Report: Diamondbacks explore Vancouver as possible contingency site

BC Place Stadium in Vancouver in 2015. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Another Canadian city has emerged as a possible host for an existing MLB franchise, this time on the country’s West Coast.

A report Wednesday by The Athletic‘s Sean Fitz-Gerald says the Arizona Diamondbacks have visited Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium to explore it as a possible host site in case of a structural emergency at Chase Field.

Vancouver joins Montreal as a potential option for MLB teams after the Quebec city has emerged as a potential second home for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The report says the Diamondbacks visited Vancouver in 2018 after concerns over repairs at Chase Field and are on MLB’s list of six potential temporary homes. According to the article, officials from the Diamondbacks got a tour of the stadium, currently home to the CFL’s B.C. Lions and MLS’s Vancouver Whitecaps.

BC Place Stadium has previously hosted many events, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Grey Cup and an NHL game. Exhibition baseball games were played there in 1994 before renovations took place.

Vancouver is already home to one baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians, who are the Class A short-season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The NBA left the city in 2001 after six seasons of the Vancouver Grizzlies.

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