Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 Season underway for Ottawa's Newest Franchise...


The 2010 schedule has begun for the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) and Ottawa's newest sports franchise, the Ottawa Fat Cats, made history on the weekend; winning the first game of their inaugural season by a score of 4-3 over the Hamilton Thunderbirds.

The IBL, a league rich in history dating back to 1919, is composed of teams in Toronto, Kitchener, Barrie, Guelph, Hamilton, Brantford, London, Mississauga and the newly formed Ottawa franchise. The nine-team circuit plays a 36-game schedule from May 1 through to July 18. The Fat Cats will call Ottawa Stadium their home; a beautiful stadium formerly occupied by the Ottawa Lynx and Rapidz.

What makes the Ottawa franchise unique in the sports world is their dedication to the community and the commitment to make a difference for the citizens of the nation‘s capital region. The team offers complimentary tickets to veterans and active military personnel, a complimentary ticket to seniors who purchase a ticket for a grandchild, and a wonderful initiative that makes 200 upper-bowl seats available in exchange for a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

For details, visit the team website: www.ottawafatcats.com

The Ottawa Stadium Group (OSG), owners of the franchise, has also established the “Field of Dreams” program, which will give little league teams the opportunity to stand on the field with the Fat Cats’ players during the singing of the Canadian National Anthem. The Ottawa Stadium Group has also set aside approximately 70 dates for community activities at the stadium, which will include games played by the National Capital Baseball League and elite level clubs. Groups or organizations interested in this opportunity can contact the Fat Cats organization for more information.

As their mission statement points out, the organization is dedicated to establishing the Fat Cats as a positive force in the community. With these initiatives in place, there is no doubt that they will reach this goal and the citizens of Ottawa should embrace this opportunity and the franchise.

The home schedule for the Fat Cats begins May 15 at 7pm with a game against the Mississauga Twins. The following day, a double-header gets underway at 1pm. Due to the travel involved, there will be several double-headers throughout the season. Tickets are $12 for a single game, $18 for the double-headers and there are discounts for seniors, children and military personnel as previously mentioned.

The opportunity to watch live baseball in one of the most beautiful minor league parks in North America is a chance other communities can only dream about; we now have the opportunity on a regular basis thanks to the Fat Cats and the Ottawa Stadium Group. With their reasonable ticket prices and community initiatives in place, it is time for the citizens of Ottawa to demonstrate the same support and rally around their newest sports franchise.

TVOS is committed to bringing you all the news from the ballpark and hopefully, this site can play an active role in helping the community and the franchise come together. Have a great sports day everyone - I will see you at the ballpark!

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