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Las Vegas Aviators surpass inaugural season expectations

Team officials say inaugural season surpassed all expectations
Posted: 5:31 PM, Sep 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 08:20:01-04
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SUMMERLIN (KTNV) — It’s an exciting day for the Las Vegas Aviators' fans, the team is heading to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

On Labor Day, the players edged a win over the Tacoma Rainiers by a score of 3 to 2.

Fans were eager to cheer on the team during the 140th game of the season.

Team officials say the inaugural season surpassed all their expectations and fans tell 13 Action News they couldn’t agree more.

"We were here the first game. It was a cold windy night. It was a great time. We've been to 40- something games."

"It's pretty exciting. We like coming to local games."

"My favorite part is just watching the game and cheering it on."

Fans tell 13 Action news the new stadium is "so cool."

"Is beautiful. We like the new name, I like the colors, orange is a good color."

"Everything is so much fun up here." Jim Gemma, the media director, couldn't agree more with fans.

He says the stadium is "by far the best in the minor league baseball."

Aviators ballpark

He also says the team's performance has been better than other minor league baseball teams.

"We knew we were going to do well but to do what we've done has been amazing," Gemma says.

The Aviators sold-out 46 of their home games, and topped off the season's attendance at about 650,000 fans.

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It's been five years since the Aviators advanced to the playoffs, the focus now is winning it.

"Obviously, in baseball, it's a grind. Winning is very important even if players are developing in a minor league team," Gemma says.

Meanwhile, the players get ready to play the Sacramento River Cats next week, fans say they are already for next year’s season.

"Heck yeah! I'm always looking forward to the next baseball season."