Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers for 26 years, play 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.
A number of special events, promotions and giveaways are held at games throughout the season, including fireworks, which are will be held after a number of games. At every Sunday home game, Hens players sign autographs and kids get to run the bases after the game.
In addition, visitors to Fifth Third Field can enjoy a wide variety of food choices that go way beyond the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including new Cajun fries, Caprese salad, turkey club wraps, Reuben Panini, fried portabella mushrooms and deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough.
Pick up t-shirts, caps and all sorts of fan gear at the Swamp Shop, accessible from inside or outside the stadium.
For a complete schedule, tickets or more info, 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 Huntington Center is also home to a number of concerts, shows and special events throughout the year.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and sportsman racing Friday nights April through Sept. 28 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. Events include the sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing, special Kids Nights, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more.
Other highlights include Midwest Monster Truck Show (July 20); the “Rusty Wallace Racing Experience” (Sept. 7); the Silver Anniversary of the Glass City 200 (Sept. 28).
For more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com.
Whether it be betting on live horse racing, enjoying dinner, or watching live musical entertainment, Raceway Park is one of “The Best Bets in Toledo" for a good time.
For 2013, live racing will be held every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 15, with post time at 6 p.m. The track also offers buffets, live simulcasts of races elsewhere – including the Preakness and Kentucky Derby – and hosts summertime concerts and cookouts.
Raceway Park is located at 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. Call 419-476-7751 or visit www.racewayparktoledo.com for more information.
The Fremont Speedway plays host to exciting open-wheel racing every Saturday night April through Oct. 5. Races at “The Track That Action Built” keep fans on the edge of their seats as 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks battle wheel to wheel, sliding around the one-third mile semi-banked clay oval.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Times may vary on special races. Races may be added, cancelled, or changed. Semi-truck parking available.
For more info, a complete schedule or ticket information, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), or visit www.fremontohspeedway.com.
Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Motorsports Park, located at 1300 SR 18 in Norwalk, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013.
Throughout the season, top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines scream down the track at speeds up to 300 mph. Racing is scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and some other dates during the 2013 season, which runs through Oct. 27.
As a convenience for guests, advance ticket sales are available for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (July 4-7), Wanda, Akzo Nobel Blue Suede Cruise (July 19-21) and the Auto Plus Night Under Fire (Aug. 10).
For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.
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.
Bowling for – the fun of it
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:
• 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 Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400.
• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701.