MCCU Field at C.O. Brown Stadium receiving new renovations and community events
BATTLE CREEK, MI: The Battle Creek Battle Jacks, in conjunction with Marshall Community Credit Union (MCCU) and the city of Battle Creek, announced a new naming rights partnership officially christening the field at C.O. Brown Stadium as MCCU Field.
“Outside of the new team name this is the biggest announcement in the history of our organization” said Battle Jacks owner Brian Colopy. MCCU has been an incredible supporter of the organization over the years and we are ecstatic about this new partnership and all of the things it will allow us to do for our fans, our players, and the entire Battle Creek community.”
“We are very excited about this opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Battle Creek Battle Jacks and the entire Battle Creek Community,” remarked Corrie Rozell, Marshall Community Credit Union’s CEO. “We want to do all we can to support the efforts being made to bring more fun, events, and entertainment to the area.”
Along with announcing the partnership with MCCU, the Battle Jacks also unveiled updates coming to the ballpark in 2022. A rendering of the renovated left field deck, now named the “Bud Light Dog House,” will provide an upgraded experience for groups outings and events held on the deck. The team also announced that the MCCU Field playing surface will be receiving a facelift along with a new field tarp later this spring. While MCCU Field will still be primarily used for baseball games, the Battle Jacks and MCCU will also be bringing new community events and festivals to the ballpark with announcements of such coming later this spring and summer.
The Battle Jacks also revealed plans to upgrade the main grandstand bleacher seats for the 2022 season. The first four rows of the grandstand bleachers will now have their very own food and drink rail. This food and drink rail will be created using recycled bleacher seats that will be removed in order to make room for the food and drink rail additions. The team will also be revamping the kids zone area in the ballpark, with 3 new inflatables to be available at every home game. A new addition to MCCU Field will be the wiffle ball field installed in the green space down the right field line that will be open to kids of all ages.
“When we were putting this partnership together, it was vital to our organizations that a portion of the investment by MCCU went directly to upgrading the ballpark each year. We are thrilled about the opportunity to partner with MCCU and the city of Battle Creek and take MCCU Field from a baseball stadium to one of the premier event venues in Southwest Michigan” said Battle Jacks General Manager Tyler Shore.
MCCU Field at C.O. Brown Stadium was constructed in 1990 and is located inside Bailey Park, which has long been home to amateur baseball and softball. The ballpark has previously been home to the Michigan Battle Cats, Battle Creek Yankees, Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and the Battle Creek Bombers. That rich history of baseball is something that the city of Battle Creek hopes to continue through its partnership with the Battle Jacks at MCCU Field.
“The city of Battle Creek and the recreation department are excited for the inaugural season for the Battle Jacks and MCCU Field.. We look forward to carrying on the long tradition of great baseball in the city at MCCU Field at C.O. Brown Stadium. The events, festivals and activities that the Battle Jacks have planned will bring a revitalization and energy to Bailey Park and we are happy to be part of it” said city of Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Director, Duska Brumm.
For more information about upcoming events at MCCU Field, please visit MCCUField.com.
The Battle Jacks will kick off their inaugural season and open the gates to MCCU Field on Monday, May 30th at 6:35pm against the defending Northwoods League Champion Traverse City Pit Spitters. The full 2022 baseball schedule can be found at BattleJacksBaseball.com
The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.battlejacksbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Battle Jacks as your favorite team.