The Tri-City ValleyCats are a professional baseball team located in the heart of New York's Capital Region! An affiliate of the Houston Astros, the ValleyCats compete in the 14-team New York-Penn League. They play 38 games from June-September!
Looking for something fun, affordable and exciting to do with friends, family or co-workers during the summer? Think about spending a night (or two, or three) at beautiful Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy and catch the Tri-City ValleyCats as they offer up exciting professional baseball with an electric atmosphere!
Minor League Baseball offers up some of the most valuable family friendly entertainment throughout the country, and lucky for you, it’s in your own backyard!
A Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, the ValleyCats have been a summer staple in the Capital District since 2002, delivering an enjoyable evening to all ages and interests. The ValleyCats host 38 home games spanning from mid-June through early September.
When you take in a ValleyCats game, you’re seeing future Major League stars begin their professional baseball careers. Over 60 ValleyCats players have gone on to reach Major League Baseball, some of the most notable including 4x batting champion Jose Altuve, World Series MVPs George Springer and Ben Zobrist, Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, and All-Star / World Series champion Hunter Pence.
ValleyCats opponents include affiliates of the New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Orioles, Phillies, Nationals, and more. On the field, the ValleyCats have been very successful. The organization has won eight Stedler Division titles and three New York-Penn League championships.
Affectionately known as “The Joe,” the stadium is conveniently located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College, and features plenty of free parking, a wide concourse with 4,500 fixed seats, two grass berm seating areas, four unique picnic locations, 10 luxury suites, and a 36’ x 17’ LED video board.
2019 marks the 18th season of ValleyCats baseball, and the slate of promotions will include a mix of past fan favorites, along with new and thrilling themes. There will also be 15 postgame fireworks extravaganzas.
Opening Night takes place on Sunday, June 16th with the ValleyCats welcoming the Staten Island Yankees to town. The ‘Cats will celebrate their 2018 New York-Penn League championship, and fans will enjoy Sunday Funday activities including a pregame reading with the players, pregame catch on the field, and postgame kids run the bases.
These Sunday Funday activities aren’t just limited to Opening Night, as there are six other Sunday home games where fans can take advantage of this great extra value!
If you like giveaways, then you’re not going to want to miss Monday, June 17, when the first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a replica of the ValleyCats 2018 New York-Penn League champion ring. On Monday, August 5th, the first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of Red Sox World Series champion / 2009 ValleyCat J.D. Martinez, courtesy of Snapple. The ValleyCats will be handing out Jimi Hendrix bobbleheads on Summer of Love Night presented by American National Insurance, in celebration of Woodstock's 50th anniversary! You may also want to join the ValleyCats on Tuesday, July 30 for their team poster giveaway presented by TD Bank.
The 2019 promotional slate also features their traditional 4th of July Independence Day celebration with postgame fireworks, Star Wars Night on July 27, Irish Night on August 7, and Italian Night on August 15.
Want to bring your dog to a game? Sunday, June 23rd is Bark in the Park Night where all dogs get in free with a paying adult.
Involved with the local boy or girl scouts? There will be two scout sleepover nights, on Friday, August 16 and Friday, August 23.
Two camp days will be held at “The Joe” in 2019, Tuesday, July 9th and Thursday, August 1st. Both feature a first pitch of 11:00 a.m. and are geared towards summer camps, senior groups, and business networking opportunities.
The season comes to an end on Labor Day, Monday September 2nd, as the ValleyCats host a special 3:00 p.m. matinee game.
With ticket prices starting as low as $5.50, you won’t break the bank bringing your family to a game. In fact, you’ll be able to attend a handful of ValleyCats games for less money than it would cost you to go to just one Major League game!
And don’t worry about dinner, as there are plenty of food options at “The Joe” to satisfy your hunger. From hot dogs and wood fired pizza, to tacos and burritos, gluten free or vegetarian, the dining selection is plentiful.
Enjoy craft beer? Try an ice cold beverage from the taps of Brown’s Brewing at “The Joe.” If beer doesn’t quench your thirst, you can always have a delicious Nine Pin Cider on tap, or settle in with a classic refreshing lemonade!
Overall, you just can’t beat a summer night with the ValleyCats! It’s a home run!