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Ballpark Visit: Recreation Park / Visalia Rawhide / Page 2

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In front of the team store is a sloping grass berm wrapping around the right-field foul pole and behind the right-field fence, offering comfortable lawn seating with a good view of the game. Picnic tables are located behind the right-field fence. In addition, part of the right-field fence consists of the proverbial broad side of a barn — literally, the big red-and-white groundskeeping storage shed. So far this season there has been only one homer over the barn. In addition to advertising, the outfield fences include signs referring to previous team history.

The barn also extends the new branding of the team. For most of Visalia’s history in the Cal League the team was known as the Oaks – one of those well-known baseball names. The team’s new branding, the Rawhide, ties closely into the agricultural heritage of the Visalia area, and gives the team a chance to use a lot of farm-related images, like cowhide seating and cowbells distributed to hardcore fans, throughout the ballpark.

Coming down the third base side is the Toyota Pavilion, a covered seating area featuring a bar and misters, which are essential in the Central Valley summer. Right behind the third base coach’s box is the Fan Dugout, a mini-dugout for visiting groups. It’s just past the visitors’ dugout, has the same view, and you can hear the coach yelling instructions to the players. The new team dugouts are deep with two rows of benches.