While the Capitals were on the drawing board to get a makeover at the Canac stadium, the first championship in the Frontier League was barely celebrated. Even the option of a new home elsewhere in Quebec has not been overlooked.
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“The stadium needs love, it will be 85 years old,” team president Michel Laplante said during a very positive season review.
According to him, two meetings have been held with Quebec City in recent months, and a plan has been devised to delay major work until 2027.
“It’s clear we want shorter times,” said Laplante. “We have a really positive impression of listening at the city level,” said Laplante.
Anything analyzed regarding the stadium’s foundations would be “very positive”, but according to the organization established at the stadium since 1999, those around it could work. Two of the five sections of the stands should always be. to be renewed.
Several other studies will be required to improve the food concession offer, among other things, to ensure a better reception structure and a more efficient kitchen. The lighting and sound system will also need to be reviewed, just to mention a few improvements that Capitals have in mind.
A new stadium?
According to Laplante, the option of a brand new stadium on another site shouldn’t be completely overlooked if the cost of the work to be done at the Canac stadium is too high.
Taking care to point out that such a decision came not from the Capitals, but from the Metropolitan, he said, “Everything should be evaluated.”
“We love where we are. It’s a dream place. You just have to think of everything. Maybe the costs of things have gotten so much that a new stadium is an option. I know that today, the city’s plan is, rather, to fix it.” added.
Second, he amused himself by comparing the situation of the Capitals with that of the elders. The Boston Red Sox chose to do something new at Fenway Park, while the New York Yankees chose a new stadium.
“We’re talking about two opposite directions, and in the end, they were both right because they both work so well,” he smiled.
Victims of their success
Even when it comes to the massive participation of younger baseball youth who benefit from the dome, Capitals sees a need for new investment.
About 2,400 to 2,800 people a week come to the dome, which will be built in mid-October.
“After all, Les Capitales is only 15% of the stadium’s occupancy,” Laplante said.
“If we want to continue playing professional baseball here for a few years, we need to keep small baseball in the city moving forward and make this a joint project with the City.”
A success in every way
A championship, individual records and attendance records. It’s hard to imagine anything better for capitals.
Even though the organization has already celebrated seven Can-Am League titles between 2006 and 2017, this first title in the Frontier League represents the pinnacle in the eyes of manager Patrick Scalabrini.
“I have no choice but to say that this has been the best year ever. Championship but also a comeback after years of COVID, several individual records for the players, a high-quality show with an incredible atmosphere in the stadium… We had it all at the same time”, surprising the planner A different roster next year to comply with the restrictive veterans regulations in the Frontier League .
Still, Scalabrini expects the successes of the Capitals to further increase their attraction with players everywhere.
“It was our first year at the border and we showed how serious we are. All eyes were on us in the playoffs. The players who came here experienced a unique atmosphere. I dare to believe it will help me,” he said.
General manager Charles Demers recalled that more than 150,000 spectators attended the stadium throughout the season, a record for this franchise.
At least 24,000 people attended the terrace, another resounding success.
“After two years of much quieter operations [avec les restrictions sanitaires]We had questions, but people answered the call,” he was happy.
The team drew on a hundred partners from the business community, including several who renewed their contracts for 2023.
“We will analyze all the numbers in the coming days,” added Demers, regarding the probability that the capitals will also have their most profitable years financially.
“We have always had the support of our owners. They always said that the Capitals would stay in Quebec. We’re definitely in the saddle up there more than ever before.
Michel Laplante assures that after short festivities it’s time to get back to work.
“We’re going back to work yesterday!” she made a joke. The celebrations lasted for several hours, but if our fans imagine we’re going to the Bahamas, it’s not.