THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~ May 26, 2020 (LSN) The Thunder Bay Border Cats regretfully announced today that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has been forced to cancel their 2020 schedule in the Northwoods League.
With the closure of the Canada-United States border until June 21 and 14-day self-isolation restrictions for visitors into the country following any potential re-opening, it has made it impossible for the Border Cats to play home games this season. Additionally, there are no guarantees a significant gathering of fans will be allowed at Port Arthur Stadium at any point this summer.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that we won’t be able to play baseball this summer in Thunder Bay, but with the current state of this pandemic, it is out of our control,” stated Border Cats president David Valente. “The Border Cats organization and its parent company Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment remains committed to Thunder Bay and the team will be back next season. We truly appreciate the patience and understanding from our fans and corporate partners,” added Valente.
There is a silver lining as the American born players on the Border Cats roster have been given the option to participate in a three-team league based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Canadian players on the roster could be added during the course of the season if they’re granted access into the United States. “The Northwoods League continues to be a top development league and that will continue this summer as a majority of our roster will be playing in a very competitive and safe environment at the home of the Bismarck Larks”, said Border Cats field manager Mike Steed. “We look forward to seeing the returning players in uniform for the 2021 season at Port Arthur Stadium.”
The Border Cats were scheduled to open the 2020 season at home tonight against the Eau Claire Express. The Cats will be contacting all current ticket holders regarding the 2020 season in the coming days.
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