(Las Vegas, NV) – July 27, 2021 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of Triple-A West (formerly the Pacific Coast League, PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will host the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, in the opener of a six-game series on Thursday, July 29 at 7:05 p.m. at Las Vegas Ballpark®. The sixth homestand will feature 12 games against the Rainiers (Thursday-Tuesday, July 29 – August 3) and the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, in a six-game series from Thursday-Tuesday, August 5-10. All games on the homestand will begin at 7:05 p.m. Triple-A West will have a league-wide off day on Wednesday, August 4.
The third game of the series vs. Salt Lake on Saturday, August 7 will feature the seventh of 10 games broadcast live on YurView on Cox Channel 14 and 1014 in high-definition.
The Aviators, 36-35, under manager Fran Riordan, are concluding a six-game road trip in Salt Lake City, Utah against the Bees on Tuesday, July 27.
The 2021 season will feature six-game series against opponents from Thursday-Tuesday and off days on Wednesday (except from September 22 – October 3) and will feature 130 games (65-home; 65-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 consists 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.
Thursday, July 29: $2.00 Beer Night, presented by Corona
Friday, July 30: *Car Trunk Organizer, presented by Pulte Homes
Saturday, July 31: Steiner’s Beer Cups, presented by Steiner’s
Tuesday, August 3: Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”)
Thursday, August 5: $2.00 Beer Night, presented by Corona
Friday, August 6: Fireworks Show
Saturday, August 7: *Aviators T-Shirt Night, presented by The Valley Health System
Tuesday, August 10: Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”)
*first 2,000 fans
2021 LAS VEGAS BALLPARK ATTENDANCE: In 36 dates, Las Vegas total is 228,643 (leads Triple-A West) for an average of 6,351 (50% capacity from May 6-11, May 20-25; 100% capacity began on June 10) with three sellouts. The Aviators season-high crowd was 10,190 (sellout) vs. Sacramento on July 3 and the Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in “home” attendance in all 37 seasons (1983-2019). The all-time attendance total now stands at 12,880,588.
In 36 seasons at Cashman Field (1983-2018), the attendance total was 12,001,011.
Tacoma’s roster features one of the top 10 prospects in the Mariners organization, according to Baseball America: outfielder Taylor Trammell (No. 6). Four former Las Vegas 51s/Aviators players are members of the Rainiers roster: INF/OF Eric Campbell (2013-16, 2019), RHP Ryan Dull (2019), RHP Brian Schlitter (2019, 2021) and RHP Logan Verrett (2014-16).
Salt Lake’s roster features three of the top 10 prospects in the Angels organization, according to Baseball America: Top prospect: outfielder Joe Adell; right-handed pitcher Chris Rodriguez (No. 3) and left-handed pitcher Reid Detmers (No. 4). Former Las Vegas 51s infielder Gavin Cecchini (2016-18) is also a member of the Salt Lake roster.
Copa de la Diversión, MiLB’s season-long “Fun Cup” celebration of Hispanic communities across the baseball landscape, returns in 2021 with its most packed itinerary yet. Nearly two-thirds of Minor League teams will participate in the initiative this year (65.8%, 79 of 120 teams) -- the largest percentage of clubs in the five-year history of the program -- and the logos, uniforms and identities are as vibrant than ever.
Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings’’): The Aviators will transform to Reyes de Plata and 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. Note: The remaining Reyes de Plata 2021 date is Tuesday, August 24.
Minor League Baseball announced on Feb. 18, 2019 the second annual Copa de la Diversión® (Fun Cup™) event series that took place during the 2019 campaign. MiLB, on July 24, 2017, launched Es Divertido Ser Un Fan, a new multi-cultural fan engagement platform aimed at specifically connecting with Hispanic/Latino baseball fans in the then- 160 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program debuted in August 2017 in select MiLB markets, including Las Vegas, Charlotte, North Carolina; Kane County, Illinois; and Visalia, California, with national expansion implemented in the 2018 season.
Following an off-day on Wednesday, August 11, the Aviators will embark on a six-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The series will run from Thursday-Tuesday, August 12-17.
The Aviators will broadcast all games on Lotus Broadcasting on Raider Nation Radio AM 920, which will carry live all 130 regular season games. Also, all games will be available on the Aviators website (Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLBAM) at www.aviatorslv.com. Russ Langer, the 10-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), is in his 21st season behind the microphone calling Aviators baseball.
All Aviators games (home & away) will also be broadcast on MiLB.TV via aviatorslv.com.
Individual Game Tickets: Aviators tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.
Hospitality group areas, including suites, party decks and the pool area in right-center field are available by calling the Aviators administrative offices at (702) 943-7200.
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 2021 campaign will mark the 39th season in the Silver State as a proud member of Triple-A professional baseball of Triple-A West (formerly the Pacific Coast League, PCL) and the second season in Las Vegas Ballpark (10,000). 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+.
The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18)/Aviators (2019) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 37 seasons (36 seasons at Cashman Field, 1983-2018; Las Vegas Ballpark, 2019). The Aviators are also in their second 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 Triple-A West (formerly the Pacific Coast League, PCL) 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 10,000. 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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