(Las Vegas, NV) – September 17, 2023 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will host intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the opener of the six-game series on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:05 p.m. at Las Vegas Ballpark®. The 11th homestand of the regular season will consist of six games against the Aces from Tuesday-Sunday, September 19-24. All games on the final homestand of the regular season will begin at 7:05 p.m. except for the season finale on Sunday at 12:05 p.m.
The series opener on Tuesday, September 19 will feature the final live broadcast of the season (10 games) on YurView Cox Channel 14.
The Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network (SSSEN), channel 5.2 and on Cox cable channel 125, will televise two games against Reno on Wednesday, September 20 and Friday, September 22.
The Aviators, under manager Fran Riordan, are 74-69 (.517) overall and 40-29 (.580) in the second half in the West Division. The following are the standings for the second-half of the 10-team PCL:
PCL Standings (10 teams, second-half winner):
W-L, Pct., GB, Remaining Schedule
Round Rock Express, 41-28 (.594) - - ,at Tacoma (September 19-24)
Las Vegas Aviators, 40-29 (.580), 1.0, vs. Reno (September 19-24)
Reno Aces, 39-30 (.565), 2.0
Tacoma Rainiers, 38-31 (.551), 3.0
NOTE: The Oklahoma City Dodgers are the winner of the PCL first-half and will host the winner of the second half in the best-of-three league championship series (LCS) from Tuesday-Thursday, September 26-28 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers have the best overall record in Triple-A (30 teams) at 87-55 (.613).
The Aviators concluded a six-game Texas road trip against the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, on Sunday, September 17. The PCL will have an off day on Monday, September 18.
The Aviators are in their 40th Anniversary season in the Silver State and have the proud distinction of being Nevada’s longest enduring professional sports franchise.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE: The Pacific Coast League (120th season, 1903-2020, 2022 -) 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 Space Cowboys.
Tuesday, September 19: Las Vegas Reyes de Plata “Silver Kings”
Wednesday, September 20: Bark in the Park, Presented by Subaru of Las Vegas
Thursday, September 21: $2.00 Beer Night
Friday, September 22: Firework Friday & 1983 Las Vegas Stars Throwback Game
Saturday, September 23: *Aviators Auto Racing Jersey Night
Sunday, September 24: Fan Appreciation Day (Weekend)
*first 2,000 fans through the gates
KEVIN KRUGER CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels head basketball coach Kevin Kruger will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Runnin’ Rebels basketball team will also be in attendance for the pre-game festivities. Kruger guided UNLV to a 19-13 (.594) overall record in his second season as head coach in 2022-23. He played point guard at UNLV and was a member of the 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team as a senior. The Runnin’ Rebels compiled an overall record of 30-7 under head coach Lon Kruger.
TRIPLE-A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30):
The winners of the two LCS (Tuesday-Thursday, September 26-28) will advance to Las Vegas Ballpark, which also hosted last season’s Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend, for the Triple-A National Championship Game (International League vs. Pacific Coast League) on Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m. PT on the MLB Network.
NOTE: The Triple-A season will be split into two halves and the first half concluded on Sunday, June 25. The second half began on Wednesday, June 28. The regular season will conclude on Sunday, September 24.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers are the winner of the PCL first-half and will host the second-half winner. The Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are the winner of the International League first-half and will host the second-half winner.
2023 LAS VEGAS BALLPARK ATTENDANCE: In 68 dates, Las Vegas total is 455,051 for an average of 6,692 with 14 sellouts. The season-high crowd was 10,850 (sellout) vs. Tacoma on April 29 and the all-time attendance total now stands at 14,053,586. The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 40 seasons (1983-2019, 2021-23).
The Las Vegas Ballpark regular season attendance total over four seasons (2019, 2021 -) is 2,052,575 which includes 78 sellouts.
In 36 seasons at Cashman Field (1983-2018), the attendance total was 12,001,011.
2023 AVIATORS TICKET INFORMATION: Individual game tickets are on sale through aviatorslv.com and the Las Vegas Ballpark Box Office.
BOX OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday from noon – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:05 p.m. game (September 24 – season finale) from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday – Closed
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA accessible seats will also be available to purchase at the box office and through ticketmaster.com.
The Aviators will also be offering a military discount (active duty and retired) of $5.00 off each ticket purchased and is available through GovX.com or at the box office.
The individual game tickets for the 75-game home season are subject to availability and dynamic pricing.
Tickets starting at:
Home Plate Diamond: $50.00 + Fees
Home Plate Prime: $45.00 + Fees
Home Plate Box: $37.00 + Fees
Dugout Prime: $29.00 + Fees
Dugout Box: $25.00 + Fees
Outfield Box: $18.00 + Fees
Corners: $25.00 + Fees
Home Run Porch: $25.00 + Fees
Berm/Standing Room Only: $13.00 + Fees
Club Prime: $55.00 + Fees
Club Box: $50.00 + Fees
Pricing is subject to change
Reno’s roster features one of the Top 10 prospects in the Diamondbacks organization, according to Baseball America:
Left-handed pitcher Blake Walston (No. 9).
Infielder Phillip Evans is also a member of the Aces roster. Evans played for the Las Vegas 51s from 2017-18 as a member of the New York Mets organization. He currently ranks 5th in the PCL in batting with a .313 average (141-for-451) with 23 doubles, nine home runs and 81 RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Nabil Crismatt is also a member of the Aces roster. Crismatt played for the Las Vegas 51s in 2018 as a member of the New York Mets organization. He has played in parts of three Major League seasons with the San Diego Padres (2021-23).
