(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - Known as one of Minor League Baseball's most historic venues, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium has been the home to all professional baseball in Vancouver since 1951 (63 years).
When you first walk into 'The Nat', you are immediately met with the nostalgia from several generations of baseball as the indoor concourse pays homage to the greats who have graced our ballpark. From the Vancouver Capilanos to the Mounties of the Western League and Canadians of both the Pacific Coast League and Northwest - this is Vancouver's home to baseball.
Walk up the hallowed stairs to the seating bowl and you are immediately reminded of the true beauty of the diamond. Crisp green grass meets brick red dirt that immediately makes you feel like you are in the right place.
No matter where you sit within our seating bowl, you are right on top of the action due to the narrow foul territory inside the park. We tantalize your senses with both an old school, manually operated scoreboard situated just paces away from a high-resolution video board that educates as well as entertains.
Majestic trees from Queen Elizabeth Park peek in on the game from just beyond the outfield fence as the backdrop for Nat Bailey Stadium is considered by many to be the best in pro sports.
Built in 1951, the structure was originally named Capilano Stadium after a local brewery company and was home to the Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League (1951-54) and Vancouver Mounties (1956-62, 1965-69).
After a nine year hiatus, professional baseball found its way back to the ballpark with the Canadians of the Pacific Coast League. That same year, 1978, Capilano Stadium was renamed Nat Bailey Stadium after life-long baseball advocate and executive Nat Bailey who passed away just months before the stadium would take his name.
From 1978 through to 1999, the Canadians welcome more than six-million fans and watched as Vancouver won three Pacific Coast League titles (1985, 1989 and 1999). In 2000, the Triple-A Canadians departed for Sacramento (now known as the Rivercats) and were replaced by the Northwest League Southern Oregon Timberjacks who took the Canadians moniker when they arrived in Vancouver.
In 2007, Oregon businessman Fred Herrmann sold his equity in the Canadians to local business icons Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney who immediately took the financially hemorrhaging franchise and rebuilt it from the ground up to make it the first franchise outside of North America to ever receive the coveted John H. Johnson President's Award given to Minor League Baseball's most 'complete' franchise.
The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club is in the midst of a 25-year lease with the City of Vancouver and all signs point to a long, healthy relationship between the two as baseball is alive and well north of the 49th parallel.