New baseball option: Reno Aces

120px-aces_iiAnother option for baseball fans in the Sierra foothills and Sierra is coming starting April 17: a trip “over the hill” to Reno to watch the Aces.

The Aces are the AAA club for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League, with teams from Sacramento and Fresno, among others. The Ace’s coach is former L.A. Dodger Brett Butler.

The team will play in a new $50 million downtown stadium near the Truckee River, and tickets start at $7 for general admission. A Webcam showing the ballpark construction is here.

The Aces franchise was purchased by SK Baseball, led by managing partner Stuart Katzoff, in 2007. The team had been the Tuscon Sidewinders, a cool name to drop.

But naming a team after a playing card is more in line with Reno, and the “Biggest Little City in the World” could use a shot in the arm tourism-wise. Vegas and Indian gaming have taken a toll on Reno, even before the recession.

Katzoff’s group also has plans to build a retail complex adjacent to the stadium, sprucing up a more rundown part of town. A similar plan worked in downtown Fresno.

Minor league ball is a fun, less expensive and more intimate experience than going to a major league game. While it’s tough to beat AT&T Park in San Francisco, we’ll give it a shot this summer.

If we did some shopping at Cosco before heading “over the hill,” to Tahoe or back here, I’d never tell you. There’s also a cool butcher and fresh-fish market in Reno called Butcher Boy Prime. They’ll pack your order on ice to go. And there’s the new Cabela’s, off I-80 in Boomtown.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “New baseball option: Reno Aces”

  1. Minor league baseball is good baseball. No over paid, arrogant hot shots. Just a bunch of highly skilled athletes trying to make it to the “Bigs”. Any one who wants to see true teamwork should go to a minor league ball game.

    My grandson, son in law and I can see a good game of baseball for about $75, including excellent seats, 3 bags of peanuts, 3 dogs, two beers and a soda in Modesto. Compare that to AT&T Park for far off nose bleed seats and overpriced consessions for well over $200.

    I will be doing some business with the Commerative (nee Confederate) Air Force in Modesto this spring and summer and plan to schedule that business around Modesto Nuts home games. Just peanuts a dog and maybe a beer. No crab cioppino, lobster or pastrami sandwich, just the baseball basics.

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