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Border Cats, city to update state of Port Arthur Stadium field

Weather partially to blame for slowdown of renovations to aging facility's playing surface.
Former Border Cats’ pitcher Wes Parsons throws against the Alexandria Beetles. (Jamie Smith,

THUNDER BAY -- The Thunder Bay Border Cats will hold a joint news conference on Thursday to provide an update on the state of Port Arthur Stadium and how it will affect the team's early home schedule.

Work continues on improvements to the stadium's field in preparation for September's U-18 Baseball World Cup  and it's believed the facility might not be ready for the team to play its scheduled June 3 home opener. The issue appears to be some of the field's grass not surviving the winter and safety factors surrounding the time it will take to replace it with new sod.

The Northwoods League team was contacted on Wednesday for comment, but declined, saying only that a statement would be forthcoming.