Chiefs Kick Off Season with Cards

By: Jess Miller

Baseball season has started, and the weather is finally beginning to cooperate!  The Peoria Chiefs’ 2013 campaign is underway. What better way to spend an evening with the family than watching some great baseball in the River City!


During the off season, we all know that the Peoria Chiefs’ affiliation changed from the Chicago Cubs back the St. Louis Cardinals. The Chiefs were previously affiliated with the Cardinals from 1996-2004. Was that a good move? Nathan Baliva, Director of Media and Baseball Operations, says they “have seen a positive impact from the fans.” The biggest impact? The rise is season ticket holders.  Baliva explains, “The Cards being back brings great, young players to our team and they get to start the process [by playing for the Peoria Chiefs] to making their way onto the Cards team.”

Not only should the fans be looking forward to watching the team play, but Baliva says that the Peoria Chiefs have some awesome promotions planned for this season. “When we have a winning team on the field it’s more fun,” says Baliva. “More fans and more people in the stands.”

Never been to a Chiefs game before? They have tons of different and exciting activities for all ages! “We are about family entertainment,” states Baliva. “This is a place where you can bring the kids. Younger kids get to meet Homer, the mascot, or get their face painted.” Baliva continues, “Older kids can run the bases, play catch on the field and get autographs from the players. Plus, there is a baseball game going on! We have all sorts of entertainment!”

With the onset of beautiful weather in Peoria, IL, what better way to spend some quality family time and be outdoors! The Peoria Chiefs offer both and are right here in the River Citypalm trees


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