December 11, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – Our fans spoke. The Victoria HarbourCats listened. The HarbourCats are excited to announce that BUCKET-‐STYLE SEATS WITH BACKS will be installed by the City of Victoria in six sections of Royal Athletic Park for the 2014 West Coast League season, making our fans’ experience entirely more comfortable.
The new seats will replace existing bench-‐style seating. The upgrade will improve more than 1,300 seats of the RAP baseball configuration.
The improvements will give each spectator more room with comfortable back support and it allows the HarbourCats to simplify the pricing structure to two options. Even with these marked improvements, season ticket pricing will remain the same as 2013 (detailed chart, below).
“This is all about the comfort of our fans, who fell in love with HarbourCats baseball in 2013, and listening to ways we can give them a better fan experience,” said General Manager Jim Swanson, who is now spearheading plans for the 2014 WCL season – securing sponsors, and planning logistics. “Our fans will be able to choose exactly where they want to sit to enjoy HarbourCats home games. If fans want to sit in the sun in a premium seat, they can do that, or they can elect to be under cover in the Grandstand in a premium location, which already has seat-‐backs.”
All seats along the diamond, ringing the field from first base to third base, will have seat-‐backs (Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). Previously, only Section 10 had seat-‐backs. Aluminum bleachers in the upper rows and seats situated beyond first base (Sections 6, 7) will remain as General Admission, rush seating.
“We will again offer the also-‐popular flex packs,” said Swanson. “The HarbourCats are proud to offer affordable family entertainment for Island baseball fans, and we can’t wait for the June 10 home opener.”
SEASON TICKET 10-‐GAME FLEX PACK Grandstand/Blue
General Admission (Yellow/Bleacher) $9.50 $225
$87.40 Other Mini-‐Packs
**Announcements to come, with Christmas promotions below
**SEASON TICKETS, FLEX PACKS AND CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS AVAILABLE NOW**
**SINGLE-‐GAME TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN APRIL**
PRO M O TI O N AL TI CK ET PACK AG ES N O W AVAI L ABL E
Just in time for the stocking, or under the tree, come special offers from the Victoria HarbourCats.
WINBACK ON SEASON TICKETS – On all season tickets purchased prior to Christmas, the buyer’s name goes into a draw and one lucky fan will win a voucher for that equal amount in team merchandise.
OPENING SERIES, THREE-‐FOR-‐$36 – A voucher for a trio of PREMIUM SEATS (Grandstand/Blue), one ticket for each game in the first home series of the year (June 10-‐11-‐12, vs. West Division-‐rival Cowlitz Black Bears, savings of $7.50). Buy two packages for $70 (savings of $17).
FIVE-‐FOR-‐$55, WITH A CHRISTMAS TWIST – Voucher for five PREMIUM SEATS, to redeem at any game. This offer is only good until Christmas because it comes with a bonus – a $10 credit toward HarbourCats merchandise. This is a whopping savings of $17.50!
2013 MERCHANDISE PRICING – All HarbourCats Gear from 2013 is available, including the popular New
Era fitted game caps, Nike hoodies and dri-‐fit shirts. A brand new version of the HarbourCats New
Era game cap, with yellow accents added to the HC logo, sells for $35 – but only until Jan. 1, when
2014 pricing takes effect.
TO PURCHASE, VISIT THE NEW OFFICE at 101-‐1814 VANCOUVER STREET, or CALL 778-‐265-‐0327.
*Christmas promotional packages not available on-‐line. www.harbourcats.com @harbourcats, facebook.com/harbourcats.
About the West Coast League
The West Coast League features a competitive level of play and recruits players from high-‐calibre baseball programs at colleges and universities across North America. With the addition of the as-‐yet-‐named Yakima franchise, the WCL will have 12 teams in three divisions for the 2014 season, with franchises located in B.C., Washington and Oregon. The Victoria HarbourCats are in the West Division with the the Bellingham Bells, Kitsap BlueJackets of Bremerton, Wash., and Cowlitz Black Bears of Kelso/Longview, Wash. The54-‐game regular season starts June 6 and runs through August 10, with playoffs to follow. The home-‐opener for the HarbourCats in 2014 is Tuesday, June 10, against the Cowlitz Black Bears, at Royal Athletic Park.