Victoria Welcomes Baseball Back to Royal Athletic Park

The City of Victoria has announced the return of baseball to the Capital City with a soon-to-be named team within the collegiate level West Coast League. The Victoria Baseball Club has negotiated a three year agreement as the anchor tenant at Royal Athletic Park starting June of 2013.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Victoria Baseball Club to Victoria," said Mayor Dean Fortin. "The Capital City welcomes the return of baseball to Royal Athletic Park with open arms and I look forward to great community support for the team."

"In choosing a location for our franchise, we were drawn to Victoria for a variety of reasons," said John McLean, Victoria Baseball Club owner, along with business partner Dwight Willett. "An impressive baseball history dating back to 1866, strong grass roots baseball organizations, impressive fan support for past franchises and teams and a high quality ballpark made this an easy decision."

The West Coast League (WCL) features a competitive level of play and recruits players from high calibre baseball programs at colleges and universities across North America. Top players from top college programs play in the league, most aspiring to become professional players. With the addition of Victoria, the League has 10 teams, ranging from Kelowna, BC to Klamath Falls, Oregon.

"West Coast League teams focus on bettering their communities," noted Ken Wilson, WCL President. "We are pleased to welcome Victoria to our league, and look forward to really becoming part of your community."

The season starts the first week of June each year and ends mid-August, with 27 home games and 27 away games. Average ticket prices are expected to be under $10. Players will need to be billeted with host families during the season, and community participation will be sought in the coming weeks and months in naming the team.

The three year agreement runs June to August each year and facilitates continued community use during the baseball season.