The Victoria Harbourcats are an amateur, wood-bat baseball team who play in the West Coast League (WCL) at the Royal Athletic Park, located at 1014 Caledonia Ave in Victoria, British Columbia. The WCL is a summer league that draws elite level players from different college teams from various conferences across North America. Most of the team members will only play together for one short summer season before heading back to school in September.
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The city has fully embraced the return of baseball to the park with the Victoria Harbourcats record-setting attendance levels. And when the team does things like win 19 consecutive games as they did in 2016, it fuels the excitement for even more people to attend. In 2018, West Coast League game attendance at Royal Athletic Park was in excess of 62,000 fans!
With so much competition for entertainment dollars, it is nice to see the Victoria Harbourcats drawing sell-out or near sell-out crowds. Warm summer nights help too. As do promotions and events and the team has plenty of those lined up for their home games with things like fireworks nights, bobble-head giveaways, bark in the park (bring your dog to a game) and fan appreciation night.
Every team needs a mascot and Victoria’s hometown baseball team is no different. Meet Harvey the Harbourcat. Harvey is naturally on hand at games to interact with fans but also makes appearances at community and minor baseball events. If you would like him to attend one of your events, contact the team directly.
Royal Athletic Park is a multi-purpose, fully-lit, natural grass 5,700 seat capacity stadium. Some of the seating is in a covered grandstand, 1,300 are bucket seats with backrests that replaced some of the bleachers in 2014 and in 2018 a new fan experience was added with a double-decker bus. Yes, you read that right! The Wilson’s Group have agreed to a 5-year deal that will see the stadium now called Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park and they have created a unique seating section with a vintage double decker bus that has been retrofitted to hold groups of 30 to 40 fans! Really, how Victoria is that!
In addition to being home to the Harbourcats, Royal Athletic Park hosts other sporting events and annual festivals that include Rifflandia and the Great Canadian Beer Festival.
With general admission tickets starting at under $15, popular food trucks on site, nightly promotions and a competitive team on the field, a Cats ball game makes perfect summer time fun.
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