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Kenosha’s Northwoods League Franchise Holds First Event

Help Name Your Team Contest Announced

Kenosha Baseball, the group bringing a Northwoods League baseball franchise to Kenosha’s historic Simmons Field starting in June 2014, held its “First Pitch” event Thursday evening featuring a live brass band, entertainment from the nationally known Zooperstars and the unveiling of $1 million in stadium renovations.

Over 250 guests were treated to free Bacon Glazer Doughnut Cheese Burgers, brats and peanuts. A community “Help Name Your Team” Contest was announced in partnership with the Kenosha News.

Kenosha Baseball is looking to the community to help decide the name of the area’s newest team. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by submitting their idea for the name of the team to www.kenoshanews.com/nameyourteam.

The “First Pitch” event also featured appearances from City of Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, Northwoods League President Dick Radatz Jr. and Kenosha Baseball owners Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman and Conor Caloia. An 11-year lease agreement between the City of Kenosha and the Northwoods League was also signed by Mayor Bosman, Radatz and Schmitt. Construction on the 83-year old historic Simmons Field is scheduled to start later this spring. Renovation plans include:

·   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.
·   A new, indoor souvenir store that will be open year round.
 

Kenosha Baseball will be members of the 16-team Northwoods League.  The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America.  In 2013, the Northwoods League will celebrate its 20th season. Opening day at historic Simmons Field is scheduled for June 2014.

For more information on Kenosha Baseball please contact Conor Caloia at 608.509.3367 or conor@kenoshabaseball.com.