By Jeremy Cluff | The Republic
The Arizona Diamondbacks sent officials to Vancouver twice in the past two years to check out possibly playing there as an emergency home, according to a report by The Athletic.
The report said that the team visited the Canadian city in 2018 amid concerns over the condition of Chase Field, where the team currently plays its games.
“While working at Major League Baseball, I provided the team with numerous possibilities, including Vancouver,” Joe Garagiola Jr., who is now special adviser to the Diamondbacks’ chief executive, said in a written statement to The Athletic. “Club executives visited there to determine the reality of making it a contingency plan.”
The Athletic’s Sean Fitz-Gerald reported that the Diamondbacks received a walking tour of B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver during their visit and were shown photos from baseball games that had been played in the stadium, which hosts the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer.