Jim Swanson, Victoria HarbourCats
Fans of the Victoria HarbourCats have asked if another date for the fabulous fireworks show could be added, and the team listened.
In addition to previously announced special fireworks games on June 30 (Canada Day eve) and August 6 (part of the year-ending fan-appreciation festivities), the HarbourCats have added Saturday, July 9 to the list for the 2016 season.
“It’s the far-and-away Number One question we get asked — what are your fireworks games,” said Jim Swanson of the HarbourCats.
“It’s a 17-minute show, spectacular, right on the field, and it’s become legendary. It takes a bit more than 10 minutes after the game ends to set it all up, and Celebration Fireworks does a tremendous job. People have asked about our fireworks dates since last fall when the current season’s schedule came out.”
The team had four fireworks dates in 2015 — one added to thank fans for supporting the team through an arduous ownership transfer. Now, with the team and league proving that everything is on solid ground for years to come, keeping baseball at Royal Athletic Park, fans continue to flock to the park to see the HarbourCats play — including the current team-record 11-game winning streak.
The HarbourCats are pleased to be able to honor local Royal Canadian Legions with a special non-league game this Wednesday, June 22, a 6:35pm first pitch at Royal Athletic Park (gates open at 5:30pm).
The HarbourCats will be facing a team called the Victoria Selects, comprised of the best amateur players in Victoria and area, and coached by former Seals professional player Charlie Strandlund.
All seats are “rush seating” and are $10 (plus the usual charges/taxes), and it will be an excellent chance to see more of the HarbourCats players who are helping the team lead the West Coast League standings.
“We have done a lot this year to honor military and first responders, because we feel it’s very important,” said Swanson.
“We recognize a veteran during our games, and we have the Galaxy Motors-sponsored Forces Fridays, including a Forces Friday game this week against Kitsap. In addition, this is the first time that participating Legions have been able to sell tickets to the game and keep most of the proceeds for their needs, and Royal Canadian Legion 91-Langford will be running the 50-50 draw on Wednesday. We’re pleased to do this.”
The HarbourCats, fresh off a six-game homestand and a stretch with 11 games in 13 days, have a few days off and will put their WCL winning streak, sitting at 11 games, on the line with a three-game weekend series against the visiting Kitsap BlueJackets.
Here are the promotional plans — something for everyone:
Friday, June 24 (6:35pm, gates open at 5:30pm) — Forces Friday with Galaxy Motors, and Faith Night. Also, special groups from Retirement Concepts/The Wellesley.
Saturday, June 25 (6:35pm first pitch, gates open early) — This is a busy one. We have youth camps at the park that day, and it’s our first Mats, Bats and Beats with Lululemon and Moksha Yoga, where people will have a chance to do yoga on the RAP field. People can come to the park and meet the players from 2:30pm on, and then starting at 4pm — a one-hour yoga class open to everyone. It’s also Christmas in June with B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, lots of themes around Christmas on that day.
Sunday, June 26 (1pm first pitch, gates open at noon) — Monk Office Supplies Gameday and our first-ever BARK IN THE PARK with Bosley’s on Yates. Yes, bring your puppy to the park! Special themes with both Monk Office, and Bosley’s on Yates.
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