Cougars Announce Schedule For 2018 Season; Playoffs Start Sept. 6

Cougars Announce Schedule For 2018 Season; Playoffs Start Sept. 6

The Kane County Cougars organization has announced the game schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Night, which will kick off the 28th season of Cougars baseball, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, against the Clinton LumberKings. The Cougars face the LumberKings in a brief two-game homestand before traveling to Clinton for the second half of a home-and-home series.

To view and download the entire 2018 schedule, visit

In 2018, Kane County will play host to a handful of their Eastern Division opponents including the Lake County Captains (May 7-9), Fort Wayne TinCaps (May 10-12), West Michigan Whitecaps (July 18-20) and the South Bend Cubs (July 21-23) while the Cougars will visit the Lansing Lugnuts (May 1-3), Great Lakes Loons (May 4-6), Bowling Green Hot Rods (July 11-3) and the Dayton Dragons (July 14-16) on the road.

Fans will be treated to a total of 25 post-game fireworks shows beginning on Friday, May 25 with Thirsty Thursdays taking place for every Thursday evening game beginning on Opening Night. Kids (age 3-10) will receive a voucher at the gate for a free hot dog and small soda on Sundays beginning May 27.

Lastly, the Ballpark Concert Series will kick off on June 16 featuring pre-game concerts in the Music Garden, presented by the Acres Group, at every Saturday home game from June through September.

Additional special events, promotions and theme nights will be announced as they are confirmed throughout the off-season.

Playoffs Start Sept. 6

The Kane County Cougars, minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will open the 2017 Midwest League Playoffs on Wednesday, Sept. 6, against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins affiliate, at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids, IO.

The Cougars will return home to Northwestern Medicine Field for game two of the best-of-three series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. A third game (if necessary) would also be hosted by the Cougars, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

Playoff tickets are available by calling 630-232-8811 or by ordering online at Fans can purchase a $5 playoff special that includes a reserved seat ticket and a hot dog. The playoff game on Sept.  7 will also feature Thirsty Thursday deals, presented by Miller Lite, with select beers, sodas and hot dogs available for just $1

Labor Day Fun

The Cougars kick off this Labor Day weekend celebration with their final regular season homestand beginning on Saturday, September 2 against the Peoria Chiefs at 6:30 PM. Highlights throughout the weekend include a pre-game concert from Chicago-based band, SEMPLE, Star Wars Night featuring costumed characters from the Midwest Garrison 501st Legion, post-game entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, pre-game landing from Sky Dive Chicago, in-game entertainment from BirdZerk!, multiple giveaways including a rally towel courtesy of Northwestern Medicine and the final two fireworks shows of the season.

To purchase tickets for any of the remaining home games during the 2017 season, call the box office at 630-232-8811 or visit

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About the Kane County Cougars

The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 157 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.