By Alan Snel of LVSportsBiz.com
The Independence Day Eve game started at 6 p.m., so the shadows had an hour’s head start for today’s minor league game between the Las Vegas Aviators and the Rock Rock Express, the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The game drew a monster-sized crowd at the Las Vegas Ballpark, the baseball field with the naming rights deal funded by the Las Vegas tourism agency but used primarily by locals.
The game was sold out and the foot traffic in the main hall is packed with fans, especially at the third base side grill and near the food and drink stands.
So, even if there are empty seats, the occupants of these grandstand seats walk around the hall in 360 degrees to buy food, drinks or merchandise.
The Aviators said attendance was 11,368 – the third-largest crowd in Las Vegas Ballpark history.
Many fans chose the concrete outfield for their football game photo.
The $150 million ballpark is very different from Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas, where the old 51s played.
The biggest change is the upgrade to premium experiences at a minor league ballpark where there are 22 suites, including one used by the aforementioned LVCVA tourism agency, and the large club area with a bar and buffet. . These photos below are the work of talented photographer J. Tyge O’Donnell.
Opportunities for one-on-one contact between players and children are available before matches.
The 4th of July is Monday and the Sunday crowd was filled with children. In fact, Francis, the makeup artist known as the “Amazing Star Girl,” said she had done a record 140 paintings for children.
The Aviators’ next home game is July 12.