The Sydney Blue Sox were waiting for the location they could resume their season. Today, the New South Wales Deputy Premier announced the location. Lismore, about 450 km North of Sydney (close to Brisbane), will be the town, the Blue Sox will face the Canberra Cavalry coming weekend.
The ballpark where the series will take place is Albert Park Baseball Complex, which is also home to the Australian Little League Championship. Later this year, the complex will also host the ABL All-Star Game, which will be played for the first time since 2017.
This is all part of a partnership between the Blue Sox, the ABL and the New South Wales government. Part of this partnership is the return of the Blue Sox and the All-Star Game next season.
The Blue Sox season was in danger following the introduction of border closures around the country due to COVID-19.
“Border closures have forced the cancellation of 12 Blue Sox games, resulting in the loss of ticket sales and potentially threatening the future of the team,” NSW deputy premier Barilaro said.
“Providing this support will enable the Blue Sox to play the remaining games of the 2020/21 season while also giving fans the opportunity to see Australia’s best All-Stars smashing some home runs at Albert Park.
“The Blue Sox games will be broadcast on Fox Sports, Kayo and ABL YouTube while the All-Star Games will showcase regional NSW to a live international audience.”
According to Baseball Australia chief executive Cam Vale, the NSW Government’s support was instrumental in allowing the Blue Sox to compete in the remainder of the season. One may wonder if Vale now understands why the Auckland Tuatara withdrew from the season…
The schedule of the remainder of the season will be announced later today.