The Vancouver Canadians won’t be starting their season at the storied Nat Bailey Stadium this summer.
The Canadians, who were the Jays Class A short season affiliate from 2000-2020 before being promoted to High-A this year, will start their inaugural season in the new six-team High-A West League south of the border.
The C’s will play home games in Hillsboro, Oregon to begin the new season, the club announced Monday morning.
“The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club is still hopeful to open our gates at Nat Bailey Stadium to welcome our great fans back to the ballpark in 2021. The health and safety of our fans, players, and staff continues to be our top priority. As an organization, we are working through plans to execute a safe return to Nat Bailey Stadium in addition to providing an alternative option for the games to be played. We are committed to sharing any updates with our fans as they become available.”
In previous years, the C’s season was only 76 games long, and the games were consistently sold out. Going to a game at the Nat on a hot summer day has become a staple for many Vancouver residents. With the higher level of play comes a longer 132 game season that is set to end in mid-late September, meaning there’s a real possibility that fans will be allowed back into Nat Bailey Stadium at some point before the end of the season as vaccines continue to get distributed.
The C’s will see some of the Jays’ best prospects make their way through Vancouver, and we’ll have you covered with top to bottom coverage of everything you need to know about their progression.