Just like flying squirrels, baseball players are adept at gliding across grassy fields, munching on seeds, and dodging bats in midair. Witness this acrobatic species in its natural habitat with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get two reserved grandstand tickets to any 2011 Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club home game at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (a $25 value).
A Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club defends its storied 60-year-old crown as Canada's only Minor League team. Fans settle into reserved grandstand seats, eagerly surrounding home plate and first and third base to watch players shrug off gravity's grabby hugs during regular games. Watch the Canadians' hardballers vie for summertime diamond dominance. All games begin at either 1:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m., and on scheduled nights a fireworks show concludes games with colourful shoulder punches to overhead clouds. Spectators show their stomach support with Scotiabank Stadium's catcher-mitt-challenging footlong hot dogs and well-chilled domestic brews.
Visitors can properly pump up game-ready eyeballs on the stadium's recent artistic upgrades, and on Sundays kids can run the bases after the game. A slew of on-field activities occur amid baseball action, inviting fans to watch the dancing cat-rental-store grounds crew, start their flameless engines in sushi races, and arrive early for special fan giveaways or to watch the grass grow.
The Vancouver Canadians are the only affiliated minor-league team in Canada. As a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League between 1978 and 1999, they claimed three championships as well as a Triple-A World Series. In 2011, the Canadians became the Toronto Blue Jays’ short-season class-A affiliate, taking home the Northwest League’s championship title that year, beginning a streak of three consecutive titles. The team plays its home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium—which was built in 1951, a storied time in baseball when a hot dog cost a nickel and a tie was settled with a ten-step duel.
4601 Ontario St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3H4