The paint is hardly dry on the new Reno Aces baseball stadium, but the season has started and games are being held there regularly. Sunday was Little League Day, so Sam and his T-Ball team got to march around the field in a big parade before the first pitch was thrown. Then we sat down and watched the Aces try to keep their three-game winning streak alive with a fourth win over the Portland Beavers. They couldn’t pull it off, losing 6-7. And then because the kids were restless and wouldn’t keep their seats, we got to explore every inch of the new stadium.
Although the cost of building this stadium, not to mention the prices of tickets and refreshments, seem like an unnecessary extravagance these days, I think it’s still a positive addition to downtown Reno. Phase 2 of the development, which is still in the planning stages, will see a few restaurants and stores built on the front lawn of the ballpark, creating a “Freight House District“, named for the historic warehouse next door. If this is all successful it could create another destination spot for Reno, something to do downtown besides the casinos and the river, downtown’s only two big draws right now. As it was, after the game was over probably 80% of the crowd streamed over to the parking garage across the street and went home or went somewhere else for dinner. Having more to do right next to the ballpark would encourage people to stay a while; hopefully the plans can come together and the Freight House District will develop into a place people want to come to even when the baseball season is over.
More pictures from the day are on Flickr.