One of the most joyful days of summer is playing out at RCGT Park this Sunday, June 10. The Ottawa Champions Bark in the Park is back for its second year after a delightful success last summer. All tickets sold include entrance for your furry best friend.
Dogs are invited to take in the game, followed by a gleeful run around the outfield afterwards. There will be pet supply vendors and an exciting agility demonstration on the field between innings. Pet owners and their four legged friends sit in a designated portion of the stadium, so the dogs can relax, mingle, and enjoy the sunshine at the dog park.
You do not have to bring a dog in order to sit in the pet section, if this is a burning question you might have had. Tickets purchased online with the code “Paws” will generate a $4 donation to the Ottawa Humane Society.
Players to watch
The Champions difficulties have continued this week, with an injury to starting shortstop Daniel Bick, and a rain out on Tuesday for the first game this season against the Québec Capitales.
A bright spot, however, is the naming of pitching coach and starter Jake Hale as the CanAm Pointstreak pitcher of the week for May 27–June 3. Hale has already posted wins in back-to-back starts. In his three appearances this season, he has an unbelievable ERA of 0.49, with 12 strikeouts and only 10 hits in 18.1 innings pitched.
Jordan Caillouet continues to dominate at the plate, with no end in sight. Tallying 13 RBIs in 15 games, he’s managing to drive in runs when the going gets tough.
Fireworks at RCGT Park
The first Fireworks Saturday of the season will be held on the 9th, due to the unfortunate rain out of the second game of the home opener on May long weekend. After the last pitch is thrown, and we are celebrating a win, the lights are turned down, and fans get to enjoy another spectacle in the outfield. These fireworks are definitely worth sticking around for! And it’s Ladies’ Night, so the stars are aligned for a romantic night at the ballpark.
After the dogs clear the field on Sunday, the Champions hit the road to face the Québec Capitales and the Sussex County Miners in two away series. They return to Ottawa on June 19 to face the Dominican Republic National Team.
The Ottawa Champions play home games at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (300 Coventry Road) directly off the 417 with access to the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth. Parking is $5, making it the most affordable professional sports event in town. For more, follow @ottawachampions on Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.