June 23,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – Fans, we thank you. And we think the numbers will only
grow from here.
Going into Monday’s home game against the Bend Elks (7:11pm, Sports Traders
Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, www.harbourcats.com/tickets), your Victoria
HarbourCats lead the West Coast League in average attendance with 1,457 per
game (six home games). All WCL regular season home games so far have been
weeknight games, as the team’s schedule is heavy on weekend games, and five
afternoon games to come, when the schedule moves to July and August.
“We think that number can grow with the way our schedule is shaped in the
last half of the season,” said General Manager Jim Swanson. “We have an
important three-game home series with the Bend Elks that starts tonight,
and then we’re into our Canada Day series with the Kitsap Blue Jackets
visiting Victoria. All our Friday-Saturday-Sunday dates are still to come.
“We believe that with this market, with the support of the City of Victoria
and the facility we play in, and with hard work and creativity in our
marketing efforts, it’s possible for our support to reach 2,000 or more per
game on average. We know this, the atmosphere at the park when there are
those big-crowd nights, it’s electric, and the players and coaches have
commented on how they feed off that as well.”
The HarbourCats have 21 home games remaining, and the season-high crowd to
date was a Tuesday, the 3,038 on Opening Night. The first Bobblehead Night
in team history, featuring Kelly Norris-Jones, gave that game a great
feeling and energy as well.
“What is encouraging is how many different people we see at games, coming
out and having fun, it’s not the same fans every night,” said Swanson.
“There are a lot of exciting events to come. We still have fireworks
nights, our Harvey the HarbourCat Bobblehead Night, a baseball card
giveaway, and some very special things planned for our first afternoon
game, which is on Canada Day. The things we’re doing to have fun at the
park this season seem to have our fans smiling and enjoying themselves, and
that’s the whole point. The food service options, the between-innings
shenanigans, and our affordable price points seem to be a good mixture.”
*STARTING PITCHING ROTATION* – Head Coach Bob Miller has named his starting
rotation for the Bend Elks series, that goes Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday at
Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. First pitch tonight is
Monday – *RHP Andrew Nelson*, University of Kentucky – 0-2, 5.58 ERA in two
starts, victimized by four unearned runs in those starts
Tuesday – *RHP Logan Lombana*, Long Beach State – 0-1, 1.63 in two starts,
seven strikeouts and just two walks in 11 innings
Wednesday – *RHP Mikey Wright*, San Jose State – 2-1, 3.50 in three
games/two starts, 13 Ks and four walks, and 14 hits allowed, in 18 innings