Salinas. Calif. - Minor league football is back on the Central Coast with the Salinas Valley Spartans. If you haven't heard, they defeated the Sacramento Wildcats 10-7 in their Home opener at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas on Saturday.
If you're looking for some homegrown entertainment the whole family can enjoy then why not support the Salinas Valley Spartans? They play in the Pacific Coast League which encompasses teams from the Salinas all the way up to the Sacramento area. The Spartans are off to a good start with a record of 1-1.
Tyrone Ward is the founder and co-owner, he says what makes this team unique is that it's truly community oriented, "All of the players are required to do a large number of community service hours. In 2013, even though we didn't have a team yet, we logged over 1200 hours! I truly believe in "paying it forward" and am making that belief part of the Spartan Way."
Ward says that the Spartans will provide you with a professional game ‘feel'.
"We all live, work, and play in the Salinas Valley; heck, we ARE the Salinas Valley! We are a positive organization that gives back to its community, works hard in this community, grew up in this community, and loves this community!"
What do you say to those he believe there's nothing to do here in Salinas? "Well, we are here to change that! We provide a professional game experience with a Tailgate party before the games with live music from local bands, a DJ, Famous Dave's BBQ, alcohol sales, and fun activities. During the game we have Famous Dave's doing concessions, beer sales, amazing local singers, and fun things to do for the whole family!"
Here's the team's coaching staff and schedule of games:
Head Coach: Steven Zenk
Quarterbacks: Ron Stefani
Running Backs: Richard Magdeleno
Wide Receivers: Sean Gomes
Offensive Line: Steve Grace
Defensive Line: Mike Aaroe
Line Backers: Roland Glenn
Defensive Backs: Rich Dorr
VS. CALIFORNIA RHINOS
VS. SACRAMENTO WILDCATS
@ DELTA DUCKS
VS. PACIFICA ISLANDERS
@ SOLANO CHIEFS
VS. TRI VALLEY BULLS
@ CENTRAL COAST BARNSTORMERS
@ SAN JOSE EAGLES
VS. NORTHBAY RATTLERS
@ GOLDEN STATE GIANTS
VS. SOUTH BEACH OUTLAWS
The next home game at Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex will be March 29th versus the Pacifica Islanders. Game time is 1pm with the Famous Dave's tailgate starting at 11 am.
For ticket information, log onto the Salinas Valley Spartans website at: www.salinasvalleyspartans.com