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Ottawa Champions to hit the diamond in May 2015

Baseball will be back in Ottawa next May and organizers hope this will be the team that sticks.

The Champions will be the fourth pro baseball team to call this city home, after the Lynx, Rapidz and Fat Cats.

The Champions have signed a 10-year deal to play at Ottawa Stadium and CanAM Commissioner Miles Wolff said he is positive the Champions will survive in this market.

"We believe it can, I mean a lot of it is you believe you're going to hit .300 when you come out to play. Some do, some don't, but I think I've been in enough markets, been successful in enough markets that I believe - I know the elements are here," he said. "It's just a matter of putting those elements together."

One of those elements is local ownership. Team president and former baseball player David Gourlay has an ownership stake in the team.

"I'm honoured to be named president of our new team that will begin play in less that a year," said Goulay.

He added there would be a lot of work to do to attract fans, including investing in charities and providing fun activities for families.

He said it would be cheaper for a family of four to attend a ball game than it would be to see a movie.

The City has pledged to pour another $1.2-million into the stadium to prepare it for the first pitch.

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