(Victoria HarbourCats players Kayden Beauregard (left), Zach Swanson (right) and Hitting Coach Curtis Pelletier (centre) model the new VicPD Forces Fridays jerseys that the HarbourCats will wear tonight for the home opener. Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Get ready for what might be the biggest (extended) weekend ever for the Victoria HarbourCats, in their entire 7-year history!

The West Coast League (WCL) season is now underway, and the HarbourCats are at home at Wilson’s Group Stadium today, June 7th as well as Saturday, Sunday and Monday this weekend.

Friday night is the regular-season home opener, kicking off at 6:35 p.m. and that traditionally means a big crowd will be on hand to see this years team in action.

The HarbourCats are already off to a strong start, winning two of their three road games in Wenatchee, Washington this week – this has them in a four-way tie for the lead in the WCL north division.

Friday’s home opener will see skydivers descend on Royal Athletic Park to deliver the ball for the first pitch, and in another first, the Canadian Forces 443 Squadron based out of Pat Bay will perform a fly-over salute prior to the game.

Friday’s game is also the first of several “Forces Fridays” at the park, and you can expect a strong contingent of first-responders to be on hand, as well as a special VicPD presence.

The HarbourCats players will wear a new VicPD inspired jersey for the game, which they officially unveiled on Monday.

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Saturday night is the second of the four-game set, and it’s the first fireworks game of 2019, presented by the Wilson’s Group of companies. It’s a spectacular 20-minute pyrotechnics show delivered from right at centre-field after the game. General admission ticket holders will want to arrive early for the best seats.

Sunday afternoon’s matinee is at a 1:05 p.m. and is a bobblehead giveaway game. The HarbourCats will honour “Mr. HarbourCat” Alex DeGoti with his own bobblehead. The first 1,000 fans through the gates on Sunday also receive one. DeGoti made a permanent, lasting positive impression both on and off the field when he played here in 2013-2015. He now plays pro ball in the Houston Astros farm system.

All three games – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – are versus perennial powerhouse and indeed 2018 WCL champion Corvallis Knights from Oregon. Corvallis is off to a very slow 0-3 start this season, and the ‘Cats will look to add to their woes.

The HarbourCats will close out the extended weekend with a rematch against Team Cuba on Monday night, a visiting team they lost an exhibition game to last weekend – Monday’s game also begins at 6:35pm.

Tickets for all the games can be found online here, and can also be purchased in person at the HarbourCats office at 1814 Vancouver Street, or at the Royal Athletic Park box office immediately prior to the games. The HarbourCat’s new zipline will be running all weekend, and fans can purchase zipline add-on tickets online through the individual game links.

  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Avenue
  • When: Season home-opener – Friday June 7th, 6:35 p.m.
  • Tickets: Online here, or can be purchased in person at the HarbourCats office (101-1814 Vancouver Street) or at the Royal Athletic Park box office immediately prior to the games