PRESS RELEASE – For three months, the West Michigan community watched and waited as the West Michigan Whitecaps worked to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark after a devastating fire in early January. On Tuesday, at long last, they finally reaped their rewards. Continue reading
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Hours after a massive fired ripped through a portion of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), team co-owner Denny Baxter vowed that the restored baseball stadium would be back hosting baseball in 2014. He meant what he said. The Whitecaps home opener is on Tuesday, April 8, and the ballpark is looking great. Read more and view photos here. 10 things to know here.
PRESS RELEASE – The votes have been counted, and the winner of the fifth annual Whitecaps food contest is the Auger Dogger! The deep-fried hot dog on a stick wrapped in spiral potato chips won the hearts and taste buds of Whitecaps fans, raking in 36% of the votes in the online contest. Continue reading
Despite the fact that the first Star Wars movie hit the screens in 1977, the brand is still a hot commodity in the baseball world, as at least three teams celebrate the iconic film in 2014 with Star Wars wear, including the Cincinnati Reds, Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League), and Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Midwest League).
PRESS RELEASE – As the start of the 2014 baseball season fast approaches, the rebuilding process at Fifth Third Ballpark after the January 3 fire is well underway and on schedule to meet completion dates. In addition to rebuilding the first base concourse and suite level, the Whitecaps are also making several key improvements to the ballpark. Continue reading
Nearing its 20th year in Mid-Michigan, Cooley Law School Stadium could receive a comprehensive renovation to upgrade and modernize the ballpark. The stadium renovations are part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield, including living space. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits will soon return to the field where they won the Midwest League Championship in two of the last three years. The team announced on Thursday it will celebrate those championships, as well as its second year of an affiliation with the Houston Astros, with a super-sized 2014 lineup of always-popular bobblehead giveaways. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Hungry? Read on and you will be. The fifth-annual fan voting contest to determine Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight starts today – Tuesday, February 25. The contest has produced some popular menu items at Whitecaps games, and this year promises to continue the tradition. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons announced today that a complete renovation of Fifth Third Field luxury suites is currently underway. Dragons President Robert Murphy made the announcement in a news conference at the ballpark. Continue reading
The Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Midwest League) have announced their fan giveaways and theme nights for the 2014 20th anniversary season, and it’s loaded with bobbleheads. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 15, to provide fans an opportunity to look at construction efforts at Fifth Third Ballpark. It will be the first public event at the ballpark since a fire on Jan. 3 destroyed the first-base side of the structure and caused other damage. Read more and view photo gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – We are asking fans to help decide the name of the latest fuzzy addition. This new furry friend will be a female River Rascal to go along with the Whitecaps main mascot Crash the River Rascal. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Bowling Green Ballpark may be entering just its sixth season, but new Bowling Green Hot Rods owners Stuart and Jerry Katzoff (Manhattan Capital LLC.) have announced exciting renovations to the ballpark for the 2014 campaign. A “funner” new experience, both inside and out of the ballpark, is on the way. The facelift is scheduled to be complete for Citizens First Opening Continue reading
Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner was in Beloit (WI) Wednesday for the Single-A Beloit Snappers’ (Midwest League) Hot Stove Banquet. During his visit, O’Conner said Beloit must decide its baseball future in the next few years as it relates to procuring a new or updated facility for the franchise. Read more here.
A proposed new $7 to $11 million baseball stadium in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin (WI) received a generally favorable response from city officials at a Thursday meeting. Mayor Tom Taylor and the six aldermen all expressed support for the project. But some council members also said they would be hesitant to support city financing for the stadium. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with I’m A Beer Hound, officially announce the inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark at Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday, April 5th. Festival hours are scheduled from 1pm-6pm with a special VIP entry starting at noon. Continue reading
Mike Zimmerman, owner of The Rock sports complex in the Franklin suburb of Milwaukee (WI), is seeking city permission to develop a $7-$11 million baseball stadium at the complex for an affiliated, indy pro Frontier League or summer collegiate club. The park would have 2,500 to 3,000 seats and use around 20 to 30 acres. Read more here.
