|Bill Taunton Stadium / Willmar Stingers|
|Page 2: A Cozy Ballpark|
|Page 3: Concessions, Before/After the Game|
Taunton Stadium is, at first glance, pretty reminiscent of other ballparks in the summer-collegiate Northwoods League. Then it hits you: the grandstand is exactly the same as found in Copeland Park, home of the La Crosse Loggers; the grandstand, put up in 2005 after a tornado wiped out the old grandstand, was built off the same cozy design provided by “Stadium Steve” Snyder, a Minnesota-based designer. Page 1: Introducing Bill Taunton Stadium.
Opened: Renovated 2005-2006
Cost: $1M+ for renovations
Capacity: 2,000 (give or take), including 988 seats in the grandstand
Dimensions: 324L, 373C, 326R
Architect: “Stadium Steve” Snyder
Playing Surface: Grass
Ticket Prices (2010): Diamond View Seats, $10; Box Seats, $8.50; Reserved, $6; Senior Reserved, $5; kids 4 and under, free
League: Northwoods League
Parking: Lot next to ballpark; free street parking as well.
Address/Directions: 1401 SW. 22nd St., Willmar, MN 56201. County Road 23 runs east-west through town; the ballpark is to the south on 22nd Street. Willmar Avenue interects both versions of Hwy. 23 and is west of both.
Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium, home of the Willmar Stingers and the Minnesota state amateur baseball tournament, isn’t the showiest or most historic ballpark in summer-collegiate circles, but it’s certainly one of the most pleasant. Ryan Voz and Marc Jerzak, both vets of the circuit with various franchises, took a chance on bringing a team to this small central-Minnesota community, and we’re guessing it’s paid off: crowds have been consistently good, and we got the sense there’s already a lot of local support for their efforts.
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