of the year. For more info, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), or visit www.fremontohspeedway.com
Summit Motorsports Park
Top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines scream down the track from zero to 300 mph at Summit Motorsports Park, located at 1300 State Rt. 18 in Norwalk. Racing is held on Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays, Wednesdays and other dates through the end of October. The season’s special events will include Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 23-26, the Blue Suede Cruise celebrates its 10th anniversary July 22-24, the Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals 20th anniversary run Aug. 5-7, 34th annual NAPA Night Under Fire Aug. 13 and the Summit Drags V on Sept. 23-24. For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com
Bowl you over
Recreational or skilled bowlers looking to live life in the fast lane have several centers to choose from in the Maumee Bay area. Many of them offer glow bowling (luminescent balls rolled down lanes near darkness) as well as bumper rails for kids and newbie bowlers who need help to get rolling. Local lanes include:
• Bay Center Recreation, 3316 Navarre Ave. (SR 2), Oregon. 419-691-3593
• Eastern Freeway Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551
• Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. 419-693-0687
• Tri County Bowling Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400
• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701
The Eastern YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, offers a wide range of activities through a variety of facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, an expansive double gymnasium, steam room and sauna, fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, three racquetball-handball courts, indoor running/walking track, youth and adult locker rooms, a KidZone nursery, and a sand volleyball court. Meeting rooms and non-athletic educational activities are also offered. For more info, call 419-691-3523, or visit www.ymcatoledo.org.
No matter the weather outside you can always enjoy roller skating indoors year-round at Fun Spot Arena in Oregon. Founded in 1960, the family-owned rink at 525 Earlwood Ave. off I-280 at the Starr Avenue exit offers in-line skating on an old-fashioned roller skating rink. Available for parties. For more info, call 419-693-1421.