The Bellingham Bells are excited to announce the release of their 2016 West Coast League schedule. The Bells will play a total of 56 games this summer, 29 of which will be at home.
The Bells home opener will be on Tuesday, June 7, the beginning of a three-game series with the Bells’ 2014 West Coast League championship series opponent, the Corvallis Knights. The home opener will feature the popular $2 Tuesday promotion and other special promotions to be announced at a later date.
2016 Schedule Highlights include:
· 54 West Coast League games
· 29 home games
· Multiple “$2 Tuesday” promotions and several other fun promotional events
· Home game on Fourth of July featuring a 1:05 p.m. first pitch
· Monday-Saturday home games beginning at 7:05 p.m.
· Sunday afternoon home games (with the exception of July 3) beginning at 3:05 p.m.
The Bells’ schedule begins and ends with their 2015 West Coast League Division Playoff opponent, the Kelowna Falcons, and also features a home series versus the 2015 West Coast League champion Bend Elks.
“Joe Martin Field will be once again be filled with great energy and excitement during the summer months,” said Bells general manager Nick Caples. “We look forward to treating Bells fans to competitive baseball and terrific, high value, family entertainment.”
New for the 2016 season, the WCL has realigned to a two-division structure, with a north and a south division. This realignment will help accentuate longtime rivalries, while allowing players and fans to have greater exposure to the markets and teams that comprise the WCL.
Bellingham will play in the north division, alongside two Canadian teams, the Kelowna Falcons and the Victoria HarbourCats. The Wenatchee AppleSox and Walla Walla Sweets will also be part of the new five-team north division. The south division will consist of the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz Black Bears, Kitsap BlueJackets, Yakima Valley Pippins and the newest WCL franchise team in Gresham, Ore.
Additionally, the board of directors has decided to move to a split-season format to determine playoff participants. Each division will qualify two teams for the four-team playoff and qualification will be based on which team has the best schedule for the first and second half of the season.
The Bells are finalizing the 2016 promotional schedule, which will be available at a later date. For more information about the 2016 schedule, visit www.bellinghambells.com or call (360) 527-1035.