The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce that, with strong fan interest in their first game of the season, they will be adding a FIREWORKS SHOW to our HOME OPENER GAME on Friday, June 5, at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP.
The gates open at 5pm on Friday, with first pitch slated for 6:35pm. The ownership group of the HarbourCats will have an exciting announcement to make that night as well, and hope to do it in front of a WCL-record home crowd, eager to see the official start to the baseball season. New promotions and entertainment pieces will be in place (such as Chuck A Duck and Scooter Races), along with fresh new concession options including ice cream.
The HarbourCats will face the Kelowna Falcons for the third straight season on opening night, and will debut new New Era caps, and Rawlings pro-level uniforms, along with a fresh new roster, led by new Head Coach Graig Merritt, who gained some off-field notoriety in the spring as a houseguest on Big Brother Canada.
Seats are still available, though some sections are nearly full — fans interested in tickets would be well-served to go to the team office at 1814 Vancouver Street to secure their spot.
“We’re excited about the response — having local ownership has really spurred on interest and there is a buzz about the start of the third season of HarbourCats baseball,” said Jim Swanson, GM and Vice-President, and part of an ownership group that includes John Wilson, Rich Harder and Ken Swanson.”People love baseball in Victoria — they just love to go to the park. It’s become the place to be, and be seen.”
Members of the Victoria Skydiving Club will punctuate the start, and a special guest will be on hand to throw out the first pitch. And, local guitarist Josh Boudreau will provide a Hendrix/Slash-like start to the night, as he perfoms the anthems.
“It’s always the best night of the year — there is just one OPENING NIGHT, and last year we won that game in extra innings in a very entertaining baseball game,” said Jim Swanson.
The fireworks show is 17-minutes long, and is a big favourite of HarbourCats fans and many Victorians, who circle the fireworks dates on their calendars. The next night, June 6, is also a fireworks night — so popular in Victoria.
Also on the line is the Accent Inns Trophy, an inter-city challenge between Victoria and Kelowna.
It’s a 17-minute show that really does rival our Canada Day Inner Harbour Show. They set up right behind 2nd base, shallow in the outfield, and everyone in the ballpark is so very close, and of course the accompanying music is great.