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Fans flood Southwest University Park for Chihuahuas home opener

Chico the Chihuahua greeting fans at the home opener.

El Paso Chihuahuas fans flooded Southwest University Park for the team's home opener against the Reno Aces. Ballpark management said only standing room tickets were available at the start of the game.

Season ticket holder Harvey Sanchez said he and his son are living the dream since they've been baseball fans since birth.

"He loves baseball and so do I," Sanchez said. "I'm retired so now I'm just having fun. I used to be a ball boy for the Sun Kings.

Sanchez said he is thrilled baseball is back in the Sun City.

"I'm a cheerleader. I yell a lot. My season-ticket holder friends wait for me to start yelling and see what happens," Sanchez said.

The team received a warm and windy welcome at its home opener.

Fans said they wouldn't walk into the stadium without wearing team colors.

"We try to get new stuff every year, especially the limited edition stuff," Jesus Mesa said, a season-ticket holder.

Other fans believe third time -- or season -- is a charm. They said they are hopeful the team will go all way after becoming Pacific Coast League champs last year.

"Last season they did awesome so hopefully it will be another good season," fan Dominique Provencio said.

Sanchez said win or lose, he's got it all. For him, that's a cold one and America's favorite pastime.

"The ballpark and the Chihuahuas are a booster shot to the city. It really did help El Paso," he said.

The Chihuahuas will play three more games against the Aces.

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