FresYes Fest, Fresno Foxes home opener draws crowd of more than 15K to downtown

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FresYes Fest is one of the biggest block parties of the year in downtown Fresno, putting local businesses front and center.

It was also the first home game of the season for Fresno FC.

Nearly 15,000 people from all over the Central Valley flocked to downtown for the two, highly-anticipated events.

This is my first time here, having a great time, great people, great breweries, I love it, says Aldo Cardenas, Fresno resident.

Event organizers at the hosting brewery, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company, were thankful that the weather held up since the area was a bit wetter earlier in the day.

I’m super excited to see the weather, people smiling, families are out here, it’s a really enjoyable time, says Michael Cruz, president of Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

From different pop-up shops to a new food area added to the fest, Cruz says events like this help highlight the revitalization of downtown.

A lot of people assume that there’s only things going on a handful of times a year like FresYes Fest but we stay busy the whole year around so there’s always something going on you just have to learn about it, he says.

Like the Fresno Foxes soccer team at Chukchansi Park, it was also the first home game of the second season.

Officials with team say it’s looking like a good season. I hope we all win, that’s what we’re looking to do, says Chris Wilson, vice president of operations for the Fresno Foxes.

The team tied against Reno in a 1-1 draw, with 7,863 fans in attendance.

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