On Easter Sunday eight Budweiser Clydesdales, pulling a red, white and gold beer wagon delivered a case of the King of Beers and a pair of tickets to the Rays season opener to Rafael Martinez of St. Petersburg.
Our sister station – Tampa Bay’s only FM sports station 98.7 The Fan – and Budweiser teamed up to offer the one lucky winner – and their family – a visit from the famous Clydesdales.
The Budwiser Clydesdales will also be making a special appearance at the Rays season opener on Tuesday, April 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Fans will be able to see the Clydesdales that day outside Gate 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Then from 2:00-3:00 p.m., the Clydesdales will be outside Gate 4, fans 21 and older can sample Budweiser products from the wagon.
- The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.
- A team of eight Clydesdales pull the red, white and gold Budwiser beer wagon.
- To qualify for one of the hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding with an even temperament and strong, draft horse appearance, be at least four years old, stand at least 18 hands (72 inches, 183 cm) at the withers when fully mature, and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds (820 and 1,000 kg).
- Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales, kept at various locations throughout the United States, one of the largest herds of Clydesdale horses in the world.
- Television commercials featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales have been a longstanding Super Bowl tradition, beginning with an ad during Super Bowl XX in 1986
- St. Louis beer-maker Anheuser-Busch has buckled up a four-year agreement as the sole beer sponsor of the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl game through 2014