Stompers pack the place

Tuesday was opening night, and Valley residents came out in droves to see their newest attraction – the Sonoma Stompers.

While the team’s ticket system went offline an hour before the first pitch, Theo Fightmaster, the Stompers general manager, estimated there were between 1,800 and 2,000 spectators filling a refurbished Arnold Field. Some observers thought it was probably the largest turnout ever for a sporting event at the field.

“It was an amazing night,” Fightmaster said. “I tried the best I could to soak it in, but it was a blur. The general response has been overwhelmingly positive – with a hint of constructive criticism.”

Fans in the bleachers complained about not being able to hear the public address announcer and having to look over their shoulder at the scoreboard, which is mounted on the football press box.

But even that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.

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