Cardinals' new indoor home

 New Cardinals nest set downtown


   Former Capital Theatre building at 560 Talbot St. will be the home of

      St. Thomas minor ball association's indoor practice facility


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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St. Thomas Cardinals' vice-president Derek Brooks inside the minor baseball association's new indoor training facility. (photo / Rob Ross)

By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS -  Coming soon to downtown St. Thomas, is an indoor training facility for local youth baseball players.

The St. Thomas Cardinals minor baseball association is leasing the former Capital Theatre building at 560 Talbot Street, for off season workouts and clinics.

“We’re extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Derek Brooks, Cardinals vice-president, allowing players to keep their off season training local, after years of making the trek to London.

“Our members told us that they would prefer to do their training in St. Thomas,” Brooks said.

The Cardinals looked at several locations throughout the Railway City over the past four months, before deciding on the one that meets their needs.

The building offers 6,500 square feet of space with 24-foot high ceilings.

Plans include having six retractable batting cages and a fully turfed playing area, for running, throwing and fielding.

 Fresh paint and the installation of lightning, turf and netting, are currently happening, as the Cardinals aim for a September 1st opening.

“We have done a lot of improvements over the last 10 years to our outdoor facilities in terms of batting cages, field improvements and the construction of (Cardinal field),” said Brooks.  “This is the finishing piece of what we haven’t been able to provide.”

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The front of the former Capital Theatre, now the home of the St. Thomas Cardinals' indoor training facility, at 560 Talbot St. (photo / Rob Ross)

The indoor facility will be available for rental to other organizations as well, adds Brooks.

Outdoor diamonds for the Cardinals include Emslie Field, New York Central, the Tarry Complex and the Centennial Sports Club minor baseball complex, located along Sauve Avenue, that includes Cardinal Field.

Over the past 10-12 years, St. Thomas minor baseball has contributed around half a million dollars towards improvements for the game in St. Thomas, such as renovating and construction of fields / diamonds and batting cages.

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