May 16, 2011
WACO, Texas -
Baylor baseball will host the inaugural Bark in the Park when the Bears open their final Big 12 Conference series of the season against Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at Baylor Ballpark. The game will also be Dollar Hot Dog Night at the ballpark.
Senior Chris Slater, who officially graduated from Baylor when the Bears played at Oklahoma State on Saturday, will receive his diploma from Baylor President Ken Starr prior to the game. Slater will also be honored along with Kolt Browder, Logan Vick and Steve DalPorto for making Baylor the only team in the nation with four academic all-district honorees in the university division.
Fans that would like to bring their dogs to the game will need to purchase one general admission ticket for themselves and will be required to sit in the right field berm area. Dogs will be admitted at no charge, but owners must fill out and turn in a liability waiver at the first base game before entering the gate.
There will be a water station provided in the berm area, as well as a portable tent to provide shade. Fans are required to pick up dog waste, and one adult is required for each dog. All dogs must have tags and remain on a leash at all times. All dogs will be checked for tags by Dogtopia volunteers before entering Baylor Ballpark.
The following dog breeds are prohibited from the event: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers and any hybrids of the previously mentioned breeds. Non-domesticated animals and pets with a history of aggressive behavior are also prohibited.
Baylor has already clinched a berth in the Big 12 Championship, but the Bears close out the regular season with four straight games at home. Baylor hosts Dallas Baptist for its final non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when all tickets will be $3. The Bears host Oklahoma Thursday through Saturday, with the first two games at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday's Senior Day game at 3 p.m.