Fort McMurray hosting Baseball Canada championships for next three summers

Fort McMurray athletes must earn spots on Team Alberta for the 2024 Baseball Canada Championships. As host city, Fort McMurray is guaranteed a local team for the 2025 and 2026 18U competitions.

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Baseball Canada is hosting championships in Fort McMurray during the next three summers. The organization has already hosted four national championships in the city, with the most recent competitions happening last summer.

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The 2024 Baseball Canada Cup is scheduled for Aug. 7-11. The 2025 Baseball Canada 18U Championship is on Aug. 14-17. The 2026 Baseball Canada 18U Championship is on Aug. 13-16. The events will be partnerships with the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) and Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association (FMMBA).

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“With a proven track record of hosting quality events and the city’s appetite for top notch baseball, we know it will be a success,” said Jason Dickson, CEO of Baseball Canada, in a statement.

“Over the past several years, we have had the opportunity to welcome hundreds of athletes, coaches, support staff, officials and visitors to the region to enjoy Baseball Canada events,” said FMMBA president Mike Mayuk. “We are excited to continue this for the next three years.”

Fort McMurray hosted the 13U national western championship and 18U national championship this past summer. Games were held at Shell Place, Ross Hennigar Park and J. Howard Pew Park. Fort McMurray athletes will have to earn spots on Team Alberta for the 2024 Baseball Canada Championships. As host city, Fort McMurray is guaranteed a local team for the 2025 and 2026 18U competitions.

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Encouraging local sports tourism has been named a priority for the municipality and Fort McMurray’s athletic community. The past year has also included the Arctic Winter Games and council is pursuing the Alberta Summer Games for 2026.

Last summer’s 18U and 13U tournaments included more than 10,000 spectators. Another 17,000 people watched the 18U games online from across Canada. The 13U games were not live streamed. There were 10 teams for the 18U tournament and eight teams for the 13U championship.

Joey Iannetti, head coach of Fort McMurray’s 18U team last summer, said the region’s athletic facilities are attractive options for organizers of sports tournaments.

“As far as our facilities in Fort McMurray go, we play throughout all of Alberta and Fort McMurray has some of the best facilities not only in Alberta, but I’m sure in Canada,” said Iannetti in an interview after the tournament. “The fact our kids have these facilities in Fort McMurray and can host these events brings great opportunities to youth athletes in Fort McMurray and Alberta.”

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