Edmonton is going to enjoy two times the amount of baseball this year, as the Edmonton Prospects will be sharing the Edmonton Ball Park with the Fort McMurray Giants.
Keltyn Marshall is excited to host the Giants. She’s the Social Media and Brand Marketing Coordinator with the Prospects.
“So instead of us only having 24 games like we usually do here, we’re going to have 48, and that’s huge. The boys are going to get some more playing time here and hopefully we’ll get more fans out here this year.”
Marshall says that it was only a small challenge for the league to adjust the schedule so that two squads could play out of one park.
“They had to deal with a little bit of scheduling conflict to try to make sure that there’s enough time for both teams to play here. Other than that, it was just one of those things that they just made happen because we needed to make it happen, and we wanted to make it happen.”
Fort McMurray Mayor Melissa Blake will be in attendance for the co-home opener on Saturday as the Prospects host the Giants, along with Edmonton City Councillor Bev Esslinger and four other members of the Wood Buffalo council.
“We’re going to have a bit of a tailgate party beforehand actually, at around 6 pm. It’s going to be very family friendly, we have Mr. Inflatable here so there’s going to be a bunch of blow-up toys for kids to play with.”
The first pitch is being thrown out at 7:00. The best part about the two teams sharing one park is that 10% of ticket sales for the home opener, and for the seven other games where the two teams play play against each other here in Edmonton, will be donated to the Red Cross.
You can get the Prospects home schedule here.
The Giant’s schedule is here.