Northwoods League meeting

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

There were about 150 people present at the Northwoods League Baseball meeting, which was held tonight at the Civil War Museum.  Mayor Keith Bosman and members of the league signed the lease agreement.  Refreshments, including brats, popcorn, peanuts, soda, water, cotton candy, and bacon glazed doughnut cheeseburgers, were served.

More pictures from the event:

An example of the four-seat tabletops behind home plate.

An example of the four-seat tabletops behind home plate.

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Here is a short video of the K-Town Dixie Ramblers, performing a baseball favorite.  Watch the little boy on the right; he’s really getting into it!

More pictures of the event:

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The K-Town Dixie Ramblers

The K-Town Dixie Ramblers

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One more short video:

Background

Northwoods League Baseball is coming to a restored, historic Simmons Field in June, 2014.  The Northwoods League (NWL) has become the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league by combining the best amateur baseball players in the country along with a creative focus on affordable family entertainment.  In partnership with the city of Kenosha, the team will help restore the 83-year-old Simmons Field by making the following improvements:

  • Major league style folding stadium seats from Camden Yards in Baltimore;
  • An expanded concrete seating structure offering more seats with better sight lines;
  • Hospitality areas for group entertainment;
  • An updated and expanded concession area and courtyard;
  • New dugouts and field perimeter brick wall; and
  • A new, indoor souvenir store that will be open year-round.

Team owners Steve Schmitt, Conor Caloia, and Vern Stenman currently operate the Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the NWL.  The Mallards draw more than 6,000 fans per game leading all of summer collegiate baseball in attendance and outdrawing several AA and AAA affiliated minor league teams each year.  The Rafters operate in the second smallest market in the NWL, but still rank in the top half of the circuit in attendance — drawing nearly 1,400 fans per game.  Both of these teams have become ingrained in their respective communities not just by providing a high level of baseball, but by constantly focusing on improving their facilities and providing a truly unique entertainment option.

The NWL is built on an ability to make baseball work in communities that historically have not been able to support minor league baseball teams.  Twelve of the current sixteen NWL markets previously had a professional team, and the arrival of the NWL has provided stability to the baseball scene in each of these markets.  The history of baseball in Kenosha is almost identical to the history of the majority of successful markets in the NWL.

The goal of Kenosha Baseball is to provide affordable, family entertainment while playing an integral role in the community and becoming woven into the fabric of summers in Kenosha.  Kenosha Baseball promises to provide a baseball and entertainment product that will be unique to the Kenosha area, featuring things like a visit from a human cannonball, bacon glazer doughnut cheeseburgers, bobbleheads, along with the major leaguers of tomorrow.  With all of this and more in store for Simmons Field, it is sure to become a community gathering place for the entire city to be proud of.

The NWL offers a seven-game package for $99, which includes:

  • All-you-can-eat-and-drink deliciousness;
  • Guaranteed giveaways (even if you’re late);
  • More entertaining than basic cable;
  • Fully exchangeable, freakishly flexible tickets; and
  • A comfortable stylish and stylishly comfortable free hat.

Also, try your hat at naming the team.  From now until midnight on March 18, 2013, Kenosha area residents can submit their ideas for the name of the new NWL team at Simmons Field.  Check out the website at:  www.kenoshabaseball.com for details.

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