Northwoods League agrees to terms offered by Bismarck, ND for play in 2017
Lease/User Agreement subject to successful concessions bid by team
Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has agreed to the terms offered by the Bismarck, ND Parks and Recreation District for an “Agreement for Use” allowing for League play beginning with the 2017 season at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.
The ballpark Agreement is subject to the respective team or its affiliate completing a successful bid process for concessions operations at Municipal Ballpark and approval of the Agreement by the Parks and Recreation District Board at a meeting anticipated on October 15, 2015.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, but the League is very excited after exhaustive negotiations with the Parks and Recreation District, culminating with the agreement of Randy Bina (Executive Director, Bismarck Parks and Recreation District) to recommend the Agreement for approval to the District Board at its October 15th meeting,” said Dick Radatz, Jr., President of the Northwoods League.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.