Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, plays home games from April through 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 sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills.
The 2011 home opener is a doubleheader April 14 against the Columbus Clippers. A number of special events and promotions are held throughout the season, including fireworks displays after 31 games beginning in May and mostly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Every Sunday home game, two Mud Hens players will sign autographs and kids 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, play from October until early April at the 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Walleye posted a 35-30-7 record and made the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural 2009-2010 season, and were battling to get back to the playoffs this season. For more info or tickets, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and sportsman racing on Friday nights from April 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. The CRA/JEGS All-Star Tour presented by GM Performance Parts, featuring 100 laps, plus USA Modifieds will get things going on April 23. But the season opener will be held May 6 with sportsman, figure-8s, street stocks and 4-cylinders. 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; free admission May 13 to scouts in uniform; Kid’s Nights on May 20 and July 20 with free admission and free hot dog, chips and drink to youths up to age 14; school bus figure-8 with related destruction May 27 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 beginning April 16 and continuing until September. Gates will open every Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m. The 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 special weekend double-headers on May 28-29 Memorial Day weekend and Sept. 16-17 Ford Classic weekend, and the 12th annual 305 sprint invitationals on Sept. 4 that 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 scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays, Wednesdays and other dates in 2011 from the first official event April 23 through the end of October. The season will be headlined by the fifth anniversary of the Blaster Cavalcade of Stars May 13-15, 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
Life in the fast lane
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.
Roll on in
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.