(Last UPDATED 9/27/2021) Description of Raley Field (renamed Sutter Health Park in 2020), the home of the Sacramento River Cats. NEW: See UPDATES below for Sutter Health Park entry and other requirements! Don’t go if you are not in the know!
Raley Field Sutter Health Park, home of the Sacramento River Cats in West Sacramento, is regularly listed as one of minor-league baseball’s best stadiums. Recent improvements, however, have made it even better.
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Improvements for the 2016 season include a huge video screen, solar panels, new grass, new paint and lights for the (then) Raley Field sign. The new video board can show moving images – think home-run video.
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Individual tickets for River Cat games range from $10 to $63. Home Run Hill is the $10 general admission grass seating area. Home Run Hill is 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.
There is $10 parking near
Raley Field Sutter Health Park, 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 (then) 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.
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(9/27/2021) The Sacramento River Cats have resumed playing, but there are a number of important details and requirements you need to know in advance. A few key points: Sutter Health Park is a cashless facility, mobile tickets are required for entry, cash is no longer accepted for the parking lots, and a “clear bag” policy is in force. Check out all the details at Sutter Health Park A-Z Guide so you are in the know before you go!
(2/13/2021) Links added.
(12/11/2019) Raley Field will be known as Sutter Health Park effective 2020. The home of the River Cats has been named Raley Field since the facility opened in 2000 – so I for one don’t know how long it will take me to think of it as Sutter Health Park. How about you?
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