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Canadians Begin Season with High Expectations

Nat Bailey Stadium

A new season could bring more success for the Vancouver Canadians (Short Season A; Northwest League), as the organization enters its 2019 campaign with high expectations. 

With a focus on solid customer service and a continually enhanced game day experience at the historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, the Canadians have put together a strong track record of building fan support. They were recognized with our Continued Excellence Award in 2017, and have led the Northwest League in attendance each season since 2015.

The 2019 campaign got underway for the Canadians on Friday, and its arrival was met with high expectations from Canadians president Andy Dunn, who believes the franchise is poised for a big year. Momentum built over the last several years will help, but strong pre-season sales coming into 2019 point to more positive news for the Canadians. More from CBC News:

“I think this might be the biggest season we’ve ever had,” Dunn earlier told CBC’s Jason D’Souza.

“The pre-season sales … the excitement … I really think we’re going to have a good ball club on the field, and I think it’s going to be a special, special summer.”

For the last four years, Nat Bailey Stadium has been at 98 per cent capacity for the season, says Dunn. A lot of that has to do with the kind of experience the stadium offers fans.

Baseball fans can purchase a three-foot hot dog, hot dog sushi or a pretzel “as big as your chest” that comes in a pizza box, says Dunn.

The Canadians began their season with a three-game series at Nat Bailey Stadium against the Spokane Indians, drawing a total of 19,239 fans over those games. Their season-opening homestand continues on Monday, when they start a four-game set against the Eugene Emeralds.

Image of Nat Bailey Stadium courtesy Vancouver Canadians.

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