Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is a baseball park in Grand Chute, Wisconsin (although it has an Appleton mailing address).[5] It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The stadium also hosts a few music concerts each year. From 2000 until 2018, it hosted the NCAA Division III College World Series; the contract to host the event ran out in 2018 and the stadium chose to not renew the contract due to the expanded D-III playoffs schedule conflicting with the Timber Rattlers' schedule.[6] The stadium was built in 1995, and holds 5,900 people. It is also the site of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Spring Baseball Championship.[7]

Neuroscience Group Field
at Fox Cities Stadium
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Neuroscience Group Field in 2014
Full nameNeuroscience Group Field
at Fox Cities Stadium
Former namesFox Cities Stadium (1995–2007)
Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium (2007–2013)
Location2400 North Casaloma Drive
Appleton, Wisconsin
United States
Coordinates44°17′01″N 88°28′07″W / 44.283524°N 88.468742°W / 44.283524; -88.468742Coordinates: 44°17′01″N 88°28′07″W / 44.283524°N 88.468742°W / 44.283524; -88.468742
OwnerThird Base Ventures[2]
OperatorThird Base Ventures[2]
Capacity5,900 (2013–present)
5,500 (1995–2012)
Field sizeLeft field: 325 ft (99 m)
Center field: 400 ft (122 m)
Right field: 325 ft (99 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundAugust 17, 1994
OpenedApril 6, 1995[1]
Construction cost$5.5 million
($9.78 million in 2021 dollars[3])
ArchitectHNTB[4]
General contractorOscar J. Boldt Construction
Tenants
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MWL/HAC) 1995–present

HistoryEdit

 
Inside Fox Cities Stadium (June 9, 2006)

On March 9, 2007, Time Warner Cable, the area's cable provider before its 2017 merger with Charter Communications (and then-broadcast partner of the team through its local cable sports channel), signed a 10-year naming rights deal.[8] In December 2013 Time Warner opted out of the final three years of the deal. In January 2014, Neuroscience Group, a local neurology practice, reached a 10-year deal for naming rights.[9]

Following the cancelled 2020 minor league season, Appleton Baseball Club, Inc, sold the Timber Rattlers to Third Base Ventures, LLC, a group consisting of principal owner Craig Dickman and minority owners team president Rob Zerjav and Brad Raaths.[2] The group also purchased the team's ballpark from the Fox Cities Amateur Sports Authority with plans to keep the team in Grand Chute.[10]

RenovationsEdit

In November 2012, the stadium began a major renovation that was completed in 2013. This allowed for functions such as weddings or large meetings on a year-round basis.[11] Further renovations were announced in September 2022 with completion projected before the 2023 season. The renovations will meet the new standards for minor league stadiums announced in 2021. [12][13]

ReferencesEdit

Specific
  1. ^ Carlson, Chuck (April 7, 1996). "Timber Rattlers Clean Up". The Post-Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin. p. D-1 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c Mehring, Chris (December 22, 2020). "Third Base Ventures Purchases Appleton Baseball Club, Inc". Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  3. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  4. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff (July 26, 1999). "Major Firms Playing in the Minors Too". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Grand Chute Map" (PDF). Town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Town of Grand Chute. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cedar Rapids' Memorial Stadium to be the new home for the D-III World Series in 2019". D3baseball. PrestoSports. April 18, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Baseball Tournament". wiaawi.org. Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  8. ^ Christopherson, Brett (March 9, 2007). "Rattlers Sell Field-Naming Rights". The Post-Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin. Retrieved March 9, 2014.[dead link]
  9. ^ Penzenstadler, Nick (January 15, 2014). "Timber Rattlers Name Neuroscience Group New Corporate Partner". The Post-Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Mehring, Chris (December 22, 2020). "Frequently Asked Questions for the Sale of the Timber Rattlers". Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "2013 Stadium Renovations". Minor League Baseball. October 3, 2012. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Sherry, Mike. "'The talk of the town': How a $10 million Fox Cities Stadium renovation will benefit fans, players". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  13. ^ "Wisconsin Timber Rattlers; stadium renovation project announced". WITI (TV). September 29, 2022. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
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