Raley Field rocks as Giants, River Cats satisfy full house of fans

A sold-out Raley Field became the center of attention at the West Sacramento-Sacramento nexus on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, when the San Francisco Giants played their top minor-league affiliate, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On the field and
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A sold-out Raley Field became the center of attention at the West Sacramento-Sacramento nexus on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, when the San Francisco Giants played their top minor-league affiliate, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On the field and
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Want to see Giants play, but don’t want to drive 2 hours? River Cats did you a favor.

By Noel Harris

nharris@sacbee.com

August 03, 2017 04:58 PM

The River Cats are ready to welcome their parent club back to Raley Field.

The Giants will come to West Sacramento for a exhibition game on March 24, 2018. It’s the second time the Giants will play a game at their Triple-A affiliate’s ballpark.

March 24, 2018. Save the date. #ClawsUp #WeAreSF pic.twitter.com/CNVYsCasCF

— River Cats (@RiverCats) August 3, 2017

“Returning to Raley Field is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip to Sacramento in 2016,” Giants President & CEO Larry Baer said in an announcement on the River Cats’ website. “Our partnership with the River Cats and our shared fanbase in the Sacramento region have both grown stronger over the last three seasons and this is another opportunity for us to participate in that community.”

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In the first meeting on March 30, 2016, the Giants won 8-4 in a sold-out affair.

“This is just so huge to have the Giants in town,” River Cats President Jeff Savage said at the time. “You can really feel the buzz.”

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence and Johnny Cueto were among the Giants who played in the game, which was televised locally.

“The fan reaction in 2016 exceeded even our expectations and we knew we needed to host the Giants again,” River Cats general manager Chip Maxson said, according to the team’s website. “The opportunity to see the Giants of the future alongside your favorite San Francisco Giants in an intimate setting like Raley Field is unlike any other experience.”

The River Cats website says only season-ticket holders are guaranteed access to the game. For more information, call 916-371-4487 or visit rivercats.com.