The Corpus Christi Hooks want their fans to unplug tonight.
The team is hosting a “phones free” game at Whataburger Field.
This is baseball history, no other pro ball club has hosted a “no phones” game.
The Hooks aren’t sure what the reception will be from fans.
But, of course, they hope they’ll embrace the idea of having a different version of the modern-day experience at the ballpark.
Now, fans will be able to keep their phones with them during the game.
But when they come into Whataburger Field, they’ll receive a pouch that will lock.
Those cases can only be unlocked at designated phone zones around Whataburger Field.
The idea is for fans to not use their phones while they’re in their seats.
So, why did the Hooks decide to do this promotion?
“It’s all about reconnecting with those that you come out to,” Hooks director of marketing J.D. Davis said. “Baseball’s a conversational game. It’s a game that you’re supposed to come out to friends with and have a good time and enjoy.
“So that’s what it’s all about it. It’s not about taking something away from somebody. It’s about giving somebody the opportunity and really the excuse to unplug.”
The Hooks also have some other things in place, since people won’t have their phone cameras.
There’s a photo booth where fans can send pictures to their e-mails.
Also, the team’s mascots will also be walking around with instant film cameras and taking pictures with fans.
The Hooks say, if any fans get to the ballpark and are unhappy with the phones-free promotion, they’ll be given a refund on their ticket for a future game.