Thursday June 4th, 2015

The Lake Erie Crushers, an independent league baseball team from near Cleveland, need to find some way to get people to come to their game on the night of the first game of the NBA Finals. Their solution? Cheap booze. 

Thursday night is 10-Cent Beer Night at the ballpark, which has not gone well for Cleveland-area teams in the past. The Indians hosted a similar promotion in 1974, 31 years ago to the day, that culminated in a drunken riot and an Indians forfeit. But don't worry, the Crushers have safeguards in place to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. has the low-down:

The 10-cent beers will be restricted to pregame sales only. Each person can buy as many as 10 tickets for 10 beers, which will be 5 ounces each, said Chrissy McGuckin, the Crushers' director of marketing and media.

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Ten five-ounce beers is still 50 ounces of beer, or a touch more than four standard 12-ounce beers.

The end of the 10-cent promotion isn't the end of the party, though. Thursday is Thirsty Thursday, which means select beers are just $1.

“We will have enough security on hand to prevent a savage brawl,” Crushers director of food and beverage Dave Dix told

- Dan Gartland

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