I spent this past Sunday down at Great Chief Park coaching the Boston Pizza Bantam AA Braves during a three-game exhibition series between Camrose, a team from Edmonton and ourselves. I feel I’m fortunate because I’ve spent, and continue to spend, a lot of time at GCP over the years between playing and coaching baseball.
What seems to be a constant theme during my time there is folks from out of town absolutely raving about GCP. The coach from Edmonton mentioned to me that “he was trying to text his friends how beautiful a ball park we had but couldn’t find the words to properly describe it.” Any coach who visits can’t seem to say enough about Great Chief.
The grounds crew and city staff do an absolutely amazing job providing a beautiful playing surface and awesome playing experience for players of all ages.
I don’t think many people realize that in our own city we have one of the best baseball facilities in Alberta if not Western Canada. Too soon, this year’s baseball season will be winding down.
If you see, while reading the Advocate’s local sports section, that there is baseball happening at GCP on a day you have no plans, whether it’s senior men’s or mosquito baseball, you really should make your way down and enjoy this gem we should all be proud of!
Coach, Red Deer Bantam AA Braves