(Photo courtesy Lacey M Carroll Photography)
After spending the first two months of its existence at Hughes Field, the Sacramento Republic have settled into a new home at Bonney Field. Nestled on the west end of Cal Expo, the stadium holds 8,000 fans ready to rival the roar of the rest of the fairgrounds during the California State Fair.
The USL-PRO team’s inaugural season in 2014 began with sellouts at a stadium twice the size of Bonney Field. In other words, if you want to go, it’s a good idea to get tickets as soon as possible. If you’re sun-averse, shoot for the seats on the west end.
Bonney Field Seating Map (Credit: Sacramento Republic)
The field features a VIP section on the south endline. (Credit: Sacramento Republic)
How To Get To Bonney Field
Bonney Field is easily accessible from Business 80 at the Exposition Boulevard exit. Since the field is on the west side of the fairgrounds, just take the driveway closest to Business 80 to get in. Parking in the lot costs $10.
Those wanting to avoid paying the $10 do have the option of limited streetside parking along Heritage Lane and Response Road, but the closest pedestrian crossing is at Heritage and Exposition. Factor in that the Bonney Field entrance is around the back of the westside of the venue and summertime game-time temperatures can be in the triple-digits, it’s probably not worth saving $10.
But that’s not the only way to get to the field. Regional Transit makes stops in the area, including across from the fairgrounds and at Arden Fair mall.
If you’d rather ride your bike, the American River Bike Trail runs right by the fairgrounds and stadium, and free parking is provided by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates. Just be sure to bring your light as games can end well after the sun goes down.
What Goes In? What Stays At Home?
Most of this list is common sense in terms of things you shouldn’t bring to a sporting event. It’s important to note no outside food or beverages are allowed with the exception of a sealed, unfrozen bottle of water. (Photo courtesy Lacey M Carroll Photography)
- Hard sided cooler
- Metal cans, glasses, and bottles, etc.
- Food, alcohol, etc.
- Animals (except service animals)
- Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
- Anything profane
- Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, flares, laser pointers, etc.
- Laser pointers
- Lawn furniture
- Scooters, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, etc.
- Confetti or streamers
- Sticks or poles
- Flags or banners larger than 36′ x 60″
- Video cameras/tripods
- Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate
First and foremost, bring cash. The majority of vendors are cash only, and do not accept cards. ATMs are available on-site, but they charge a $4 transaction fee in addition to the fees your financial institution will apply. A Golden 1 Credit Union branch is located right across the street from the fairgrounds and there are several banks nearby. (Photo courtesy Lacey M Carroll Photography)
The menu at the ballpark will be in flux until the end of the California State Fair in July, but the ballpark still has plenty to choose from, whether it’s a hot dog, street tacos or even Round Table Pizza. As an added bonus, fans will have access to the State Fair from July 11-28 and all of its food offerings, including funnel cake and corn dogs. Also, fans who buy a ticket to a Republic game during the fair also get free admission to the fair on game day.
Don’t be disappointed if you can’t make it out during the fair. The local food truck selection from Ovations will expand once the fair is over, bringing options that aren’t available during the state fair.
Bonney Field boasts craft brew as well as the usual suspects. As far as local offerings, currently New Helvetia is being poured with hopes of adding Ruhstaller later on in the season.
Here’s where you can find all of the offerings
West Side (including mostly craft brew drafts)
- Blue Moon
- Third Shift
- New Helvetia IPA
- Anchor Steam
- 21st Amendment
- Drakes Porter
- Eye Hawk Ale
- Summer Shandy
- Lost Coast Scotch Ale
- Anders Valley Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale
- Coors Light
- Tecate Light
- Third Shift
- Blue Moon
- There is live entertainment before the game and at halftime
- The gates open an hour and a half before kickoff
- No tailgating
- No smoking