Las Vegas Aviators Season Begins Thursday Night

The Las Vegas Aviators professional baseball team of Triple-A West, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will host the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in the 39th season of professional baseball in the Silver State, on Thursday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m. at Las Vegas Ballpark.

The first homestand will consist of the six-game series against the River Cats from Thursday through Tuesday, May 6-11. All games will begin at 7:05 p.m. except for Sunday, May 9 (Mother’s Day) at 12:05 p.m.

The season and home opener on Thursday, May 6 will feature the first of 10 games broadcast live on YurView on Cox Channel 14 and 1014 in high-definition.

The Aviators will return to the field for the first time in nearly 20 months. The last Triple-A game that was played at Las Vegas Ballpark was on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Sacramento defeated Las Vegas, 7-3, in the deciding game of the best-of-five PCL Conference Championship series.

The 2021 season will feature six-game series against opponents from Thursday-Tuesday and off days on Wednesday for a total of 120 games (60-home; 60-away).

The Aviators are in their 39th season of professional baseball in the Silver State and have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada.

TRIPLE-A WEST: Formerly the Pacific Coast League (118 years, 1903-2020), Triple-A West will consist of two divisions for a total of 10 teams. Western Division: Las Vegas Aviators, Reno Aces, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Tacoma Rainiers; Eastern Division: Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Round Rock Express, Sugar Land Skeeters.

FIRST HOMESTAND PROMOTIONS:

Friday, May 7: Postgame FIREWORKS show!

Tuesday, May 11: Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”)

LAS VEGAS AVIATORS LEAD 2019 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN HOME ATTENDANCE:

The Aviators led Triple-A baseball (30 teams: 16 in PCL; 14 in International League) and all minor league baseball in total home attendance (650,934) and average (9,299 in 70 dates).

The Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, led the IL in total home attendance and average (590,504 – 8,684 average in 68 dates).

2019 LAS VEGAS BALLPARK ATTENDANCE: In 70 dates, Las Vegas total was 650,934 for an average of 9,299 (47 sellouts). The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in “home” attendance in all 37 seasons (1983-2019; 2020 season canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic). The all-time attendance total now stands at 12,651,945.

In 36 seasons at Cashman Field (1983-2016), the attendance total was 12,001,011.

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