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Subject: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Debbie
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Date Posted: 00:21:11 08/31/02 Sat

Instead of everyone focusing on what went wrong in 2002, how about the message board readers post in this thread the things that they "liked" at the park this year?

Those with the Cheetahs Organization (Including Chuck) check these boards from time to time, and if they know what fans want to see next year, they can see what people liked the most, and if you have any suggestions on what you'd LIKE to see that hasn't been offered, or ideas on how to make something better, feel free to post it here too.


Disclaimer: I do not work with the Cheetahs Organization and have no say if any suggestions posted on this board will be utilized. Just thought it would be something fun to keep the boards going in the "Off-Season"

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[> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Linda
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Date Posted: 06:41:09 09/01/02 Sun

This is a good idea, let me think, I was at quite a few games this year and what I liked was:

The kids were able to run the bases after each and every game. Some stadiums don't let anyone near let alone on the field.

The fact that if I wanted to listen to a game I could listen to them online but only if they were playing at home, maybe both home and away games broadcast on sportsjuice.?

The inbetween innings stuff with the kids was great, but how do the kids get picked to do that? My kids were never asked and I'd say we were at about 20 or so games.

The fireworks every Saturday were a favorite.

The 5PM Sunday games were nice, but 1PM games I didn't care for, its too hard to get home from church and get the kids lunch and ready to head to the games on time.

Speaking of Sundays, what about a different day for family days and autographs, especially if Sunday games will be at 1PM next year, its just too hectic and we probably won't make any 1PM games at all on Sundays.

I wasn't particularly fond of the clowns, and my kids are scared of clowns, so those didn't go over too well.

The Launch a Ball was good, but how about unique prizes instead of things that can be bought at the suvenir stand.

I'd also suggest more giveaways to fans who come to the games, there was none on the days we went, and the previous year I know we hit about 5 or 6 giveaway days.

Thats my suggestions for now, if I think of more, I will post them.

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


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Chuck
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Date Posted: 13:22:25 09/01/02 Sun

Linda,

Thank you for the helpful input, please feel free to post more. As far as the Sunday game times, that's something on which we need fan input, and yours helps in making decisions for the 2003 schedule. We'll also look at which game time brought higher attendance, and other factors.

I like the idea of having unique prizes for Launch-A-Ball too.

Thanks again!

Chuck

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Debbie
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Date Posted: 16:33:23 09/01/02 Sun

I have to say that I agree with Linda on the Sunday games. I prefer the 5PM or 6PM Start times on the weekends instead of the 1PM starts. Also Weekday 1PM games are hard for those who can't take off work, but I know they are good for summer camps and village recreation centers, and we try and work around those game times, although sometimes run a little late.

Here's a few of my ideas, for what they're worth:

Maybe in 2003 have a person similar to "Mr. Trash" in Rockford who will come around the aisles around the 8th inning or so with a large garbage bag for people to put
their trash in. It would make cleanup after the games for your staff a little quicker.

Suggestions for T-Shirts: I know there are sleeveless polo type shirts for women with the Cheetahs Logo, but what about the guys? Maybe a mens or unisex tank top with the Cheetah Logo for next year?

Season Ticket Holders: For 2003 possibly special giveaways and drawings just for season ticket holders. Or maybe a drawing for season ticket holders to have a chance to travel to one away game with the team? The pre season picnic with the players is great, and maybe a mid-season or end of season one as well.


There were lots of good things at the park this year, the on-field staff was great and all the staff was friendly and easy to talk to, we had a few problems with Buona Beef throughout the year, but I don't think we were the only ones. Mitch's food and staff were great as always. Customer Service always had a smile and was ready to help out. But I'd have to say my favorite thing are the fireworks nights.

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Chuck
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Date Posted: 20:28:42 09/01/02 Sun

Deb,

Thanks for the suggestions. I think the groundswell for the 5 p.m. Sunday games is growing, though other factors enter into the decision making - the other team's travel needs, things like that.

We did have great success with the two Wednesday day games for summer camp kids, so we can get some day games in that way, we may expand on that. The first one drew 1900 people, that's a hard number to ignore for a Wednesday.

