Top off-field developments of the 2000s

It’s the time of the year (and decade) when it seems like everyone has a top ten list of everything imaginable.  

We’ll even have our Syracuse Chiefs team of the decade coming up on this week’s podcast of Inside Pitch, but we thought we’d take a few minutes and put together our list of the top off-field developments that impacted Syracuse Chiefs baseball in the last decade.  
For this list we tried to focus on improvements to the overall fan experience and put together a list based on lasting impact.  We realize that several items in the list were not our own innovations, but simply keeping up with the time.  Still, it was fun to look back at the decade that was.  Here we go, in somewhat chronological order:
Hank Sauer Room created
Online ticketing made available
E-mail newsletter launched
Knot Hole Gang format changed
Gold Pass (now called First Class) season ticket program implemented
In-game host added
Chiefs’ presence in cyberspace grew to include this blog, plus myspace, facebook, and twitter pages
Inside Pitch radio show created
Hot Stove returned to dinner format
Time Warner Cable Sports significantly increased the number of games broadcast on television
SyracuseChiefs.com became part of Baseball Advanced Media network – streaming audio, video, live scoring, news archive added to site

Chiefs nickname returned with new set of logos
Players’ names appeared on home jerseys
Pops joined the Chiefs family
Marquee sign installed at corner of Tex Simone Drive and Alliance Bank Parkway
Dinner at the Diamond series began
Natural grass installed
Dog Lovers Night, All-You-Can-Eat Munchie Monday, Education Day, Ladies Night, PFG Family Fun Fest became regular parts of the yearly promotional schedule
Whistlestop Autograph Sessions on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday began 
Cooperstown Classic I & II took place at Doubleday Field
Terry Toss batting cage/Mojo pitching cage/Stuff-a-Scooch machine arrived on the concourse
PDC signed with Washington Nationals
Baseball Internet Rights Company brought new features to SyracuseChiefs.com including revamped store and auction site
Concerts took place at the ballpark
Inside Pitch became a podcast
We’d like to thank you, our loyal fans, for your support over the last decade.  All of the items listed above were added to our marketing mix with you in mind.  In fact, many were the direct result of suggestions from fans.  
Let us know what you think – did we leave anything out?

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