In 2006, a vast empty field occupied an area of Marion just west of Interstate 57. A group of people had a vision for that area to be turned into a destination spot for the people of southern Illinois and beyond. Peoples National Bank was among those supporters. The ground was broken, and on May 29, 2007, more than 6,300 fans came out to Rent One Park to watch their Southern Illinois Miners defeat the Evansville Otters.
Players, coaches, and fans have come and gone with the Miners. Mike Pinto is still leading the way for the team and PNB is still there as a partner. It’s been our pleasure to be a part of the Miners family and watch the team grow and win championships and other awards.
PNB Head of Retail & Training; Executive Vice President Bethany Shaw was there during construction and was among those wearing hard hats as the shovels hit the dirt and marked a change that would impact southern Illinois for years to come.
“We’ve been a committed partner since 2006. It was a big community investment not just for Marion, but for all of southern Illinois. It gives people in our community something to do that’s in a much more reasonable price range,” said Shaw.
General admission tickets for a Southern Illinois Miners game start at $7. Compare that to major league action, which will set a fan back more than 20 bucks each. A night at Rent One Park is affordable and filled with family-friendly fun.
Our partnership with the Miners for the 2018 season includes the Friday Night Fireworks. So win or lose after each home game on Fridays fans get to enjoy a memorable display of patriotic pride. We are able to provide over 100 tickets each week to our employees so they and their families can enjoy an evening at the ballpark. On those hot summer nights, some employees and customers are able to relax in the PNB suite and enjoy the game as well.
In 2017 Peoples National Bank took to the field with an employee appreciation game. Any PNB employee could participate in this softball which included a personalized Miners shirt, announcements of the PA system and their stats on display on the scoreboard. The tickets and the game helps build morale in the workplace.
“We don’t limit it (the complimentary tickets). So if you have a large family it’s a great way to get those ticket and share in the partnership,” said Shaw.
More recently, PNB sponsored Military Appreciation Night at Rent One Park. Dozens of PNB employees volunteered their time that evening to make it a memorable one for those who have or continue to serve our country as well as their family and friends.
Our ticket giveaway extends to our customers as well. Shaw says this allows the relationship between both the customer and the bank to grow and develop in a setting outside the bank walls.
To learn more about Southern Illinois Miners ticket giveaway, stop by any Peoples National Bank branch or call us at call (877) 378-1909.