ACT Government funding, as well as a fundraising campaign through the Sports Foundation, is allowing the Canberra Cavalry Baseball League to redevelop its Narrabunda home ground. The upgrade will hopefully attract higher level US players and Asian teams to play in the Australian League. Amodio also hopes that the new facilities would be a spur to getting more kids coming out to the Cavalry and calling it their local club.
General Manager of the club Dan Amodio said the club wanted to bring the field up to international standard and “improve the member and fan experience at the ground”
The actual capacity of the ground will remain about the same, but the facilities modernised with a refurbishment to the main grandstand as well as an annex to include new toilets, kitchen, function room and a bar for members. The Canberra Baseball Hall of Fame will also be a new addition to the playing ground.
The Canberra Cavalry is hoping that the refurbishment will assist recruitment from the club’s North American affiliate clubs, The Toronto Blue Jays and the San Diego Padres.
“When they come to visit, they love the experience and they know the guys are well taken care of” Mr Amodio said.
A survey of the Canberra Baseball fans showed that while they all loved the experience at the ballpark they said the ground was old and in need of updated facilities.
The fundraising campaign through the Sports Foundation is including a “commemorative brick” sale in which fans who donate $275 will receive a brick enscribed with their name as well as some personalised experiences such as practicing with the team, sitting in the dugout during games and to hang out in the locker rooms with the players.
The redevelopment is due to start in February through to November.
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