June 18, 2014(ISN) – With the start of the West Coast League’s 10th season
underway, the League is excited to announce a partnership with Black Ball Ferry
Line that will see the Coho ferry designated as the “Preferred Ferry of the West
Coast League” for the 2014 season.
“We are a league that is dependent on reliable travel services, and the Coho Ferry
is positioned ideally for most trips to Vancouver Island for our member teams,”
said West Coast League President Dennis Koho.
With the WCL’s successful expansion to the Victoria market in 2013, ferry travel
became a necessary part of team travel logistics. This relationship will assist
WCL members in more efficiently scheduling safe voyage to the Island while helping
teams best manage travel expenses.
Terms of the agreement, per league policy, will not be disclosed. West Coast League
teams will look to use the Port Angeles-to-Victoria route as often as possible when
traveling to Victoria to play the HarbourCats, and the HarbourCats will use the
Coho Ferry on most trips this season.
The WCL, HarbourCats and Black Ball Ferry Lines will support each other with website
link recognition on each others website and social media marketing.
“Black Ball Ferry Line is excited to become the preferred ferry partner of West
Coast League baseball for travel to Vancouver Island,” said Ryan Malane, Vice-President
of marketing for Black Ball Ferry Line. “With the expanding presence of the West
Coast League on the regional sports scene, we’re pleased to be able to offer the
most direct and cost-effective route between the U.S. and Canada both for teams
and their fans. We look forward to working with the League to further promote their
quality baseball product on both sides of the border.”
“The Black Ball Ferry Line has a strong tourism brand for this region, and can also
help create additional awareness for us, that there is a great brand of baseball
in the West Coast League within easy travel for people throughout the Pacific
and in British Columbia,” said Koho. “We think this is an excellent league-wide
partnership, and beyond that it is perfectly-timed with the unveiling of our fully
overhauled league website, which has just recently launched.”
The West Coast League has 12 teams, with two in British Columbia, six teams in
and four teams in Oregon. Victoria is the largest market in the league and the
set a league single-game attendance record in 2013 when 4,210 were at Royal Athletic
Park for the annual All-Star Game. That game will be held in Klamath Falls, Oregon,
this summer (July 21).