SILVER STATE DIAMOND CHALLENGE_:_ In 2009, Las Vegas and Reno developed the Silver State Diamond Challenge and the “Silver Plate Trophy” to add to the excitement to the rivalry for the two PCL teams that represent the state of Nevada. Reno defeated Las Vegas, 3-games-to-1, in the 2015 PCL Conference Championship Series.
The 2023 campaign marks the 14th season of the S.S.D.C.
CHAMPION OF THE SILVER STATE DIAMOND CHALLENGE:
2009: Las Vegas 51s (series tied 8-8 and won the “Draw of the Cards” between the two Mayors)
2010: Reno Aces (Reno won series 11-games-to-5)
2011: Reno Aces (series tied 8-8, Aces retain trophy)
2012: Reno Aces (series tied 8-8, Aces retain trophy)
2013: Las Vegas 51s (Las Vegas won series 13-games-to-3)
2014: Las Vegas 51s (series tied 8-8, Las Vegas retains trophy)
2015: Las Vegas 51s (Las Vegas won series 11-games-to-5, Las Vegas retains trophy)
2016: Reno Aces (Reno won series 9-games-to-7)
2017: Reno Aces (Reno won series 12-games-to-4, Reno retains trophy)
2018: Las Vegas 51s (Las Vegas won series 10-games-6)
2019: Las Vegas Aviators (Las Vegas won series 11-games-to-5, Las Vegas retains trophy)
2020: MiLB season canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021: Reno Aces (Reno won series 15-games-to-10)
2022: Reno Aces (Reno won series 22-games-to-8, Reno retains trophy)
2023: Reno Aces lead the series 10-games-to-8
Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings’’): Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) unveiled, on March 21, the schedule of games and the 95-on field Hispanic identities for this season’s Copa de la Diversión® (Fun Cup™) event series. Continuing its annual expansion into more communities, eight new teams joined Copa de la Diversión (“Copa”) this season, with four teams with rebranded personas that includes more than 400 games in 95 communities, covering 36 U.S. states.
The Aviators have transformed to the Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”) for five seasons (2017-19, 2021-22). The Reyes de Plata will take the field celebrating the city and state’s pioneering history at the forefront of the precious metal mining business that continues to define the Silver State today. The 2023 Reyes de Plata remaining Tuesday home schedule includes: September 19.
Aviators on Radio in 2023: Russ Langer will broadcast the 149 games on Raider Nation Radio 920 AM (selected games on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 98.9 FM) on www.aviatorslv.com. Langer is in his 23rd season broadcasting baseball to the Las Vegas Valley and 36th year overall in the business. The sixth game of the 2023 campaign marked his 3,000th broadcast for the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars/51s/Aviators franchise. Over his career, Langer has received numerous awards, including being named 1993 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. In 1995 and 2016, he broadcast the Triple-A All-Star game; in 1999, he was named the New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year; and in 2002, he was named Minor League Broadcaster of the Year by Minor League News.com. Langer also is a 11-time recipient (seven consecutive years from 2007-13) of the Nevada Sportscaster of the Year award (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2021), which is presented by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). In 2022, Langer also completed his 11th season as the radio play-by-play voice for the UNLV football team on the UNLV Sports Properties/ Learfield Network.
Matt Neverett will also serve as the play-by-play voice for home games and selected road games. Matt is in his fourth season with the Aviators, and his third in the broadcast booth.
All Aviators games (home & away) will also be broadcast on Bally Live and MiLB.TV via aviatorslv.com.
2023 Las Vegas Aviators group tickets, including suites, party decks and the pool are available by calling the Aviators administrative offices at (702) 943-7200 or emailing [email protected].
Official licensed Aviators team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.aviatorslv.com.
About Las Vegas Aviators®
The Las Vegas Aviators® have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2023 campaign marks the 40th Anniversary Season in the Silver State (1983-2023) as a proud member of Triple-A professional baseball of the Pacific Coast League and the fourth season in Las Vegas Ballpark (8,196). The Aviators led all minor league baseball in 2019 attendance with a total of 650,934 for an average of 9,299. Las Vegas recorded 47 sellouts and 23 crowds of 10,000+.
In 2021, Las Vegas led Triple-A West in home attendance with a total of 428,369 for an average of 6,590.
The Aviators were the recipient of the 2021 Baseball America Triple-A Freitas Award, given to the organization of the year at each level of the Minor Leagues.
In 2022, Las Vegas led the PCL in home attendance with a total of 518,221 for an average of 6,910. It marked the second-highest attendance total for a single season in franchise history.
The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18)/Aviators (2019 - present) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 40 seasons (36 seasons at Cashman Field, 1983-2018; Las Vegas Ballpark, 2019, 2021-23). The Aviators are in their fourth season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.
About Las Vegas Ballpark®
Las Vegas Ballpark®, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin® just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city's professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The team is wholly owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the award-winning master-planned community of Summerlin® and developer of Las Vegas Ballpark. With a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids' zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall, Las Vegas Ballpark boasts a capacity of 8,196. Designed to host a variety of events in addition to baseball, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master-planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. For more on Las Vegas Ballpark, visit www.thelvballpark.com.
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