Labatt Park's awards cabinet gets addition

by Matt Hiscox

After our victory last night in the IBL Best Ballpark we thought you may want to know a little more about the best park! Here is a look into the awards cabinet of Labatt Park.  

  • Labatt Memorial Park was designated a “City of London heritage property” under part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act on May 30th, 1994.  The designating by law’s “reasons for designation” of Labatt Park were amended in 1996 to specifically include the Roy McKay Clubhouse (Built in the spring of 1937) at the park.
  • Labatt Park won the prestigious “Beam Clay Award” in 1989-90 as the best natural-grass baseball field in North America for cities less than 300,000 in population.
  • Labatt Park won the “Canada’s Favourite Ballpark Award” on September 7th, 2011 after a 3 month long online, national contest hosted by Baseball Canada.
  • Labatt Park won the “Great Public Place in Canada, People’s Choice Award” in 2015 after a 6 week-long online, national contest hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Since 2016, Labatt Park has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Oldest Baseball Field in the World”
  • The towering Sugar Maple tree at Labatt Park was officially recognized as a “Heritage Tree” by Trees Ontario after an on-site evaluation by a certified tree expert based on cultural and historical significance as well as size, age, and appearance.
  • Labatt Park won as the “Best Ballpark in the IBL” on June 25th, 2020, after a 3-week-long, online contested hosted by the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL)

Thank you to everyone who voted and to Barry Wells who helped put all of this awards facts together.

The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @londonmajors.