Jim Swanson, Victoria HarbourCats
More records are set to fall during the Victoria HarbourCats’ final regular season home-stand, with a three-game series this Friday to Sunday at Royal Athletic Park.
A remarkable season for the HarbourCats has included a West Coast League record 19-game winning streak, and a WCL North Division first half title that secured the first playoff berth for a Victoria-based baseball team at this level since 1952. Additionally, the HarbourCats have set a new franchise record with 36 wins, with five games remaining, and have secured first overall in the standings, ensuring home-field advantage as long as the team stays alive in the playoffs.
The 2016 season has been a record setting one for the HarbourCats, but this weekend it will be about the fans.
A total regular season attendance of 48,536 has the HarbourCats in position to surpass 50,000 in total attendance this Friday, August 5 when they open their series against Yakima Valley. According to the WCL’s records on Pointstreak, it will be the first time a WCL team has surpassed 50,000 in regular season attendance.
The HarbourCats are also in line to set a new team and league record for per-game attendance, maintaining an average of 2,022 per game entering their final homestand, or 112 more per game than last year’s 1,910 per game. Victoria has led the WCL in average attendance each of the past two seasons, and now looks to become the first team in league history to surpass 2,000 in average attendance.
This weekend promises to be a fantastic celebration of another phenomenal baseball season in Victoria, and a great tune-up for the upcoming WCL playoffs, which come to Victoria next Wednesday, August 10.
FINAL HOMESTAND PROMOTIONS
There is an exciting lineup of game day promotions on deck for this weekend’s final regular season series with the HarbourCats hosting the Yakima Valley Pippins.
Complete details for the series are as follows—
Friday, August 5: 6:35pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)
Jerseys Off Our Backs with Odlum Brown
HarbourCats players will be wearing their popular red jerseys and will give the jerseys off their backs following the game. Fans will receive an entry form upon entering Royal Athletic Park to fill out and return to the ballpark info booth. Draws will be made following the game and players will hand jerseys over to winners on the field.
Additional entry forms will be given for purchase of a game day program, HarbourCats merchandise and HarbourCats Ale by Spinnakers.
It’s also the final Forces Friday with Galaxy Motors: Special ticket prices for military and first responders.
Saturday, August 6: 6:35pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)
Fan Appreciation FIREWORKS presented by Wallace Driving School
Blast off with Ticket Rocket
This is the HarbourCats third and final fireworks night of 2016. Following the baseball game, enjoy a spectacular 17-minute fireworks display set up in center field at RAP. Fireworks nights are always among the most well-attended games of the season, and seats for this game are selling quickly. Anthems will be performed by local guitarist Josh Boudreau — a real treat for all.
Sunday, August 7: 1:00pm (Gates open at 12:00pm)
Used.ca Game Day and Fan Appreciation Day with Maple Leaf Foods
A free hot dog will be available to every child in attendance on Used.ca Game Day and Fan Appreciation Day at Royal Athletic Park as the HarbourCats say ‘thank you’ to the best fans in the West Coast League. Also, the Cadets Band will perform the anthems, with more than 275 cadets in attendance, looking sharp!
Fans may also visit 1814 Vancouver Street or call 778-265-0327 to purchase tickets.
Single-game tickets for the HarbourCats first playoff game on August 10 are now available at this link –
Playoff tickets are also available in a two-game package. For more information, visit this link —http://sponsorimpact.com/
Visit 1814 Vancouver Street or call 778-265-0327 to purchase playoff tickets or for more information.
BLUE JAYS-MARINERS ADVENTURE WITH THE HARBOURCATS
The HarbourCats have partnered with Flight Centre and Wilson’s Transportation to stage an exciting vacation opportunity for HarbourCats fans:
Travel on a Wilson’s Transportation bus to Seattle for the Mariners vs. Blue Jays series, September 19-21 at Safeco Field, where the HarbourCats have reserved a large block of seating at each game, while also enjoying a two-night stay at Tulalip Resort and Casino, one of the premier resort and entertainment stops in the Northwest.
This package includes:
Round-trip bus transportation from Royal Athletic Park. Transfers to games and resort are included
Two-night stay at Tulalip Resort and Casino with daily buffet breakfast and gaming voucher.
Three game tickets with block seating on the first level, third base line.
Pricing from $689 for double occupancy, including all taxes and fees.
Pricing from $669 for triple occupancy and $649 for quad occupancy, including all taxes and fees. Single rates available upon request.
Assistant GM Brittany French is in the office and ready to assist fans with all ticket purchasing and can take care of any other requests and questions fans may have.
Office hours are as follows:
MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am-5:00pm
SATURDAY – 10:00am-2:00pm
SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)