4 in 24 prep and tickets are now on sale!
April is upon us, which means our ‘4 in 24’ Extreme Field Renovation project is about 2-weeks away. Our Stadium Operations manager Keith Sweeney just recently completed an inspection of each field. After this long winter, he had to see what shape each field was in and see if any of them were still covered with snow. That might be irrelevant since they are forecasting up to a foot of snow in some areas of the Capital Region by Friday morning.
At this point, weather is our main enemy. For the most part, the fields need to be almost completely cleared of snow by the time the renovations begin on April 15th. There’s still plenty of time for the upcoming snow to melt, but that’s the main concern.
Here are some current photos of the four fields:
The plan is to split up into two groups and begin the renovations at 5 am on Friday, April 15th at Ballston Spa Junior Baseball League and Westland Hills in Albany. Sweeney estimates that it should take around 6-hours to do the following: Cut the sod, level the infield, square and straighten the baselines, rebuild the mound and homeplate areas and lay the new sod. More work will then need to be done with the aid of the volunteers who will rake, paint, weed wack and put on the finishing touches.
Volunteers will consist of ValleyCats staff members, league representatives and sponsor representatives from our corporate partners Friendly’s, CDTA, Price Chopper and the Brickman Group.
Following the work at those two fields, the crews will converge upon the Schenectady area and begin renovation on the Northside and Scotia/Glenville little league fields. Work will be done throughout the night to complete the project by early Saturday morning.
You can bet that by that time there will be some weary eyes, but there will definitely be a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s an amazing collaborative effort that will benefit so many of our youth playing the game we all love so much. To provide them with an adequate field to play on will be very satisfying.
Today officially marked opening day for Major League Baseball, which means baseball is back! There’s just something refreshing about being able to turn on television and catch a baseball game. Soon we’ll be able to enjoy games at “The Joe!”
To celebrate baseball’s opening day, ‘Cats individual game tickets went on sale this morning at 10 AM. There’s been a steady influx of phone calls and people visiting the box office today to purchase their tickets. If you’re looking for seats to Opening Day on June 17th or for Independence Day on July 4th, I’d advise you to purchase those tickets as soon as possible. They are going fast for both dates.
To purchase your tickets, click here to view the 2011 schedule. Just click the ‘T’ next to the game date you want and you will be directed to the site to buy your tickets. There is a very cool new feature this year that allows you to see exactly what seats are available on a seating grid and pick your seats.
You can also call us in the office at (518) 629-2287 or visit the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium box office on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College.
If you call or visit us here at the stadium, chances are you will be dealing with our Box Office/Ticket Manager Jess Kaszeta. Here are a couple photos of Jess taking ticket orders:
78 Days Until Opening Day!