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It’s a new ball game

Sellout crowd of more than 8,000 expected for Travs’ opener.

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The anticipation is over. The new home of the Arkansas Travelers will welcome the team and fans to its first game tonight (April 12).

Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock will have more than 8,000 fans crowded into its confines for the Travelers’ home opener against the Frisco RoughRiders. The first pitch is at 7:10 p.m. The game has been sold out for more than a week, including standing-room-only tickets.

Dickey-Stephens, named for two Arkansas-born brothers who played major league baseball ( Bill and George Dickey) who later worked for two Arkansas-born entrepreneurs (Witt and Jack Stephens), will hold about 5,500 fans in its reserved and box-seat sections, plus 24 sky boxes. A general admission bleacher section is situated down the first-base line, harking back to Ray Winder Field’s third-base bleachers. Another 1,500 or more fans can comfortably sit in the grass berm areas behind the outfield fence.

Concession areas offer a view of the action while the game is in progress. The stadium also has its own restaurant, run by the team, called Valentine’s. Scott McGehee, owner of Boulevard Bread Co. and one of the leading chefs in the city, is the executive chef at Valentine’s.

According to Travs officials, plenty of tickets remain for the rest of the opening home stand, which includes Friday and Saturday games at 7:10 p.m. against Frisco. Midland comes to town for a 4 p.m. game Sunday, a 10:30 a.m. Monday game geared to area students, and a 7:10 p.m. game on Tuesday.

Box seats are $10. Reserved seating is $8 for adults, $7 for active military and $4 for children 14 years older and younger. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for active military and $3 for children 14 and younger. Call 664-7559 for tickets. Call the Travs office at 664-1555 for more information on the team, or visit www.travs.com.

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