|Recreation Venue |||Stadium|
|Cross Street |||at 30th Avenue|
Profile Last Updated: August 29, 2008
What has been called the prettiest little park in minor league ball was built through the initiative of Nat Bailey (founder of the White Spot chain of restaurants) who made it the long time home of his Vancouver Mounties. Penultimate inhabitants Vancouver Canadians won the Triple A World Series in 1999, only to pack up their bats and move to Sacramento. They've been replaced by the, surprise, Vancouver Canadians, a single A team that now plays their shorter season in the friendly confines. The rookie ball's not as good, but the beer's just as cold.
Feel Like a Nooner?
Not quite as exciting as first glance would suggest, but the Canadians' mid week matinees, nooners, have become a city wide favourite. Canadians' general admission tickets are generally available cheap through a corporate partner like Canada Safeway, but you can easily end up in the west bleachers, where the sun always shines and more than one nose has gone home red.
Pack a Picnic
Nat Bailey sits in the shadow of Queen Elizabeth Park, which features the MacBlo Conservatory, a nice little pitch n putt, frisbee golf, tennis courts, gorgeous gardens and a line up of wedding parties waiting for the perfect picture.
Take Your Time
The stadium is situated one block west of Main and 33rd Avenue, so it's basically in the middle of the city. Relax, ride your bike, take a bus, or even drive. Parking is plentiful and relatively cheap.
Private Rentals: You can rent the stadium for any private event when the Canadians have away games; it can accommodate 50 – 400 people.