February 27, 2019 · 6:05 am
Mindiola Park won’t serve as the home for a new summer collegiate baseball stadium and soccer complex. Waukesha (WI) city officials acknowledged that a plan to use $12.8 million in public financing through future property tax dollars (TIF) to fund a multi-sport complex at the Hoover Avenue park simply does not have the support it needs to make it a reality. Read more here.
August 31, 2018 · 5:50 am
A season-long series of negotiations may yet result in a $12 million baseball stadium and soccer complex at Mindiola Park. On Aug. 28, Waukesha’s (WI) finance committee voted 5-0 to recommend the common council approve the plan. Read more here.
May 3, 2018 · 4:15 am
After looking like it struck out on a deal earlier this year, Waukesha (WI) is rounding third in its quest to bring Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) baseball to the city. Read more here.
March 21, 2018 · 9:41 pm
For now, Waukesha (WI) is still negotiating a contract with Big Top Baseball to build a 2,500-seat baseball stadium that would double as a soccer facility, but the long-term vision for Mindiola Park has gotten grander. Read more here.
February 19, 2018 · 4:13 am
In a surprise announcement last week, Waukesha (WI) city officials said the public/private partnership with Big Top Baseball won’t move forward “at this time,” setting aside a $4.7 million stadium plan tied to the ballfield. Read more here.
February 6, 2018 · 4:23 am
The city of Waukesha (WI) held a public information meeting Monday night over a controversial proposal to partner with Big Top Baseball to renovate the ballpark at Frame Park for a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchise. The Common Council will reportedly vote on the proposal Feb. 22. Read more here.
February 1, 2018 · 4:02 am
During the public presentation, both Big Top and Waukesha (WI) city officials referenced the possibility of soccer matches at the Frame Park ballfield. Renderings provided by Big Top even showed the outline of a soccer field superimposed onto the ball diamond. Read more here.
January 25, 2018 · 4:12 am
The scene in the city’s common council chambers, in some ways, resembled a ballpark filled to capacity, as Big Top Baseball officials laid out the organization’s proposed plan for bringing a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchise to Frame Park in Waukesha (WI). Not everyone is happy about it. Read more here.
January 23, 2018 · 4:42 am
A proposal to develop Waukesha’s (WI) Frame Park baseball field into a for-profit baseball stadium for a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchise is drawing opposition from those who say the land should stay open to the public. Read more here.
January 10, 2018 · 6:36 am
The disharmony on social media generated by the renewal of recent news that a Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) ownership group is interested in developing the Frame Park field into a more stadium-like facility, has been reflected in meetings in and around city hall, too. There is no shortage of opinions. Read more here.
December 24, 2017 · 7:55 am
Big Top Baseball, which owns and operates four successful Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) franchises in Wisconsin (Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs), has been talking with Waukesha (WI) officials for months about placing a team at a renovated Frame Park. This isn’t the first time baseball suitors have come calling, but Big Top actually has the money, experience, and muscle to get it done. Read the latest news here.
September 10, 2015 · 4:09 am
The bank owner of the Rockford Aviators’ (Indy Pro, Frontier League) ballpark in Loves Park (IL) has reached an agreement with Rockford Baseball Properties led by Chad Bauer to have the group take over the lease as of October 1st. Bauer, who is listed as assistant GM of the summer collegiate Northwoods League’s Lakeshore Chinooks and unsuccessfully tried to bring a NWL franchise to Waukesha (WI), believes Rockford would make a good addition to the circuit. Read more here.
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