Lew Chamberlin and Denny Baxter, owners of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), remain steadfast that Fifth Third Ballpark will be ready by Opening Day and repairs completed in time for the June 17 Midwest League All-Star game. Read more here. Meanwhile it’s time for the ‘Caps to find that next unique new food item via the annual fan competition below:
PRESS RELEASE – Professional Sports Catering, LLC, (PSC) in conjunction with Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, announced a partnership today at Bowling Green Ballpark (Midwest League, Single-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). PSC will manage all aspects of the food operation at Bowling Green Ballpark, including concessions, catering and staffing for every event at the stadium. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Kane County Cougars will debut a ballpark concert series during the 2014 season that features some of the Chicago area’s most popular bands. For select Saturday dates this summer beginning on June 21, fans will enjoy live music taking place before the game along with post-game entertainment by the Jesse White Tumblers and a fireworks show. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have reached an agreement with the Neuroscience Group on a naming rights deal for Fox Cities Stadium. The ten-year deal begins immediately and the home of the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers will now be known as Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Beloit Snappers have announced the hiring of two new Front Office staff members for the 2014 season. Kelvin Long will serve as the Director of Ticket Operations and Seth Flolid will be the Snappers’ Director of Operations. Continue reading
Baseball developer Jason Freier told members of the Bull Street Commission during their meeting Monday that developer Bob Hughes would donate between 10 and 12 acres of land if a baseball stadium was approved in Columbia (SC). Also, Freier said he got the green light from Major League Baseball to explore moving one of his teams to the area. He owns, via Hardball Capital, the Single-A Fort Wayne Continue reading
Photos showing the post-fire damage to Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), have been released. Indeed, a lot of work needs to be done to have the ballpark ready for opening day in April. Read more and view photos here. View Whitecaps Facebook photos here.
The Plainfield Township (MI) Fire Department on Wednesday released a seven-page report that spelled out the cause of the blaze that destroyed part of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League). The report confirmed that the fire was accidental and that the ballpark’s fire suppression system failed. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Fans of the Quad Cities River Bandits can own a piece of history with a commemorative 2013 Midwest League Championship ring in a limited-time sale. Until Feb. 1, fans may purchase rings that match the ones earned by the team’s players and staff, and each fan may personalize the championship hardware with his or her last name on the side of the ring. Continue reading
The Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) have named Adam Nuse the team’s new general manager/chief operating officer. Nuse replaces Ryan Gates, who left shortly after the season to take a job unrelated to baseball closer to where he was raised in New Jersey. Read more here.
For those who haven’t heard yet, the fire that destroyed a large section of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), was started by a space heater used by a work crew in one of the skybox suites. Read more and watch news report here.
A portion of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), collapsed after a massive fire broke out around 11 a.m. Friday. Flames spread quickly throughout the first base side of the stands, and about one third of the concourse has been destroyed. Watch news report here. We’re not sure what this means for the 2014 MWL All-Star Game scheduled to be played at Comstock on June 17.
More changes could be coming to Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), as Davenport (IA) Public Works on Thursday night will consider allowing additional improvements to the facility, including expanding the left field concourse and adding fireplace decks, bullpen seats, and an outfield river view deck. Read more here. View aerial rendering here.
PRESS RELEASE – Time Warner Cable has executed their right to opt out of the final three years of a 10-year naming rights agreement with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The decision is effective immediately. Continue reading
New ownership isn’t the only change in the front office for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who are searching for a replacement for general manager and chief operating officer Ryan Gates, who left the position shortly after the season ended. Read more here. Meanwhile improvements are on deck for Bowling Green Ballpark. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – After five years as owner of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Art Solomon is selling the successful Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays to another experienced minor league baseball team ownership group. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE - The West Michigan Whitecaps today released ticket pricing and on-sale dates for the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game, which will be played at Fifth Third Ballpark on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. In addition, the Whitecaps unveiled the All-Star logo. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Beloit Snappers President, Dennis Conerton, announced today the appointment of Robert “Bobby” Coon as Director of Media Relations for the organization. After spending the entire 2013 season as the Director of Food and Beverage he will be moving into the new role. “The opportunity has come along for Bobby to take on a position within the Snappers Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits have made a pair of offseason acquisitions, as they announced on Tuesday their two new assistant general managers, whom the Midwest League club will have oversee the baseball operations of the franchise and the year-round special events at Modern Woodmen Park. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – While the Quad Cities River Bandits franchise and Modern Woodmen Park expand their array of entertainment, the team is growing its logo mark lineup, as General Manager Andrew Chesser revealed new logos at a press conference in the sports lounge of Modern Woodmen Park Monday afternoon. Continue reading
Wanting to create a park inside a park, Dave Heller, the owner of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), has bought a new ride called a Drop and Twist to compliment the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park. The attractions will be ready by May 2014 and stay open even when the Bandits are on the road. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits are promoting a key front office member to lead the Midwest League club, as the team announced that two-year Assistant General Manager Andrew Chesser is the Midwest League club’s new General Manager at a press conference with River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller Thursday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park. Continue reading
The Single-A Beloit Snappers are close to completing a renovation of the concourse at Pohlman Field. The new concourse will feature a rain garden that will host natural vegetation and help the drainage of water from the concourse surface. The project was funded by the city of Beloit (WI) at a cost of about $82,000. View photo gallery here.