The Western Association is Back and Better Than Ever
Following a two-year delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
The Western Association hits the reset button and announces
plans for the summer of 2023
IRVINE, CA, Aug. 3, 2022 -- The Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (WAPB) today, following several delays spanning roughly two years caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, has hit the reset button and is planning to hit the field in the summer of 2023.
After forming in the fall of 2019, the delays have allowed the league to build a foundation to ensure long-term success. The WAPB plans to play a 78-game regular season with clubs occupying Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California market territories. “As it sits today, we’ve got confirmed ballpark leases in six markets throughout our planned league map,” said Peter Young, VP of Business Operations. “During the past two years, we’ve received market reservations covering Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, so at this time, we’ve got six clubs for 23’, but that number can change dramatically as we push towards the fall.”
The League has publicly announced one franchise, the Henderson Hoo, which will play at Morse Field on the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) campus. Over the coming eight weeks, the League plans to announce the remaining five clubs, two of which will be league-owned.
“We want to allow members to introduce themselves to their markets and the general public to give them a proper platform,” said Nick Desrosiers, Interim Chairman of the WAPB. “We’ve had a significant amount of time to plan our path forward, and as a result, we’re extremely excited to have a date on the calendar finally.”
Additionally, the league announced a multi-million dollar financing round through private investors raising $5 million. “This investment will help us deliver a premier product on and off the field and lay the foundation for long-term success,” said Young.
As the Western Association continues forward on a fast-tracked path toward Opening Day, it has stated it has conducted a national search for the League’s first Commissioner and that individual will be introduced later this year.