The Giants are home

First home series in Fort McMurray from now until July 1

By Krista Balsom, Fort McMurray Giants

Dutche Iannetti, co-owner and vice-president of High Plains Baseball, with Fort McMurray Giants organizers, cheerleaders and represen- tatives in April on their home base at the Shell Place. Residents are encouraged to meet the Team and be fans during their first home game series with Canada Day featuring a double-header against Melville. Photo by Sean Mclennan

Dutche Iannetti, co-owner and vice-president of High Plains Baseball, with Fort McMurray Giants organizers, cheerleaders and representatives in April on their home base at the Shell Place. Residents are encouraged to meet the Team and be fans during their first home game series with Canada Day featuring a double-header against Melville. Photo by Sean Mclennan

The Fort McMurray Giants are proud to announce that they have come home to Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park. The Giants played their first home series game in Fort McMurray on June 29 and have games on June 30 and July 1.

“The whole Giants organization is very excited to be coming home,” said Dutche Iannetti, co-owner and vice-president of High Plains Baseball. “We’re very confident that Fort McMurray is now safe for the players and our fans and can’t wait to create baseball history in Fort McMurray this summer.”

The Fort McMurray Giants have been graciously welcomed and are thankful to the Edmonton Prospects Baseball Organization, using the Edmonton Ballpark (formerly Telus Field) as their home field since the wildfires in May forced the town and the team out of Fort McMurray until it was safe to return. The return to Fort McMurray has caused a shift in the schedule for the remainder of the season and full details can be found online at www.fortmcmurraygiants.ca.

The first series in Fort McMurray was against Regina at 5:05 p.m. on June 29. The series will continue on June 30 with a game sponsored by Raymond James at 7:35 p.m. Canada Day will feature a double-header against Melville with the first game starting at 2:05 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m.

Canada Day will also be our first Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Local Hero Day and all first responders, active and retired military personnel, municipal law enforcement and RCMP officers are welcome to attend the game for free with identification.

“We are delighted to welcome the Giants home to the Baseball Stadium at Shell Place,” said Annette Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC). “Our entire team is excited and ready to host our home town baseball team, as well as fans from across the region as they enjoy baseball in our own community this summer.”

For full information regarding tickets, full season schedule and other important details about attending the game at Shell Place, please visit the Giants website at www.fortmcmurraygiants.ca.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Shell Place Box Office or call 780-791-0070.

(PLEASE NOTE: This article was published before the June 29 game took place. For final score and updates, check the Giants website mentioned above.)

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