As far as souvenirs, I'll take any suggestions on what people might like. One of the challenges we had this year was that we were sitting on SO MUCH inventory from previous years that we had to get rid of that before we start it over for next year - hence some of the clearance sales that you saw during the year.

I saw Rockford's Mr. Trash, and I like that too - other people do it too, it's a neat thing. Is Bill interested in doing it? :-)

For season ticket holders, we're already working on a few things. Deb, you already know we've reduced full season ticket prices for next year, all holders will get a letter about it this coming week. One thing that someone suggested that we will put in place next year is a giveaway guarantee - if you're a full or half season ticket holder, we'll put aside your giveaway so you will be sure to get it, even if you don't come to the game that day. There are other things we'd like to see that I have to do some research on before we can announce, but those two things are already in place for next season.

As far as trips to other cities, let's work on that, it's a good idea, it just takes time to develop.

Those season ticket holders who are not so happy about some things that happened or didn't happen this year, all we can ask is that you stick with us for 2003, give us a full off-season and let us show you what we can do.

One other thing I would ask is that if someone has a complaint, please.. call me at the office. 708-489-2255. An anonymous message board post is ok, it lets me know what you think, but I'd much rather solve these problems face to face. Also, if someone has a compliment, please use the same number. Those are always appreicated.

Chuck

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Author:
Chuck
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Date Posted: 21:42:54 09/01/02 Sun

Added to the earlier message:

One thing to add.. there's a pretty fair shot that the Frontier League is going to add games - the current thinking is 90, up from 84 - for next year. Season ticket holders who renew by September 30 would get the extra games free in their 2003 season ticket package.

I know I had mentioned it to Deb earlier, didn't want the rest of you left out of the loop on that.

Chuck

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[> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 15:21:35 09/03/02 Tue

What I liked:
- Good food, good prices. OK service.
- Not a bad seat in the park.
- The improved quality of on the field product. Folks, this cannot be minimized. As much as I love baseball and the extras around the park, I am not going to patronize a lousy team. You gotta crawl before you walk and this organization made great strides in getting better talent, and the results reflected that.
- Dizzy bat race. Get rid of dizzy bats, I'm gone!
- Your Honor O'Connor. That guy can be a gas when given free rein. (Well, almost free rein.)
- Ticket promotions with the libraries and schools. Makes it easy for all of us to go to at least two or three games a year. What we saved on admission we spent on food!
- More games in 2003! I always felt that May 25-30 was too late to start a season. The weather usually breaks around mid May and that's when the teams should start play.

I have to add this: I'm not going to gripe about what went wrong this season. Chuck knows perfectly well what that entails and he seems gung ho to correct that. My kids and I would love to see bingo return though. And improve the giveaways, the Quizno's thing in August was disappointing to say the least. I'm not asking for uniforms or bags of food or cash to be used for promotion. How about a Food Item Day? One game would feature a free hot dog, another a free pop. A free bag of peanuts. How about Fan of the Game, a drawing of a particular seat location whereby a decent prize like a concession stand "meal" or a shirt are given out, and the fan is recognized on the dugout?
Chuck, if you use my ideas do I get a hot dog? ;-)

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Redbirdgrad
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Date Posted: 18:35:35 09/03/02 Tue

Chuck,

I had 8 season tickets year 1, 10 season tickets year 2, there was no incentive to being a season ticket holder so year 3 we gave them up, figured if we wanted to go to the game we could and have good seats. I was never contacted as to what was up or why was I not renewing. Also, the talent and effort by management wasn't 100%. I gave a list to G.M. Clark of all kinds of ideas and none every came about. This year I attended zero games. I think you did a much better job with the talent I believe it's an uphill battle with the owner. I wish you all the luck but I still believe the big job is providing incentives for season tickets holders and pressing the flesh in the off season to push those sales.

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[> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Dawn
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Date Posted: 19:37:44 09/04/02 Wed

How about a sweetheart of the game as was done with Lucky Chucky and Jake the Diamond Dog two years ago? and the Sweetheart would get the bouquet of flowers and be the sweetheart of the game.

What about a ladies night, where ladies get in either 1/2 price or free? Or free drinks for the ladies for one game.

