The West Coast League’s Victoria HarbourCats will be setting foot in the Harbour City this summer, playing a Nanaimo team at Serauxmen Stadium on Friday, July 27.
Former Victoria HarbourCat and Nanaimo native Griffin Andreychuk in action for the HarbourCats at a 2015 game against the Nanaimo Pirates at Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The non-league game, being set up by the Serauxmen Stadium Advisory Board (SSAB), will start at 6:00 pm, and SSAB members will be selling tickets in the community.
This will be the third time the HarbourCats, now in their sixth season in the West Coast League, will be holding a game in Nanaimo — a community which has indicated an interest in a West Coast League team of its own.
“Nanaimo is a great market with an historic stadium in Serauxmen Stadium, and a great love of baseball going way back,” said Managing Partner of the HarbourCats, Jim Swanson.
“There is a lot of great work being done by the board to not just maintain Serauxmen Stadium, but to polish the jewel of baseball in Nanaimo. It’s a stadium that, largely because of the interesting status it had while formerly part of school district lands, hasn’t reached its potential — but very well could. It’s a very reasonable amount of investment needed to move the park to the next level.”
The HarbourCats, known for their creative uses of the space at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, are supportive of the exploration of expansion opportunities in the WCL, and especially Nanaimo. The mid-Island city would provide a natural geographic rival not just for the HarbourCats, but also for the Port Angeles Lefties, the Bellingham Bells, and Kelowna Falcons.
“Our board is focused on developing Serauxmen Stadium into one of the best baseball facilities in B.C., and this region, and we know the love of baseball that exists in this area,” said Lorne Goodall, President of the SSAB. Goodall’s son Garrett, playing college at Embry-Riddle, will play for the HarbourCats this summer.
Past Nanaimo and mid-Island residents who have starred for the HarbourCats, who first started play in 2013, include Griffin Andreychuk, Adam McKillican, and Alex Rogers.
To purchase tickets for the game, priced at $13 each or $25 for two, please call Dennis Campbell at 250-616-9735 or Bruce Hunter 250-751-4004.
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS!
Season Tickets are now being printed and may be picked up at our offices between 9AM – 5:00PM Monday to Friday. We will also have them available for our pre-season MAX FURNITURE FAN MIXER at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Friday May 25th at Max Furniture, 2745 Bridge St, Victoria. Join us there for a drink, some appies and to welcome in the new season!
About The Victoria HarbourCats
The HarbourCats are Victoria’s entry in the West Coast League (WCL), a summer, collegiate, wood bat baseball league, featuring the top college-age players from across North America and the world. One of the elite teams in the league, the HarbourCats won a record 40 games in 2016 and followed that up in 2017 as the WCL’s North Division Playoff Champions, coming one game short of their first ever WCL Championship. In 2018, their sixth season, the team will play a 54-game regular season schedule, with 27 of those games and eight additional non-league games, being played at Wilson’s Group Stadium at historic Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. Opening night is June 1, 2018 with games scheduled through mid-August. See harbourcats.com for more details.
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