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Military helicopter to deliver game ball to Saturday's Edmonton Riverhawks game

Re/Max Field is getting a glow up as the Riverhawks prepare for their debut in 2022. Saturday June 5, 2021 (CTV News Edmonton) Re/Max Field is getting a glow up as the Riverhawks prepare for their debut in 2022. Saturday June 5, 2021 (CTV News Edmonton)
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The Edmonton Riverhawks baseball team is scheduled for a special delivery on Saturday – a military helicopter will carry the game ball to Re/Max Field.

The event is in honour of the team's Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Event, which takes place the same day.

The helicopter slated for use is a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.

A rehearsal flight is planned for Friday afternoon, when the helicopter will attempt multiple approaches and landings to practise for Saturday's game.

The Edmonton Riverhawks will play the Nanaimo NightOwls at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.

It won't be the only event of the day for the RCAF in Edmonton on Saturday.

A pre-game flyover will also take place over Commonwealth Stadium for the Edmonton Elks home opener, weather permitting.

The CF-188 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake will conduct a flyby shortly before the start of the game.

The team, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2024, has a number of events planned for Saturday's game, which starts at 2 p.m., including an alumni autograph session and a halftime celebration of the team's 14 Grey Cup wins.

Both the Riverhawks and the Elks moved the start times for their Saturday games so fans could tune into Game 1 of the Oilers Stanley Cup Final run at 6 p.m. MT.