The Brockton Rox and the Quebec Capitales will play a pair of exhibition games at Old Orchard Ballpark, the former home of the Maine Guides.
The Brockton Rox and the Quebec Capitales (both independent; Can-Am Association) will play a pair of exhibition games at Old Orchard Ballpark, the former home of the Maine Guides (Class AAA; International League).
As you'll recall, Old Orchard Ballpark was damaged by fire two years and was left for dead before a dedicated group of volunteers fixed up the fire damage and stored the facility. After local voters approved a referendum to save the ballpark, volunteers went through the facility and installed a new grass field (the old one had been choked off by weeds), repaired fire damage in the grandstand and cleaned up the rest of the place. Much of the ballpark was in good working order: the watering system originally installed by the Guides was still functional.
There's been talk of a summer-collegiate league setting up shop at OOB, but in the meantime the Rox and Capitales will play two games on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23.
“We’re excited to bring professional baseball back to The Ballpark,” said Chris Carminucci, president of Carminucci Management Company, which organized the exhibition games. “The volunteers in Old Orchard Beach have put so many hours into revitalizing the stadium, and it’s becoming a showcase for all levels of baseball once again.”