Stade Canac tailor-made transformations



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Canac Stadium in Québec City ready for renovation Image: Ville de Québec

The Stade Canac in Québec City, Quebec, Canada, will undergo major tailor-made transformations. The various sporting organizations have requested that the facilities should be tailor-made.

‘ville.quebec.qc.ca’ stated that in addition to investing $20 million to ensure the sustainability of Stade Canac, the City of Québec is working closely with its partners to improve the existing facilities at the venue.

The Stade Canac is a stadium in Québec City, Quebec (Canada). It is used primarily for baseball and is currently the home stadium for the Québec Capitales of the independent Frontier League. Originally opened in 1939, it has a capacity of 4,300 and is located within the boundaries of the Victoria Park, (occupying about a quarter of the park’s total area), a Municipal park and recreation area located between the St-Roch district of Québec City and the South shore of the Saint-Charles River. Modest in capacity relative to the size of the City’s population, it is well-attended during the Capitales home games.

The Québec Capitales are a professional baseball team based in Québec City. They compete in the Frontier League as a member of the East Division. Since their establishment in 1999, the Capitales have been playing their home games at the Stade Canac.

East St Louis (US)-based the Frontier League is a professional baseball league based in the East North Central and Mid-Atlantic United States and Central Canada. It operates as one of the four Major League Baseball (MLB) Partner Leagues in the American independent baseball league system.

New York (US)-based Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league and the highest level of organized baseball in the United States and Canada. One of the big four major leagues, the MLB comprises 30 teams, divided equally between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.

‘ville.quebec.qc.ca’ further stated that when the budget was tabled in December 2023, the City announced $20 million in its 10-year capital plan to rejuvenate the Stade Canac.
 

Scheduled from 2024 to 2028, the upgrades work will include:

  • Replacement of the field lighting and sound system (2024);
  • Carrying out structural repair work (2025 to 2028);
  • Complete renovation of the exterior façades (2026-2027);
  • Improving universal accessibility (2026-2027);
  • Replacement of the maintenance garage (2026-2027);
  • The repair of the interior spaces and the concrete slabs (2026 to 2028); and
  • The demolition and construction of a new annex for the administrative wing in the Eastern sector (2027-2028).

 
The above upgrades will be carried out from October to April, in order to limit the impact on the Québec Capitales baseball season.

Averred Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec, “For more than 20 years, from 1977 to 1999, the Stade Canac was in a state of total disrepair. However, with the arrival of the Québec Capitales in 1999, the facility has got a new lease on life. Now, with the extensive refurbishment works to be carried out, the pristine sheen of Stade Canac will be restored.”

Underlined Jean-François Gosselin, Leader of the Opposition, Quebec City Council, “Baseball has grown in popularity in recent years in Quebec. The decision to totally revamp the Stade Canac shows our commitment towards sports in general and baseball in particular and making the same popular within our community.”
 

Crowds by the horde

Since the installation of the inflatable dome in 2017, educational establishments and sports organizations hold events in the Stade Canac in regular intervals. The various organizations have requested the Québec City authorities to ensure that the revamped Stade Canac boasts the best-of-breed tailor-made facilities. The stadium is now abuzz with activities 350 days in a year.

The planned developments include the construction of a chalet (wooden house) for the young crowd in connection with the baseball sports-studies program, locker rooms, a training room, as well as office spaces.
 

Take by storm

The popularity of baseball has increased considerably over the past six years in Quebec with a 12 percent increase in registrations in minor and adult leagues.

To meet this growing demand for baseball, the Québec City is investing steadily in its sports facilities. In 2024, a sum of $4 million has been allocated for the total makeover of the baseball field at the Réal-Cloutier Park in Québec City into a synthetic surface, as well as for the repair of the stands and the players’ shelters.

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