Camels to host first 'Friday Night Fireworks'

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 3/24/22

Details for this weekend's "Friday Night Fireworks" event at Campbell's Jim Perry Stadium.

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Camels to host first 'Friday Night Fireworks'

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BUIES CREEK — Fly balls won’t be the only shots speckling the sky above Jim Perry Stadium on Friday.

Campbell (9-11) is set to open Big South Conference play with a bang, welcoming Presbyterian College (8-12) for its first “Friday Night Fireworks” event of the season.

Davis Dupree, assistant director for athletic communications, joined head coach Justin Haire and various CU media representatives in ironing out the details to bring back a popular promotion from years past.

With COVID-19 restrictions limiting attendance to the first 150 students and faculty in 2021, Dupree and company made it a priority to turn out as many Camels fans as possible this season.

“To be able to open our gates to everybody again, we wanted to capitalize on that and welcome everybody back ... it had been so long since they’ve seen a full schedule,” Dupree said in a phone interview with The Daily Record this week.

CU faithful have already exceeded expectations through the first month of action, setting a program record for the most combined attendance through the first 10 home games. The Camels’ upset over eighth-ranked N.C. State on March 2 drew 1,323 fans, which comes in at No. 3 among the school’s most attended baseball games ever.

“I think it’s certainly a big part of it ... (fans) realizing the hype coming into this season,” Dupree said of the team’s success in recent years, including Campbell’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2021.

A staunch nonconference slate has also seen the Camels get wins over Ohio State, Army, West Virginia and nationally-ranked Liberty. Friday night’s postgame festivities are the first of four fireworks displays scheduled at Jim Perry this season, and continue the school’s Family Weekend celebration.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online or on campus. 

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com or (910) 230-2040.

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