Few players have been looking forward to the Canberra Cavalry's home opener like Kyle Perkins.
A wave of relief will wash over the Cavalry star when Canberra unveil a revamped Narrabundah Ballpark in their ABL championship series rematch against the Brisbane Bandits on Thursday night.
The Fort underwent a $5 million redevelopment of the grandstand, locker rooms and amenities, which has the region at the front of the queue to host international baseball.
The crown jewel of the redevelopment is the new clubhouse at the top of the main grandstand, where members will be able to watch the game.
But for Perkins, nothing tops the turf they'll be playing on.
"It’s a huge relief for me, I’ve been out here for the past three weeks doing all the field stuff and making sure it’s all going to be ready. I’m happy to say we’re good to go," Perkins said.
"I’m in the office. I’ve got a bit of experience in the field maintenance stuff and I thought it would be beneficial to get out here and make sure things are 100 per cent for day one, and I think we’re well on track to having it ready.
"It looks amazing out here. We’re super excited to open up our home stands for the season. It’s been a long three weeks on the road, we’re happy to be home and happy to be in front of our hometown fans."
A new ownership model has seen chief executive Donn McMichael and business director Dan Amodio take the reins of a Cavalry outfit that has formed an alliance with Nippon Professional Baseball team Yokohama.
McMichael was left to sweat on a handover from the government on Wednesday that proved a thorn in the Cavalry's side when it came to catering for their home opener.
The Cavalry sit third in the ABL's Northeast conference after the inclusion of the Auckland Tuatara and Geelong-Korea saw the league's structure undergo a facelift of its own.
The Bandits sit one win clear at the top of the conference and Canberra have a huge chance to make a statement as they look to "Defend the Capital".
"Obviously going down to Brisbane in the championship series was heartbreaking for a lot of our guys," Perkins said.
"Some guys went back and did their thing in independent ball last year but some of our guys have had to wait nine months to have another crack at them. We’re really excited and we really want to put up a big statement.
"They’re leading our division at the moment and we know it’s going to be a tough battle, but we think we can take the upper hand.
"We just take it a business as usual, we go out and do our thing, but it’s definitely exciting to see the league expanding. Hopefully they can continue to do that and become a real powerhouse in the future."
Thursday: Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits at Narrabundah Ballpark, 7pm.
Friday: Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits at Narrabundah Ballpark, 7pm.
Saturday: Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits at Narrabundah Ballpark, 7pm.
Sunday: Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits at Narrabundah Ballpark, 12pm.