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Aces Staff Prepares Ballpark With Exhibition Game

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Thursday night's game gives the Reno Aces a chance to fine tune their operations, and a lot of it starts with the food.

35 staff members are busy getting the food prepared, setting the tone for the next 72 home games.

"We're totally excited about it," Taylor Park, Aces Ballpark Executive Chef said. "We're just kind of amping everything up and everyone's got a positive attitude, right now. So, we're just looking to serve the best food we can to everybody and hopefully make them happy."

You can expect a variety of foods at the concession stands, this season. They're offering healthy selections like fruit cups and gluten-free items, to more traditional ballpark food like burgers and hot dogs.

One of the new items on this years menu is the "Helmet Nachos," loaded up with all sorts of toppings including pulled pork and chili.

"We see a lot of nachos being sold, hot dogs, things along those lines," Park said. "We have a new chili cheese dog, chili cheese fries. We have a great craft beer concept."

The new craft beer garden is located out in the right field area of the stadium.

And of course, restaurants like Bugsy's are ready to go.

With as many as 9,000 fans on any given night, food can be almost as important as the game.

"It's part of the whole Aces experience or the experience of coming to a ballpark and getting delicious food, watching a great game, building a family memory," Park said.

The Aces Chief Operating Officer is Eric Edelstein. He says that while tonight is an exhibition game for the teams, it is also a dress rehearsal for the people behind the scenes.

"It's turning on all the lights," Edelstein said. "It's making sure that all the ovens fire up and make sure that all the soda fountains are working. It's every little detail that you don't think about for seven months, that now has to come alive, tonight."

A game they've been waiting a long time for.

"Today, we actually get to play a game," Edelstein said. "So, it's just a different vibe in the entire building, right now. We love it."

The Aces say they love this annual game against the Wolf Pack because it is so community-oriented. They say it's a good way to support and partner with the University of Nevada athletic program. First pitch is set for 6:05.

Written by Paul Nelson 

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