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Summer Squads, Shamrocks and HarbourCats team up

Jonathan Hodgson

One the highest level of baseball played on Vancouver Island, the other is the cream of the crop in lacrosse.

The Victoria HarbourCats and Victoria Shamrocks organizations are pleased to be teaming up to celebrate each other in the summer of 2017. As the HarbourCats, the youngster in the equation at five years and counting, promote their growing roots in the community with a full slate of games beginning on June 5, the Shamrocks will be in the midst of their 68th season in the Western Lacrosse Association.

On Sunday, June 25, the HarbourCats will be holding SHAMROCKS DAY at the park -- all fans of the Shamrocks have to do is show a game ticket from a Q Centre game and they'll get a premium seat for the base price of $10 (plus ticket fees and taxes). Shamrocks players, coaches and front office will be special guests of the HarbourCats that game, introduced prior to the game as part of the festivities.

Then, on Friday, July 14, the Shamrocks will be hosting a HARBOURCATS NIGHT during their Salute to Local Heroes presented by the Langford Legion at The Q Centre, introducing the HarbourCats on the floor. Any fan showing a used HarbourCats ticket will get a bowl ticket for $10 (includes ticket fees and taxes) on entry to see the Shamrocks take on the Coquitlam Adanacs.

"We felt this was an excellent way for the two organizations to show how important we think sport is to this community, and maybe fans of one team can show support to the other summer club in Victoria," said Brad Norris-Jones, GM of the HarbourCats.

"Both franchises bring great entertainment to people here, our team in the downtown core and the Shamrocks to the Westshore area. We cheer on the Shamrocks every year to the Mann Cup, and we know their team was excited last year when we set league records for wins and winning streak. It's great to be in a community where we can both strive to be the best."

“The HarbourCats do an outstanding job on the field and off,” said Shamrocks GM Chris Welch. “We hope our fans will step outside for a little sunlight and fresh air with us at their park and that their fans will come in out of the sun for a little while at our place as we celebrate two great teams in two great sports.”
View the HarbourCats schedule here: http://harbourcats.com/calendar/

Online and in-person ticket purchasing options are available.

To see the Shamrocks 2017 schedule, visit http://www.victoriashamrocks.com/stats#/team-schedule?team_id=16040 and get in on the action.

The HarbourCats open the 2017 WCL season on June 1 on the road against the WCL’s newest team, the Port Angeles Lefties.  Their home opener at Royal Athletic Park is June 5 when the Wenatchee AppleSox visit Victoria.

2017 SEASON TICKETS

Over 60,000 fans attended HarbourCats games in 2016 for an average of 2,239 fans per game, which led the West Coast League and ranked ninth in all of North America among summer-collegiate clubs.  Secure your favorite seat today for the 2017 season.

Seating location and pricing (Fees and taxes included) options are as follows—

CAMPBELL REAL ESTATE CLUB SEATS (Padded & served. First two rows of Grandstand.)

$589.50

DIAMOND CLUB SEATS (Added in 2016)

$589.50 (SOLD OUT)

MAIN GRANDSTAND (Section 10, covered)

$426.75

PREMIUM SEATING (Sections 6-7-8-9-11-12, blue bucket seats)

$405.75

GENERAL ADMISSION (Silver bleachers, picnic areas, wheelchair seating, soccer grandstand)

$300.75

*All prices listed are base price, and do not include fees or GST.

Visit the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street or call (778)-265-0327 to purchase season tickets or for more information. You can also email brittany@harbourcats.com for further details, or go to the team website at harbourcats.com.

PORT ANGELES OPENING DAY EXCURSION

The HarbourCats have partnered with Black Ball Ferry Line to provide Victoria baseball fans an opportunity to ‘get off the rock’ and follow the HarbourCats to Opening Day in Port Angeles, WA.

Black Ball, which operates the Coho Ferry, is providing travel packages for fans to travel from Victoria to Port Angeles on Thursday, June 1 to watch the HarbourCats open the 2017 West Coast League season against the Port Angeles Lefties.

It is also the inaugural game in Lefties franchise history and marks the beginning of a rivalry between two of the closest markets in the WCL, separated by just a 90-minute Coho sailing.

Registration deadline is May 10.

Click here to register and for more information: https://www.cohoferry.com/packages/details/port-angeles/victoria-harbourcats-vs-port-angeles-lefties-in-port-angeles-june-1-2017-including-red-lion-hotel-and-ferry-

2017 SEATTLE VACATION

The HarbourCats are staging their second consecutive fan vacation to Seattle in 2017 to see the Blue Jays take on the Mariners.

The 2017 vacation takes place June 9-11, 2017 and will include:

  • Travel on Wilson’s Transportation buses from to and from Victoria and Seattle. Ferry cost also included.

  • Field level tickets for all three Blue Jays @ Mariners games at Safeco Field.

  • Two nights at the Hilton Embassy Lynnwood.

Total cost is $798 per person (based on double occupancy). Different rates available for triple as well as single occupancy.

Registration for HarbourCats season ticket holders is $725 (based on double occupancy). The trip is not expected to interfere with the HarbourCats home schedule, as the team is expected to be on the road during this time.

To register, contact Carey Shelby at Flight Centre (1-866-299-5614) or carey.shelby@flightcentre.ca

OFFICE HOURS

 The HarbourCats office (1814 Vancouver Street, 778-265-0327) is open and operating under off-season hours.

 May office hours:

 MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am – 5:30pm

SATURDAY-SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)

Jim Swanson (Managing Partner, Victoria HarbourCats) 778-265-0327

Brad Norris-Jones (General Manager, Victoria HarbourCats) 250-888-2003

Brittany French (Assistant GM, Victoria HarbourCats) 778-265-0327

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