Thunder Bay – Border Cats, City Update State Of Port Arthur Stadium

Border Cats, city to update state of Port Arthur Stadium field

Weather partially to blame for slowdown of renovations to aging facility’s playing surface.

The Thunder Bay Border Cats will hold a joint news conference on Thursday to provide an update on the state of Port Arthur Stadium and how it will affect the team’s early home schedule.

Work continues on improvements to the stadium’s field in preparation for September’s U-18 Baseball World Cup  and it’s believed the facility might not be ready for the team to play its scheduled June 3 home opener. The issue appears to be some of the field’s grass not surviving the winter and safety factors surrounding the time it will take to replace it with new sod. – Tbnewswatch

read full article here

When you are blaming the weather for delays, then it means your construction schedule was cutting things extremely close to opening of Northwoods Baseball season opener.  It was a very tight schedule.


With the Northwoods Baseball League regular schedule finishing up in mid August, 2016 followed by playoffs, that would mean that new sod would be placed mid fall at the earliest.

In order for things to work out, weather conditions would have to be perfect.  A warm fall, great winter and an early spring.  In other words, failure to meet the June 3, 2017  deadline (Border Cats season opener) was almost guaranteed.  That is…if here was funding to pay for all the work.

The City of Thunder Bay also secured the 2017 U-18 Baseball hosting gig without having sufficient funding in place.  As to that funding deficit…

A funding decision from the NOHFC is slated for August 4; Hebert said he expects FedNor’s answer will come around the same time. Work to upgrade the fields has to be done by the end of May, 2017, so international baseball officials can inspect them. – CBC

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Hmmm….does not mention Border Cats….does mention international baseball officials…Hmmm….those internation baseball officials having to inspect the field at the end of May 2017 was not mentioned in today’s Tbnewswatch article.

Anyway, , the Provincial funding did not come through until the end of September, 2016.

Province Investing $3 Million to Support Amateur Sport, Boost Economic Growth

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is investing up to $3 million to support sporting events across the province this year through the Sport Hosting Program, giving more Ontario athletes high-level competition experience and boosting economic growth.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, was in Thunder Bay this morning to make the announcement, where she was joined by Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP for Thunder Bay–North Superior, and Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs and MPP for Thunder Bay–Atikokan.

As part of this investment, Ontario is contributing $500,000 to host the 2017 Under-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay. An additional $983,500 is being invested through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to upgrade local facilities in time for the international competition, for a total investment of over $1.4 million. The biennial event, taking place from September 1 to 10, 2017, will welcome athletes from around the world, including many players that have been drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. –

read full news release here

related CBC article here

Soooo…extremely tight schedule. Late funding decision. Poor weather.  Recipe for failure.

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