"Raley Field: Background (MANY PICS coming)" West Sacramento Things to Do Tip by TooTallFinn24
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if you enjoy professional baseball, want a seat as close as possible to the field and don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a seat and food then Raley Field is for you! Located just off of the South River Road exit of US 50, it's worthy of a stop to see an afternoon or evening game.
Raley Field was one of my big projects in West Sacramento. Beginning in 1999, a group of individuals headed by Art Savage owner of the San Jose Sharks had the vision of moving the Oakland A's triple A baseball team to Sacramento. They wanted to do it before the commencement of the 2000 season.
With a lot of hard work and vision the Raley Field stadium was constructed in 1999 and 2000 in well under a year. The $ 44 million stadium was financed through a variety of private/public partnerships.
The first game took place in May, 2000. Over the past 11 years the Sacramento Rivercats have been either the highest or second highest drawing AAA baseball team. The stadium has a seating capacity of just over 14,000 people. Many of the seats have great views of either the Tower Bridge or the West Sacramento and Sacramento skyline.
While the stadium itself is beautifully built and is a joy to watch baseball in there is more to Raley Field. The owners of the Sacramento Rivercats were big believers in public art. So adorning many areas of the stadium are some great examples of public art highlighting the beauty of America's greatest sporting competition, baseball.
Address: 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
Directions: Coming west from Sac, take the South River Rd, exit off of US 50, left at the first light.
Coming east from SF, on US 50, take the Jefferson Boulevard/Downtown Sacramento exit. Bear to the left. Right on Garden Street to the park.
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