Raley Field

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Raley Field
Raley Field in 2007
Location 400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Coordinates 38°34′49.34″N 121°30′49.68″W / 38.5803722°N 121.5138000°W / 38.5803722; -121.5138000Coordinates: 38°34′49.34″N 121°30′49.68″W / 38.5803722°N 121.5138000°W / 38.5803722; -121.5138000
Owner River City Stadium Management, LLC[1]
Operator River City Stadium Management, LLC
Capacity 11,093 (Fixed Seats)
14,014 (Lawn + Standing Room)
Field size Left - 330 feet (101 m)
Center - 403 feet (123 m)
Right - 325 feet (99 m).
Backstop - 58 feet (18 m)
Surface Grass
Tenants
Sacramento River Cats (PCL) (2000-present)
Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) (2012)
Sacramento State Hornets (2013-Present, Occasional)
Construction
Broke ground October 28, 1999[2]
Opened May 15, 2000
Construction cost $46.5 million
($63.7 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HNTB[1]
Project manager Cordell Corp.[4]
Services engineer Frank M. Booth, Inc.[5]
General contractor JR Roberts Corporation[6]

Raley Field is the home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team in the Pacific Coast League. Raley Field was built on the site of old warehouses and railyards, in West Sacramento, California, USA across the Sacramento River from the California State Capitol.

History[edit]

The $46.5 million stadium was built in eight and a half months, but extended periods of bad weather forced the River Cats on a season opening one month-long road trip, as completion was delayed 45 days. The completion time however was estimated to be about two years. The home opening day was May 15, 2000.

The stadium is one of the few professional sports facilities in the nation built without a public sector contribution. Although constructed using bonds financed by the River City Stadium Financing Authority, bond payments are paid from ticket, concession, advertising, and other revenues, not taxes. Because the $46.5 million project cost was too large for the host city to finance, Christopher Cabaldon, in his first term as Mayor of West Sacramento, California, recruited Sacramento County, California and Yolo County, California to join his city in a joint-powers agency which became the stadium financing authority. Because of the success of the stadium, its private revenue sources have been more than sufficient to repay the construction bonds and build a bond reserve.

The stadium has 11,093 permanent seats and grass berms in both right and left field for a total capacity of 14,014.[7] Its original capacity was 14,611 and was decreased to 14,414 in 2005 with the addition of a party deck. It further decreased in 2010 with the opening of the Diamond Club behind home plate.[8] The field dimensions are 330 (LF), 403 (CF), 325 (RF). The stadium has 2,798 club seats and 616 seats in 36 suites.[8]

The naming rights for the facility were sold to Raley's, a regional chain of supermarkets which is also based in West Sacramento. The stadium was not designed with expansion in mind; therefore, if a major league ballclub (such as the Oakland Athletics, who are the major league affiliate of the River Cats) ever moved to Sacramento there would be significant work required.[9]

There has been discussion of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, an American football team in the United Football League, using the field during a potential 2012 season.[10] A final agreement to this effect was announced on August 6, 2012.[11]

On July 18, 2013, Raley Field hosted a soccer match, a friendly featuring Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa and Barclays Premier League side Norwich City F.C.[12] The game finished 3-0 to Norwich, with goals from Luciano Becchio, Anthony Pilkington and Josh Murphy. The match's attendance was 14,014.[13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pacific Coast League". Ballparks.com. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ballpark Beginnings". The Sacramento Bee. October 29, 1999. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Parker, Clifton B. (May 26, 2000). "Raley Field: Sacramento's New Baseball Field". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Raley Field". Frank M. Booth. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Parex Steps Up To The Plate At Sacramento's New Raley Field". Design Cost Data. March 1, 2002. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ Knight, Graham; Smight, Tim (April 1, 2010). "10 Great Places for a Baseball Pilgrimage". USA Today. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "2012 River Cats Media Guide". Minor League Baseball. April 7, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Layer, Marine (March 7, 2009). "How to Expand a Minor League Park". New Ballpark. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Tonsall, Sonseeahray (July 17, 2012). "Sign of Things To Come: Another Team Playing At Raley Field". KTXL (Sacramento). Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Kelly (August 6, 2012). "It's Official: Mountain Lions Will Play Football at Baseball Stadium". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Breton, Marcos (July 16, 2013). "Time Has Come for An MLS Team in Sacramento". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Goyette, Jared (July 19, 2013). "Meeting Republic F.C. and What We Learned From Sacramento Soccer Day". Sacramento Press. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Sacramento River Cats

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current