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Vancouver Canadians strike out plans to return to Nat Bailey Stadium this season

The team will call Hillsboro, Oregon "home" for the remainder of the season.
The Nat won't be seeing any ball games this summer, either. Photo: Nat Bailey Stadium by Chung Chow/BIV

Vancouver won't be able to root, root, root for the home team at our own Nat Bailey Stadium this summer, as the Canadians announced Tuesday (Aug 24) the team would finish out the season using Hillsboro, Oregon as home base.

Vancouver's Minor League Baseball team started off its 2021 season calling Ron Tonkin Field home, as uncertainty ruled regarding cross-border travel due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The team also did not play at Nat Bailey Stadium in 2020. 

“As we all know, 2021 has been challenging for everyone both personally and professionally, however, we have been fortunate to be able to start and now finish our season in Hillsboro,” Canadians President Andy Dunn said in the announcement.

“The safety for our players, staff and fans remains our number one concern. Coupled with the fact that our season will conclude in less than 30 days, we have made the tough decision to finish the 2021 season in Oregon.”

The Canadians currently rank fourth in their division

Plans are underway for the Vancouver Canadians to play back home "at the Nat" once again in 2022. 

“Our staff have already begun the process of planning and developing what will be an exciting and memorable return for baseball and The Canadians to Vancouver and Nat Bailey Stadium beginning in April for our 2022 full season,” Dunn continued. “We look forward to welcoming each and every one of our fans back home to The Nat in 2022.”

Anyone who needs additional information about the remainder of the 2021 season, or the status of season tickets, group plans and sponsorship opportunities is asked to call the Canadians' front office via (604) 872-5232.