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“My time at the GFI (Grand Forks International) is one that I will never forget. Being from Texas, I never believed I would have the opportunity to play baseball in Canada, and now after experiencing it in Grand Forks, I can say it is easily one of the most memorable of my life. Great crowds accompanied by great baseball made the games very exciting and I can’t wait to hopefully be back.” – Ethan Klosterboer, Texas State University.
“GFI is a high point for us during our summer. Our guys look forward to it from the moment we assemble in the early part of the season. The ballpark atmosphere has a unique intensity that is unmatched anywhere I have ever been around baseball. When you come to the GFI at James Donaldson Park you better come ready to play.” (Martin Lawrence) Manager – Northwest Honkers
It’s Canada’s number one, and richest, invitational baseball tournament. The community of Grand Forks, in the heart of Boundary Country, has a small population, but its residents accomplish great things.
June 27 – July 2 the 2017 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament will welcome 12 outstanding teams; they will compete for $54,000 in prize money. Four teams will be making their first appearance at this Canadian Classic, including the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks. The Goldpanners are one of the most storied summer collegiate baseball teams in North America.
Joining them will be the Oakland Lumberjacks from the Bay area of California. Returning teams from last year include the San Francisco Seals and from Houston Texas, the Westchase Express.
Representing Canada are the defending 2016 BC champions, Burnaby Bulldogs, who will play in the Canadian Championship in August in Victoria. And making their debut at the GFI is a team of Okanagan players, coached by Geoff White, head coach of the Okanagan College Coyotes. Their roster will include Canadian ballplayers who are attending Canadian and American universities.
Two time defending champions, Seattle Studs, are back to defend their title. The Kitsap Blue Jackets will make their initial appearance in Grand Forks, along with other returning squads; Northwest Honkers, West Coast Guns, North Sound Emeralds and Everett Merchants.
Apart from the excellent lineup of teams the ballpark atmosphere is always a hit with free GFI Bingo at every game, fun stuff for the kids, the Hardball Café, the Right Field Tavern and the GFI Hall of Fame.
25 games over 6 days: Great entertainment at reasonable prices; in the sunshine or under the lights.
The theme at the 2017 GFI is Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday and Canadian Baseball History! Follow us on Facebook or our website for ticket and contact information.