PRESS RELEASE – Ottawa Stadium and the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club will host the 2017 Can-Am League and American Association of Professional Baseball League All-Star game. Following a vote by Owner’s in both Leagues, Ottawa was awarded the 2017 All-Star game to align with the Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations taking place in the Nation’s Capital.
“We are very excited to add our own Ottawa Champions hosting the 2017 All-Star game to the list of events in our City in 2017,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We appreciate the commitment that the Can-Am and American Association Leagues have made to the Ottawa Champions to host the Game and related festivities which will boost our tourism sector and local economy.”
The 2017 All-Star game will take place as the Nation’s Capital celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday. The Club will coordinate activities and events in conjunction with the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Task Force for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In addition, Ottawa Champions President David Gourlay also announced that a Special Organizing Committee for the All-Star festivities will be unveiled in January comprised of community leaders from across the National Capital Region.
“We are delighted to host the All-Stars from both the American Association and Can-Am Leagues in 2017 so the Ottawa Champions can celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday” said Gourlay. “We look forward to opening our doors for the community to enjoy exciting baseball activities and family fun events to recognize the contribution baseball has made in Canada and the National Capital Region”.
Over 500 athletes, coaching staff, team executives, and families will participate in an All-Star skills competition, the All-Star game and a series of special locally focused activities on dates to be selected by the Special Organizing Committee in consultation with the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Task Force, Ottawa Toursim and the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club.