Las Vegas Aviators open 2021 season against Sacramento River Cats on May 6
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The Las Vegas Aviators, a Triple-A branch of the Oakland Athletics, open the 2021 season Thursday night against the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A branch of the San Francisco Giants.
Thursday’s game will mark the 39th season of professional baseball in Silver State, with the game set to begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin.
The first homestand will consist of a six-game series against the River Cats from Thursday to Tuesday, May 6-11. All matches will start at 7:05 p.m., except Sunday May 9 at 12:05 p.m.
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Thursday’s season and home opener will feature the first of 10 games broadcast live on YurView on Cox Cable’s Channel 14.
Thursday the Aviators will return to the field for the first time in almost 20 months. The last Triple-A game played at the Las Vegas Ballpark was back on September 8, 2019.
Sacramento beat Las Vegas, 7-3, in the deciding game of the best of five PCL Conference Championship series that year.
The 2021 season will feature a six-game streak against opponents from Thursday to Tuesday with days off Wednesday for a total of 120 games (60 at home; 60 away), according to team representatives.
The team spokesperson also shared the information below:
TRIPLE-A WEST: Formerly the Pacific Coast League (118 years, 1903-2020), Triple-A West will consist of two divisions for a total of 10 teams. West Division: Las Vegas Aviators, Reno Aces, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Tacoma Rainiers; Eastern Division: Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Round Rock Express, Sugar Land Skeeters.
FIRST HOUSE PROMOTIONS:
Friday May 7: post-match fireworks display
Tuesday May 11: Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”)
LAS VEGAS AVIATORS IN CHIEF OF THE 2019 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HOME ASSISTANCE:
The Aviators have led Triple-A baseball (30 teams: 16 in PCL; 14 in International League) and all minor league baseball in total home attendance (650,934) and on average (9,299 in 70 dates).
The Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A branch of the Cleveland Indians, led the IL in terms of total home attendance and average (590,504 – 8,684 averaged over 68 dates).
PARTICIPATION IN BALLPARK LAS VEGAS 2019: In 70 dates, the Las Vegas total was 650,934 for an average of 9,299 (47 sales). The Las Vegas franchise has reached the plateau of 300,000 “home” spectators over the 37 seasons (1983-2019; 2020 season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
The total all-time attendance currently stands at 12,651,945.
In 36 seasons at Cashman Field (1983-2016), the total attendance was 12,001,011.