Tonight is opening night for the Sonoma Stompers baseball club at Arnold Field.
What started with a City Council appearance back in February to gauge public interest, will open with a flourish tonight. Gates open at 6 p.m., the game is scheduled to start at 7:05, but with opening night ceremonies, including player introductions, it could be pushed back 10 to 15 minutes.
The Stompers are a new team in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, a four-team independent minor league. Other league teams are in San Rafael, Vallejo and Pittsburg. The league season started the first of June, and because Arnold Field had been booked with Babe Ruth baseball, the Stompers have been playing road games the past three weeks.
The team is the first professional baseball team to call Sonoma home.
During the game, there will be games for kids between innings – events such as racing around the bases, pie eating contests, bat races and more.