The Northwoods League has announced the dates and games for 2011 Opening Night and the 17th Annual Northwoods League All-Star Game. Opening night 2011 will be on Wednesday, June 1st while the all-star game festivities will be in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on Sunday and Monday July 17-18.
June 1st – Opening Night 2011
South Division: North Division:
Eau Claire Express @ Wisconsin Woodchucks Alexandria Beetles @ Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers
La Crosse Loggers @ Green Bay Bullfrogs Rochester Honkers @ Mankato MoonDogs
Madison Mallards @ Wisconsin Rapids Rafters St. Cloud River Bats @ Duluth Huskies
Waterloo Bucks @ Battle Creek Bombers Thunder Bay Border Cats @ Willmar Stingers
The defending Northwoods League Champion Eau Claire Express are one of three teams that will start the season on the road but play their home opener the following night. Their 2010 NWL Championship opponent, the Rochester Honkers, will do the same. Six of the first seven nights of the season will see at least one home opener around the NWL. The entire 2011 Northwoods League schedule, including game times, will be announced next Monday, November 29th.
June 2nd – Home Openers June 3rd – Home Opener June 4th – Home Openers
Wisconsin @ Eau Claire Duluth @ St. Cloud Eau Claire @ Waterloo
Mankato @ Rochester Madison @ La Crosse
Brainerd @ Alexandria
June 6th – Home Opener June 7th – Home Opener
Rochester @ Thunder Bay Wisconsin @ Madison
July 17-18 – 2011 NWL All-Star Game, Wisconsin Rapids
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters held a press conference Monday to announce that the second-year franchise would be the host of the 2011 Northwoods League All-Star Game. The two-day event will begin on Sunday, July 17th with a fan fest, home run derby and an exhibition game featuring the Field of Dreams Ghost Players. Monday, July 18th will include an all-star luncheon in addition to the main event, the 17th Annual NWL All-Star Game to be played at 7:05 central time that night.