Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens are the Triple A minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and have been for 26 years. Future major leaguers are among those on the team’s roster, and occasionally fans can see current major leaguers sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills.
Toledo plays home games from April through early September at Fifth Third Field at 406 Washington St. in the city’s Warehouse District. Tickets are $9 each – compare that to Major League prices – for the field level and $12 each for the upper deck. Outfield picnic seats are also available and the stadium boasts luxury suites as well.
A number of special events and promotions are held throughout the season, including fireworks displays planned after 25 weekend and holiday games this year. Every Sunday home game, two Mud Hens players will sign autographs and kids run the bases for free after the game.
Hungry? Fifth Third Field offers visitors a wide variety of food choices that goes way beyond the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including Philly steak sandwiches, gyros, chicken, fried bologna and more. For 2012, stadium concessions include new treats including a Mexican hot dog topped with nacho cheese sauce, chili, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream on a hot dog bun; pulled, slow-smoked chicken sandwich with “We Be Ribs” barbecue sauce served on a Kaiser bun and more.
For more info or tickets, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com
The Toledo Walleye will play their 2012-2013 ECHL hockey home opener on Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.
An ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, the Walleye play from October until March at the 8,000-seat arena.
Although the Walleye have struggled somewhat since making the playoffs in their first season in 2009-2010, they remain one of the league’s biggest attractions. The team has been near the top of the 20-team league in attendance and attracted 225,060 fans in the 2011-12 season. In total, the Walleye have attracted 665,946 fans – including 30 sellouts – in their first three seasons at the Huntington Center.
For tickets or more info, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
Late-model stock car, factory stocks, winged sprints, 4-cylinders and sportsman cars streak around the ARCA/Toledo Speedway 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. ARCA-sanctioned races are held Friday nights through Sept. 29 this year..
Special events during the season include the annual running of the Glass City 200, special Kids’ Nights with free hot dogs, chips and drinks, smashing school bus figure-8 races, Monster Trucks and more.
For more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com.
The Fremont Speedway, known as “the Track that Action Built,” is celebrating its 61st season with racing by 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks most Saturday nights from April through September.
The one-third mile, clay oval race track is located at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds at Rawson and North Front Street in Fremont.
Competing nearly every Saturday will be the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks. The schedule is highlighted by six appearances of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, including three $10,000-to-win events.
Fremont Speedway is teaming with Wayne County Speedway for a special Summer Sizzler weekend Aug. 10-11. On Friday, Aug. 10, Wayne County will host the first leg of the inaugural event with a $2,500-to-win affair. Then on Saturday, Aug. 11, Fremont will host the Auto Value Group Night 305 verses 360 sprint race with the 410 sprints competing for the $2,500-to-win purse. If the same team wins at Wayne County and at Fremont that weekend, there is a $2,000 bonus.
The Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series has 10 events at Fremont Speedway as well as at Attica Raceway Park with a separate point fund from that of both tracks worth $10,0000 to the champion
The 13th Annual 305 Sprint Invitational – one of the largest purses in the nation for that division – will feature 305 sprints and a special ladies Powder Puff Dirt Truck event. Kids will have bicycle races based on age classes
For more info about events and tickets, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track) or visit www.fremontohspeedway.com.
Summit Motorsports Park
From zero to 300 mph in seconds.
That’s what the top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines can do at Summit Motorsports Park, located at 1300 SR 18 in Norwalk. Racing is scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and some other dates in 2012.
If you enjoy being close to the action, Summit is the place to be. Every ticket gets visitors access into the pit areas to visit the racers and watch them work on their vehicles. Photos are welcome and you may be able to get an autograph or two.
For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.
Let the good times roll
“Bowling for Columbine?” Then you want a video store.
Bowling for the fun of it? Then you have several bowling centers to choose from in the Maumee Bay area, most offering glow bowling, as well as bumper rails to help keep kids and newbies out of the gutters.
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
Fitness and fun
The Eastern YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, offers members a wide range of activities through its wide 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.