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The Ottawa Titans play home stadium for the first time—May 24, 2022

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on May 23, 2022

Officially, there are no tears in baseball, but there might be some this Tuesday when Ottawa fields a professional team for the first time since 2019.

The newly-minted Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League opened their inaugural season on the road two weeks ago, and are finally making their debut at home this Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30pm. There will be opening ceremonies before first pitch, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive an Ottawa Titans Bucket Hat (free sh*t is good sh*t!), and stick around for the post-game fireworks as well.

The boys are coming home with a record of 5-4 after some truly mixed results on the road. There were impressive outings by the opening pitchers and sluggers for the Titans, with lots of base runners. High-scoring games seem to go very dramatically in one direction or the other, with a 13-3 win against the Windy City Thunderbolts followed immediately by a 21-9 loss to Florence last week. It is too early to expect a final roster, or reliable stats, so you’ll have to see for yourselves this week. 

This first Ottawa homestand has daily games from Tuesday-Sunday. Thursday is the season’s only weekday matinee game, with first pitch at 12pm. This is the perfect excuse to call in sick, or use a well-deserved day off to take in some sunshine, and a chill daytime vibe at the game. Sunday is the first Bark at the Park event, where fans can bring their furry friends to enjoy the sunshine, and run the bases after the game—always a season highlight.

If you haven’t been following the local professional baseball saga over the last two years, here is the basic tea. Our former team, The Ottawa Champions, were actually for sale during the 2019 season, and due to some confusion with the City of Ottawa over the lease of the stadium, there was no team expected to play in 2020, pandemic or not! Last summer, we anticipated the arrival of the Titans after the team was purchased and renamed, but the season was cancelled at the last minute for obvious border-crossing and capacity reasons.

The Titans new owner is Sam Katz, Winnipeg-based business man and sports fanatic. Katz also owns the Winnipeg GoldEyes, another independent professional baseball team. Running a ball club in a smaller Canadian market is his speciality, so fingers are crossed for a long, successful run with this team.

What’s New

Rumour has it that there will be jumbo hot dogs on the menu this summer.

The new team got a new name! The Ottawa Titans have also taken on the city’s classic red and black colours, so break out your traditional Ottawa plaid.

In 2020, the former Can-Am league was absorbed by the established Frontier League of Independent baseball, made up entirely of American teams. The Titans will be playing in this larger league against teams like the Washington Wild Things and the Kentucky based Florence Y’alls (seriously). Ottawa plays in the Eastern Division, with familiar rivals like the Trois-Rivières Aigles, Québec Capitales and the cocky Rockland Boulders.

There are now two different pricing tiers for seats, and the team has implemented ticketed seating, so be sure to buy ahead online if you have a lucky seat, or want to sit with the whole gang!

Local beer is back at the park! The Titans have partnered with Beau’s for the summer as a major partner, and have declared that only local beer will be served on site, so you can enjoy a decent brew under a blue sky all summer long. I don’t have details about other food or drinks, but there were great options being served at the May 10th exhibition game, so I’d definitely recommend grabbing dinner at the yard.

There is a whole new roster of faces. Starting pitcher Zac Westcott (pictured above in pinstripes) played in Ottawa for part of the 2019 season, but he is the only player with experience here in the 613. There have already been some roster changes, and shifts, so expect to see new names this week that aren’t on the website. Current players come from all parts of the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Japan.

What’s The Same

Home field remains the glorious Ottawa Stadium (formerly RCGT Park), with ample paid parking and decent links to transit via the O-train and downtown buses. The stadium is actually Canada’s third-largest baseball stadium, behind the Big O in Montréal and Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The level of play remains the same. “Independent” baseball means it is not affiliated to the MLB, but every year, exceptional independent players are making major training camps, and moving up the in The Show. Most players average between 23 and 30 years old, and some have already played for major league teams. The Ottawa Champions had a few World Series winners move through the roster, and even this year’s Titans team has some players who were drafted by MLB teams out of high school.

Fan favourite and local hero Sebastien Boucher is back in the building, this time as the team’s Assistant General Manager. In his playing days, Boucher was one of the most prolific hitters in Can-Am League history, being the all-time leader in hits (981), runs (597), and RBI’s (545). A seventh-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2004, Boucher spent four seasons in the Seattle and Baltimore organizations, reaching as high as Triple-A. At this point, it couldn’t be baseball in Ottawa without the Overbrook-born and raised Seb Boucher at the park. To learn about the Ottawa star, check out a profile we wrote on him in 2018.

2022 Season Highlights

With a much larger league to provide competition, there won’t be any international teams visiting for exhibition matches this summer, but there are some special dates to put into your calendar now. Bark in the Park is happening monthly this year, with games on June 25th, July 28th and August 26th.  June 11th will be Country Night, and the Titans will be participating in Capital Pride with a Pride night on August 23rd.  Specific details are a bit slim on the ground right now, but be assured, I will keep you well informed. Find Apt613 behind the home dugout, keeping score and cheering very loudly.


The Ottawa Titans play at their first-ever homestand at RCGT Park from May 24–29, 2022. Visit ottawatitans.com for the game times and tickets.