Chronological Tour: Stop 89

Ottawa Stadium / Stade d’Ottawa

Exterior of Ottawa Stadium, Aug-2003.

A view from the third-base line picnic area.

The park looks out over an industrial complex.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
With expansion in 1993, the Montréal Expos shifted their Triple-A International League club to Ottawa (two hours’ drive away), where they became the Lynx. In a series of Triple-A affiliation shifts in 2003, the Lynx became associated with the Baltimore Orioles.

The ballpark is easily accessible and quite serviceable, and, like many Canadian facilities, quite affordable to visitors from south of the border as well, barring the occasional downturn in the U.S. dollar.

The Lynx affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies for their last Triple-A season in 2007 and then moved to Allentown, Pa., for 2008. Miles Wolff of the independent Can-Am League had long expressed an interest in the market, and a group stepped forward to place what had been a road team in that loop in Ottawa for the 2008 season. Attempts to find a local buyer and keep the team going in 2009 were unsuccessful, but for 2015 the Can-Am League has re-entered Ottawa with a team called the Champions, again with Wolff at the helm.

Over the years, the ballpark naming rights game has penetrated Canada’s capital city on occasion. The stadium was known as JetForm Park for a while. I’m not sure I want to know what a JetForm is, but it no longer matters, as that moniker was not used after 2003. The latest sponsor, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is a financial services outfit based in Ottawa; it is widely expected that the park will be referred to simply as RCGT Park.

Game # Date League Level Result
186 Sat 2-Sep-1995 International AAA Pawtucket 13, OTTAWA 7
624 Sun 17-Aug-2003 International AAA OTTAWA 8, Syracuse 2
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