Sutter Health Park
Review by Gary
Sutter Health Park is located near downtown Sacramento, California and is home of the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League. When I attended a game in 2003, the Cats were affiliated with the Oakland A’s but now are in the SF Giants family. The stadium has 10,624 seats with plenty of extra room for another 3,000 or so standing room or lawn seating in the outfield. Its original capacity was decreased in 2005 with the addition of a party deck.
The stadium affords a great view of the Sacramento skyline and the very cool and historic Tower Bridge that spans the Sacramento River to California’s capital city. The single tower video scoreboard is more tall than wide so as not to detract from the stunning views of the buildings across the river.
I attended a River Cats night game in 2003 on the first day of my California baseball road trip that started with a San Francisco Giants game at PacBell earlier that day. The horseshoe shaped seating section wraps from foul pole to foul pole and provides some shade beneath the luxury boxes. Most every seat is at field level, so there are superb places to catch the action all around the park. On this Sunday evening game, I was treated to an offensive extravaganza by the River Cats as they mauled the Edmonton Trappers by a score of 15-3. The River Cats would go on to become the PCL League Champions that year.
Any baseball trip to the Bay area of San Francisco should include a trip to Sutter Health Park, one of my favorite ballparks I have visited in all my travels.