It's the ultimate minor-league baseball promotion.
With the total solar eclipse over Lincoln coinciding with a home game, the Lincoln Saltdogs elected to open Haymarket Park for fans from all around the world.
The team has sold more than 4,000 tickets for Monday's noon game against Gary SouthShore, with people traveling from New York and even the United Kingdom, according to Saltdogs President and General Manager Charlie Meyer.
“We've got schools coming from North Bend and all areas around,” Meyer added. “It's going to be a diverse crowd come Monday.”
The eclipse, which reaches totality in Lincoln at just after 1 p.m., is a big part of the day's festivities.
At 10 a.m., a science fair with activity stations led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will get everyone prepared before gates to the stadium open at 11 a.m.
The game will begin at noon, with plans for an approximate 15- to 30-minute delay when the eclipse nears totality.
“It's minor-league baseball, so you try and do fun things,” Meyer said. “It's going to be a little bit of a challenge for the teams, because you're going to have a pitcher start the game and pitch only two or three innings and have to shut the game down. ... It will be interesting.”
Tickets include a Blackout Bundle: a hot dog, chips and soda. The first 3,500 fans get special eclipse glasses.
The Saltdogs will be sporting eclipse-themed jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.