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Shaw Park, formerly Canwest Park, is a baseball stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is home to the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.
It is a modern stadium that opened May 24, 1999, and served as the baseball venue during the 1999 Pan American Games. The facility has been expanded twice, and in 2010 had the largest seating capacity in the Northern League with 7,481 seats. It is located in Downtown Winnipeg, within sight of Winnipeg's renowned Portage and Main intersection and immediately adjacent to The Forks National Historic Site.
The facility was named after Canwest, which at the time was one of Canada's largest media companies, but the field has sometimes gone by the nickname "The Fishbowl" ("Goldeye" being a species of freshwater fish native to Winnipeg's waterways). The facility was originally planned to be called "Mind Field", chosen from a stadium-naming contest with title sponsor Mind Computers. However, negative connotations due to the chosen stadium name sounding similar to minefield, as well as Mind Computers bailing out of their naming rights agreement before the stadium opened, led to the scrapping of those original plans. The name of the stadium was officially changed to Canwest Park on January 16, 2008, following the media company's corporate rebranding from CanWest Global to Canwest.
After Canwest's bankruptcy in 2010, the Goldeyes went into negotiations with Shaw Communications, and renamed the stadium Shaw Park. The local Shaw TV channel has been the team's local television broadcaster for several years.Retired numbers
Three Goldeyes players have had their numbers retired. Brian Duva's #5 was retired in 2002, Donnie Smith's #21 was retired in 2009, and Max Poulin's #6 was retired in 2011.Naming rights
On January 11, 2011, it was revealed that the park would be renamed "Shaw Park".