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- $14 for two tickets to see the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Salt Lake Bees (a $29.26 value)
- Where: Cheney Stadium
- Seating: Reserved
- Door time: One hour before first pitch
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Dates and Times
- The home opener on Friday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 13, at 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m.
The Scouting Report
As the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, the Rainiers rumble into the 2013 season with a roster of future big leaguers, including four of the organization's top five prospects, as ranked by Baseball America. The Mariners' top prospect, catcher Mike Zunino, anchors the team as he develops into a future star. During Opening Day on April 4, Zunino made a big splash in his debut, not by rolling out a slip-n-slide between home plate and the pitcher's mound, but instead by going 3–4 with a homerun and three RBIs in a 9–1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies. The Rainiers' first home series of the season will give fans their first chance to catch Zunino in action, along with familiar faces like infielder Alex Liddi and outfielder Carlos Peguero.
For decades, the city of Tacoma was the minor league home of MLB teams from across the country. It hosted affiliates of the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, and even the New York Yankees for one season. In 1995, the Seattle Mariners took over Tacoma's team and instantly inherited the long-time organizational name, the Rainiers. The alliance has seen much success over the years, including a Pacific Coast League championship in 2010, a title the club had to win on the road while Cheney Stadium was groggy from anesthesia as it endured drastic renovations.
Those renovations earned the facility a "2011 Renovation of the Year" award from Ballpark Digest. Once dubbed the "100-Day Wonder" thanks to its hasty construction before the 1960 season, Cheney Stadium features an iconic 75-foot wooden exterior façade. Inside, the stadium now boasts such modern amenities as luxury suites, a restaurant, and a grass berm along right field. Despite all the updates, though, the stadium has preserved its epic 29-foot tall batter's eye in centerfield, which sits a distant 425 feet—or, the equivalent of 5,437 sunflower seeds—from home plate.