The Kane County Cougars have bobble heads of a few of their players. How about that instead of Chucky Bobbleheads? If Pichi is back, maybe a Pichi Balet bobble head? He did break the Frontier league batting record.

Cheetah temporary Tattoos for the kids

2003 team baseball cards, instead of selling the 2001 team cards during the 2002 season.

thanks for reading

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Bob
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Date Posted: 13:07:34 09/05/02 Thu

What about they pick a fan at every home game to be the GM or Manager of the team??? Im sure a fan could do a better job than those monkeys this year...... :)

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Author:
Stanley M
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Date Posted: 20:52:29 09/05/02 Thu

Gimme a Break

Id like to see anyone try to handle a game day and see if they survive by the end of the night. I doubt most people would. Theres so much more that nobody sees than just showing up at the ballpark every day. If you think you can do it, why not apply for a job at the ballpark next year, and lets see what you are made of.

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Author:
Chuck
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Date Posted: 19:09:28 09/06/02 Fri

Guys and gals,

Thanks for the good ideas, I'll keep all these (even Bob's) in front of me as we start to plan 2003.

I'm in Arizona right now, taking care of some family business, but I'll answer some of these posts next week when I've got a bit more time.

Thanks again, and keep the good ideas coming!

Chuck

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Author:
Davey
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Date Posted: 07:07:14 09/17/02 Tue

I think Chuck forgot about us.

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Chuck
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Date Posted: 00:16:19 09/20/02 Fri

Thank you all for your patience, I finally have a few minutes to breathe and respond to some of your suggestions.

A lot of these - sweetheart of the game, fan of the game - are things that are easily implemented and we'll work on getting those sponsored over the winter so we can give away some cool stuff to go with it.

I like the Ladies Night idea - we're going to have a half price night too, whether it's Mondays or Tuesdays.

Deb, you asked about tank tops - are you sure you want to see Bill in a tank top? We're trying to get people IN to the park. Plus, the glare might distract the pitchers. :-) Good idea, though, I'll shop for some over the winter.

OakLawnGuy - thank you for not piling on, and I like the food item day too, though that is something we'll have to coordinate through Buona. Pat Rusthoven came up with a good idea to tie some of that together, so we'll work on that over the winter too.

Linda asked about home and away games on SportsJuice - that's a tough one, but something we'll work on. We'd love to have all the games on radio and Internet, so we'll attack that over the winter. I have to admit, though, that it's kind of low on the priority list - we have a lot of in-park sponsorships to sell before we get to that. It is on the radar, though.

She also asked about getting kids into the games. Over the winter, we are going to revamp our on-field games to get more kids on the field. As far as getting them in the games on game day, the best thing to do is come to customer service early and get them on the list. Teams used to pick ticket stubs or random numbers, but what they found was that the people picked either didn't want to do the game or wouldn't show when it was time. You'll see in most places that they don't do that anymore. So, what we did this year with Sarah, getting kids signed up early, is pretty standard. If anyone has a better way to do that, I'd love to hear it.

I like the idea of a Pichi bobblehead night, but we have to see if Pichi is back next year - he, along with a couple of other players, is drawing a fair amount of interest from higher-level teams. We'll look at that as our team forms for 2003. We could have a Pat Quane bobblehead night, I'd pay money for one of those. :-)

Did I miss anything?
Chuck

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[> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
michael
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Date Posted: 07:04:00 09/18/02 Wed

how about. make-out with your favorate player day. =) maybe once a month would be good

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[> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
jock-brock
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Date Posted: 21:22:52 09/18/02 Wed

HEY CHUCK I MISS YOU AT THE GAMES-WHAT HAPPEN??

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[> [> Subject: Re: 2003 Wish List


Author:
Chuck
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Date Posted: 01:48:55 09/19/02 Thu

Um.. Jock.. the season is over.

Everyone else.. I'll answer in the next day or two, I didn't forget. Just been tied up with getting the stadium put away and some other things, haven't had a lot of time to formulate a coherent answer to all the suggestions.

Chuck

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jock-brock
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Date Posted: 21:23:06 09/18/02 Wed

HEY CHUCK I MISS YOU AT THE GAMES-WHAT HAPPEN??

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