Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats in West Sacramento is regularly listed as one of minor-league baseball’s best stadiums, but recent improvements have made it even better.
Improvements for the 2016 season include a huge video screen, solar panels, new grass, new paint and lights for the Raley Field sign. The new video board can show moving images – think home-run video.
Tip: There is $10 parking near Raley Field, but you can also park at one of the Old Sac or nearby downtown parking lots or garages. Friends and I recently parked at the Tower Bridge Parking Garage and just walked across the Tower Bridge to Raley Field. It is a short and easy walk and the Tower Bridge pedestrian walkway has been widened to facilitate the increased foot traffic since the stadium was built.
Individual tickets for River Cat games range from $10 to $63. Home Run Hill is the $10 general admission grass seating area which is also conveniently located near “Down on the Farm”, the children’s play area.
Down on the Farm has a bounce house, speed pitch, obstacle course, giant slide, and whiffle ball field. Small children can enjoy playing in the River Kitty Zone.
On the recent evening I attended the River Cats v. Colorado Springs Sky Sox game there were a number of families and groups of young people taking advantage of the combination of the grass seating area and play area.
The menu at the stadium has also been upgraded – think farm-to-fork. Potato chips are made from scratch and a BBQ and smoke tent turns out tri-tip, ribs, chicken and sausages. While the always popular hot dogs and burgers are still on the menu you can now get bacon-wrapped grilled hot dogs and locally sourced fresh (not frozen) beef burgers as well.
At the game I was hungry – but not hungry enough to order a BBQ plate. I did (very) briefly consider the bacon-wrapped hot dog but instead opted for a regular hot dog. While I am not particularly fond of hot dogs I always find that they taste good at a ball game.
Tip: Don’t order the nacho’s without knowing in advance what you are getting. The nacho’s served at Raley Field are not what you and I would necessarily consider “nacho’s”.
Have you been to a River Cat game this season? What do you think of the recent improvements to Raley Field?
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