Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium has long been known to Vancouver sports fans as the best ticket in town.
It’s starting to gain notoriety outside of British Columbia, however, as U.S.-based online publication Stadium Journey ranked the ballpark eighth in its annual list of all 160 affiliated (meaning they are connected to one of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams) minor league teams.
Though the Canadians play in the lowest classification possible while still remaining affiliated (Short Season Single A), the club provides a memorable experience for its spectators, complete with sushi races, massive hot dogs and the laid back atmosphere that can only be found at a neighbourhood park.
The mark eclipses the Canadians previous highest rating of 14th in 2017. The ranking is also the highest of all Toronto Blue Jays affiliates with the Buffalo Bisons’ Coca-Cola Field coming in at 12.
Stadium Journey ranks facilities on the basis of food and beverage, game day atmosphere, neighbourhood, fans, access and return on investment, as well as “special features” category.
There’s been talk in the past about the Canadians moving up the minor league ranks. It’s clear that the team has the necessary amenities for such a move. Whether it actually happens remains to be seen.
What do you think? Is the ranking fair?