Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium

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Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium
The Nat, Nat Bailey Stadium
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Former namesCapilano Stadium
(1951–1978)
Nat Bailey Stadium
(1978–2009)
Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium
(2010-current)
Location4601 Ontario Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5V 3H4
OwnerCity of Vancouver
OperatorCity of Vancouver
Capacity6,500
Field sizeLeft field – 320 ft (98 m)
Centre field – 385 ft (117 m)
Right field – 330 ft (100 m)
Backstop – 30 ft (9 m)
Outfield fence – 6–16 ft (2–5 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1951
OpenedJuly 15, 1951
Construction costC$550,000
($5.32 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectWilliam Aitken[2]
Tenants
Vancouver Mounties (PCL) (1956–1969)
Vancouver Canadians (PCL) (1978–1999)
Vancouver Canadians (NWL) (2000–present)
UBC Thunderbirds (NAIA) (2000–2010)
Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium main grandstand

Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (known as "The Nat" and commonly by its previous name Nat Bailey Stadium) is home to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League in the summer.

Stadium history[edit]

Originally built in 1951 as Capilano Stadium, it was renamed Nat Bailey Stadium in 1978 to honour the work of Vancouver restaurateur (and founder of the White Spot restaurant chain) Nat Bailey after his death to honour his tireless effort to promote baseball in Vancouver.

Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium is located on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth Park in the Riley Park-Little Mountain neighbourhood of Vancouver.

The stadium was first home to the Vancouver Capilanos in the early 1950s and later attracted the Oakland Oaks, who became the Vancouver Mounties of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, from 1956 to 1962, and 1965 through 1969. The PCL returned to Vancouver in 1978 with the Vancouver Canadians, owned by Harry Ornest. He purchased most of the primary assets of Sick's Stadium in Seattle and shipped them north for use at Nat Bailey.[3] The Canadians stayed in Vancouver through the 1999 season, then relocated south to Sacramento, California. The following season, a second incarnation of the Canadians began playing in the short-season Class A Northwest League.

The stadium's capacity is 6,500.

The Canadians ownership signed a long term lease at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium in February 2007. They have significantly improved and modernized the stadium while also restoring parts of the park to their original 1951 condition. The addition of Bud Kerr Baseball Museum followed in 2008.[4]

The stadium was used as the home of the fictional Santa Barbara Seabirds Class A Minor League Baseball team in the Dead Man's Curveball episode of the television series Psych. It was also used as the home of the fictional Seacouver Chiefs in the Manhunt episode of Highlander: The Series.

Naming rights[edit]

On June 16, 2010, Scotiabank and the Vancouver Canadians announced a naming rights agreement that would rename Nat Bailey Stadium as "Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium".[5]

Services[edit]

Food services are operated by Aramark.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2019. and 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ MCdonald, Brad (September 30, 2014). "Sicks' Stadium / Sick's Stadium". Baseball Fever. Baseball Almanac, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Good ol' Sicks' for sale – works". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. May 23, 1978. p. 18.
  4. ^ "Canadians earn 2013 President's Award". Minor League Baseball. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Vancouver Canadians rename "The Nat"". June 16, 2010.

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Coordinates: 49°14′35″N 123°06′23″W / 49.2431°N 123.1063°W / 49.2431; -123.1063