Ottawa Stadium Gets New Name

Ottawa Champions Logo 1PRESS RELEASE – The Ottawa Champions Baseball Club will play their home opener of their inaugural season on May 22 against the Sussex County Miners in newly designated “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park”.

Ottawa Champions Ballpark Naming Rights Partnership

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, a leading assurance, tax and advisory firm, has signed a multi-year agreement with the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club for the exclusive naming rights for Ottawa Stadium.

“The Ottawa Champions couldn’t be happier to have Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton on board as our naming rights partner,” said Ottawa Champions Majority Owner Miles Wolff. “It shows a genuine commitment to see baseball succeed in Ottawa by our local business community and especially a pillar like Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton”.

“It is a pleasure for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to partner with the Ottawa Champions for their upcoming inaugural season and beyond,” said Jean Schnob, Vice-President of the Ottawa and Outaouais Regions. “Our commitment to the local community in Ottawa aligns very well with the Champions’ focus on our City and we are excited to have our name associated with Ottawa’s professional baseball brand.”

Mar. 12, 2015 - Ottawa Champions Announce Naming of Stadium as "Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park"

The City of Ottawa owns the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park and finding a naming rights partner was a priority for them.

“Since announcing the return of baseball to Ottawa, a priority for us has been to secure a naming rights partner,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “With an established name such as Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, we believe we can foster a strong, mutually beneficial foundation in the community.”

The City of Ottawa is currently investing $2 million into improvements for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park including refurbished suites and other fan-facing aspects that will improve the fan experience at the Park.

Last week, the Ottawa Champions announced concession partnerships with Montréal-based Sportscene Group (La Cage aux Sports) and Ottawa’s Gabriel Pizza that build on existing partnerships the team announced in January 2015 with Sam Bat Corporation, Kichesippi Beer Company and Clocktower Brewpub— three local businesses.

The team is currently negotiating more partnerships with local businesses for various requirements to facilitate a superior fan and family experience at the ballpark this summer.

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Read more here from the Ottawa Sun, which reports the amount for the ballpark naming rights is $525,000 spread out over three years.

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One response to “Ottawa Stadium Gets New Name

  1. tenaciouspuma

    This is fantastic for the city of Ottawa and baseball. The City has stepped up and will keep baseball there. Question though, a three year naming rights agreement is a VERY short agreement. What happens after four years and hypothetically these people want out. Renaming the stadium in that short of a time frame could be a sign of instability. Also, that team needs to be locally owned, it is never a good thing when a league owns a team…thoughts?

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