Courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin
MEQUON, Wis. -- The long-awaited press conference at Concordia University Wisconsin's Environmental Center Tuesday morning revealed the name of the new baseball stadium on the CUW campus and exciting details of their summer affiliation.
The multi-million dollar structure, situated at the northeast corner of the Concordia-Wisconsin campus, will be called Kapco Park, and will host the 2012 Northern Athletics Conference Tournament.
The wooden bat league team, which will compete in the Northwoods League, has been named the Lakeshore Chinooks. John Vodenlich, the baseball coach at UW-Whitewater, was also introduced as the Chinooks first skipper.
A large media throng heard preliminary plans described jointly by CUW President Patrick Ferry, Kapco President Jim Kacmarcik, Milwaukee Brewer Hall of Famer and minority owner Robin Yount, and Northwood League President Dick Raddatz.
League play will being the first week of June and continue through early August. The team will be comprised of players from around the country who aspire to play professional baseball. The Northwoods league includes 17 separate teams. Wisconsin-based squads include the Green Bay Bullfrogs, Madison Mallards, Eau Claire Express, La Crosse Loggers, Wisconsin (Wausau) Woodchucks, and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
CUW's baseball team will use Kapco Field for their spring season and the Sports Management students will be involved in much of the day-day operation for the summer league team.
Concordia School of Pharmacy Dean and Mequon Mayor Curt Gielow may have summed it up best. "This is a tremendous step both for this University and for the surrounding communities in SE Wisconsin. We embrace the concept."