The American Association Announces 2016 Schedule
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHEDULE
Durham, N.C. – American Association commissioner Miles Wolff released the league’s 2016 schedule on Thursday, November 19. Clubs will play 100 regular-season games from May 19 to September 5.
Twelve teams will take part in the AA’s eleventh season, and for the first time since 2011, no interleague games against clubs from the Can-Am League will take place.
The Grand Prairie AirHogs and Amarillo Thunderheads, separate league members, will operate as one entity in 2016. The team will play 25 home games at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and 25 at Potter County Memorial Stadium in Amarillo, Texas. All 11 other league members will return in their same markets.
“With 13 clubs and no interleague play, a schedule with an odd number of teams became unbalanced and difficult,” Wolff said. “We appreciate that Southern Independent Baseball, owner of the Amarillo and Grand Prairie clubs, agreed to the league’s request to operate his two teams as one in 2016. We fully expect that both teams will return in 2017 as individual entities with a full schedule in their respective markets.”
Aside from the creation of the Texas team, league divisions will otherwise remain the same as in 2015. The three division winners and one wild-card club will advance to the postseason. As in previous seasons, both the semifinals and finals will be best-of-five series.
North Division: Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.-Minn.) RedHawks, St. Paul (Minn.) Saints, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Canaries, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Goldeyes.
Central Division: Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City (Kan.) T-Bones, Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs, Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers.
South Division: Joplin (Mo.) Blasters, Laredo (Texas) Lemurs, Texas (Amarillo/Grand Prairie) TBA, Wichita (Kan.) Wingnuts.
After a one-year hiatus, the American Association All-Star Game will return on August 2, 2016, taking place at St. Paul’s CHS Field. In 2015, their first year at CHS Field, the Saints shattered the league attendance record with 404,528 spectators, an average of 8,091 per game.
The Sioux Falls Canaries open up the 2016 season with a four-game series against the Central Division Champion, Sioux City Explorers. The Birds will hit the road to kick off the season on Thursday, May 19th at Lewis & Clark Park before playing the final three games of the series at Sioux Falls Stadium Friday-Sunday.
The Canaries will once again entertain 50 games at Sioux Falls Stadium, including 21 weekend dates. The Birds’ will bring back the always popular Friday Night Fireworks Showcase presented by All-Star Fireworks with eight Friday night home dates. The Canaries will also host seven Saturday contests, and six Sunday Family Fun-Day games at the Birdcage. For the third time in four seasons, the Sioux Falls Canaries will play the Kansas City T-Bones on the 4th of July, but for the first time in nearly a decade, the Birds will host the Independence Day ball-game.
The 24th season of Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball opens in the spring of 2016. Season tickets are on sale now! For more information regarding corporate opportunities or season tickets in 2016, call the Canaries at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.