River Cats begin 12-game homestand Thursday night against Salt Lake Bees

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Despite being 106 degrees at Sutter Health Park, the first pitch of Thursday’s game wasn’t too hot for some River Cats faithful. 

“Just going to hydrate, and maybe have a couple of beers and enjoy the game,” one fan said. 

Thirsty Thursday may never have tasted so great, even with the long lines.

“You’re talking $5 drafts. Are you joking me right now,” another fan told FOX40. “I’m here for the River Cats, I’m here for the $5 drafts and I’m here for a good time. Triple-digits or not, I’m ready to party.” 

The Sacramento River Cats opened a 12-game homestand in less-than-ideal conditions, but the team is happy to be home because the ballpark can finally be at full capacity. 

 “Of course, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask when they come out to the game,” said River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “We are reminding folks if you are not fully vaccinated to please wear your mask when you come to the ballpark.” 

The excessive heat kept Thursday’s crowd to around 3,500, but the next few games at Sutter Health Park should be near capacity and have some good value for the fans. 

“Friday we’re going to do a championship celebration, remember we’re still the reigning national champions for Triple-A baseball,” Maxson said. “We’re going to do a replica ring giveaway for the first 2,500 fans. Saturday, of course, we’ve got our great fireworks show, and then, Sunday is Father’s Day. Dad can come out and run the bases.” 

Full capacity at Sutter Health Park is just over 14,000. 

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