The Newport Gulls are calling upon all Star Wars fans to come to Cardines Field on Monday, July 4 dressed in their favorite Star Wars-themed costumes – whether they side with the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance – as the Gulls host the Ocean State Waves in Pell Bridge Series NECBL action at 6:35 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and fans of all ages arriving in costume will receive free admission to the ballpark. One lucky fan will receive a signed team bat courtesy of the Newport Gulls.

The Gulls game-day staff will also feature special Star Wars-themed between-inning contests for fans to participate in on the field throughout the night.

As always, reduced-rate parking is available across America’s Cup Ave. from Cardines Field at the Newport Gateway Visitor’s Center, and is just $2 with a game ticket.

On Wednesday, the Gulls take on the Valley Blue Sox at 6:35 p.m. at Cardines Field for Newport Hospital Night. Fans will receive free mini hand sanitizers courtesy of Lifespan. Friday, Newport will host the Danbury Westerners for Horan Building Night – the first 250 kids in the ballpark will receive free Gulls T-shirts courtesy of Horan Building.

The Gulls are in action tonight, July 1, vs. Danbury for Newport Daily News Night at 6:35 p.m. One lucky fan will receive a free bicycle courtesy of Ten Speed Spokes. On Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the Gulls are on the road at Ocean State, Upper Valley, and Plymouth, respectively; all home and away games can be watched live (or listened to for free) on the NECBL Broadcast  Network at

The Newport Gulls, members of the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded as the Rhode Island Gulls in 1998 in Cranston, R.I., before moving to Newport in 2001. In addition to recruiting, fielding, and developing a team of the nation’s top collegiate baseball athletes and attracting 50,000 fans annually to Cardines Field, the predominantly volunteer organization strives to benefit the youth of Newport County via summer camps, reading programs, fundraisers, scholarships, and charitable donations – totaling over $1 million since 2001. The Gulls are six-time champions of the NECBL – the winningest franchise in league history – and were ranked as the overall No. 1 summer collegiate baseball team in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012.

For more information about the Newport Gulls, visit, follow the Gulls on Twitter @NewportGulls or visit

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