The Sacramento River Cats baseball team announced Saturday that it would be adding an enclosed club with a bar and patio to its stadium in West Sacramento.
Raley Field’s 5,000-square-foot Western Health Advantage Legacy Club will be open to River Cats season ticket holders, team spokesman Mark Ling said.
Ling declined to say how much it would cost to build the club, but said it’s the most expensive and significant addition to Raley Field since the stadium was built in 2000 at a cost of $46.5 million.
Construction is set to begin immediately after the last game this season on Sept. 1, and the club is scheduled to open by April.
The addition comes after about a year of discussion and shopping around for a partner organization to help finance the project before a deal was struck with Western Health Advantage, a health insurer based in Sacramento.
There are two other exclusive-seating clubs at Raley Field, the Diamond Club behind home-plate and the speakeasy-style Jack Daniel’s Solon Club, neither of which are enclosed. The Legacy Club, which will be built on the same rooftop level that holds the field’s private suites, will offer extra seating, air conditioning and a view of downtown Sacramento.
The River Cats also plan to rent out the Legacy Club for meetings, weddings, receptions and other private events.
By adding a private club, the River Cats are following a trend toward more exclusive seating options in baseball stadiums and other sports facilities. In March, the San Francisco Giants opened the Gotham Club at AT&T Park. The new Kings arena being built in downtown Sacramento will offer twice as many premium seats as at the current Sleep Train Arena.
“The addition of the Legacy Club is an important turning point for the River Cats in being able to accommodate their constantly growing and evolving fan base ... in a more social environment,” said David Bower, principal of Populous, the architect for the project, in a prepared statement.
The River Cats have sold out more than 80 games in the team’s history, and Ling said the club will help expand the fan base.