They're getting ready to play ball in Stockton. Construction crews are still working on the façade and landscaping at Banner Island Ballpark on the city's waterfront.
Inside the stadium workers are mowing the field, preparing the concession stands and testing a large scoreboard. Standing among the seats down the left field line, Ports General Manager Mike McCarroll points out the feeling of intimacy the fans will have.
"Some people just say that you know 'there's not a bad seat in the house'. When it comes to this ballpark it's really true, there is not a bad seat in the house. We're literally on top of the third baseman."
All 52 hundred seats have been sold for the opener with the San Jose Giants. The Ports say tickets have been selling so well, they expect about 45-hundred fans per home game for the rest of the season.
(Photo courtesy: Stockton Ports)