|Warner Park (the "Duck Pond") / Madison Mallards|
|Changes at the Duck Pond|
|Remains of the Day|
|Concessions and More|
It is one of the best ballpark renovations we've seen in years: the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) made huge changes to Warner Park (i.e., the Duck Pond) this offseason, tearing down obsolete bleachers and adding all chairback seating, a new club and an elevated concourse -- all for under $2 million.
Year Opened: 1982; renovated, 2011
Dimensions: 308 1/3L, 365LC, 380C, 365RC, 295 2/3R
Playing Surface: Grass
Ticket Prices (2012): Triple Play Club, $25; Dugout Box, $12; Field Box, $10; Diamond Box, $9; Standing Room Only, $5. Reserved Duck Blind (all you can eat/drink): $38 (Fri-Sat), $33 (Sun-Thurs). GA Duck Blind (all you can eat/drink): $33 (Fri-Sat), $28 (Sun-Thurs). Duck Blind Club Reserved Tables for 8: $350. Tricor/West Bend Club sold as part of season ticket.
League: Northwoods League.
Former Tenants: Madison Muskies (Low Class A; Midwest League), Madison Hatters (Low Class A; Midwest League), Madison Black Wolf (independent; Northern League).
Parking: Free and abundant, either adjacent to the ballpark or across the street at the mall.
Address/Directions: 2920 N. Sherman Av., Madison. Warner Park in on the northwestern side of Madison. From wherever you are, you'll want to make your way to the Aberg Ave. exit and head northwest. After you pass the Shopko (on right), you'll turn right onto Packers Avenue, eventually veering left off of Packers Avenue onto Northport Drive. Warner Park is on the southwest corner (on your left) of Northport Drive and Sherman Avenue. There are two entrances to Warner: either turn left to reach the Sherman Avenue entrance (on the right-hand side of Sherman) or continue past the intersection and turn left into the Northport Drive entrance.
The changes at the Duck Pond are pretty dramatic. The bleachers in the seating bowl was totally dismantled after the 2010 season, while the seating area of the grandstand was dismantled as well. Installed down the first-base line: a new two-section metal structure, intersected by a concourse. That concourse extends to a reconstructed grandstand behind home plate; the concessions and restroom building was left intact, while the press box was raised to make room for a new all-you-can-eat club section catering to fans in the two sections behind home plate. The concourse then extends further down the third-base line. A walkway allows handicapped access to the upper concourse; there are also traditional stairwells.
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