Built in 1993, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Stadium was originally constructed to house the Ottawa Lynx of the International League. With staggering attendance numbers through the inaugural season, the stadium and team set league attendance records averaging nearly 10,000 fans per game.
Fast forward 25 years and the stadium still stands in Ottawa’s east end but the Lynx have long since departed, after relocating in 2007. Since their departure, the stadium remained despite numerous plans to redevelop the real estate. Since the Lynx left, the stadium has been home to the Ottawa Rapidz, Ottawa Fat Cats and the Ottawa Champions, who make their home at the stadium today.
Much the same as Major League ball parks across Canada and the United States, the need for upgraded netting is as important as ever. With spectator injuries rising, leagues are being forced to reevaluate and install additional netting to protect those that have come to enjoy America’s Game.
When our team was approached by both the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club to design and install backstop netting, we were quick to get to work.
Stretching from dugout to dugout, the newly installed netting protects spectators along the baselines and rises up behind home plate to protect the crowd sitting behind close to the action.