BELOIT (WKOW) – Development plans for the proposed downtown Beloit stadium are coming closer and new renderings for the riverside ballpark have been released.
Construction of the stadium is anticipated to break ground in spring 2020.
Located on seven acres between the Rock River and Beloit Transfer Facility near the Beloit City Hall building, and just north of Shirland Avenue, the 3,500 capacity venue will serve as a community facility focused on providing youth, educational and cultural events, in addition to its plans to host the Beloit Snappers.
“These renderings further bring to life an exciting future for community members in the Beloit region,” said developer Diane Hendricks. “This shared community space will create a strong connection to downtown Beloit and provide a beautiful, family-friendly amenity.”
The state-of-the-art stadium, designed by Jones Petrie Rafinski, will feature a grandstand with administrative offices and player facilities, concessions and restrooms, and a 300+ capacity ‘stadium club’ that can be used year-round, according to a news release.
The main concourse will wrap 360 degrees around the field and features a main entry gate at center field. Outdoor group areas will be located in left field and right field with a kid’s playground and inflatable area planned for the outfield concourse.
Additionally, the stadium will include facilities and an artificial turf field that allow flexibility to host other non-baseball events in the community. New surface parking lots will be provided to the north and south of the stadium.
“With the leadership of Diane Hendricks and others who are stepping up to build a fabulous stadium in Beloit, this revitalization project brings the city one step closer to becoming America’s renaissance city,” said Quint Studer, who plans to acquire the Beloit Snappers. “We are so grateful to bring our experience and investment to such a noble project.”
A Janesville native, Studer is owner of Pensacola, Florida-based Studer Entertainment & Retail and co-owner of the minor league baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
“The stadium’s prime location in downtown Beloit along with its ability to function as a catalyst for a number of family-friendly community events make it a great win for the community,” added Lori Luther, Beloit City Manager. “The City of Beloit continues to look forward to the economic, cultural and recreational opportunities that the community stadium will bring to our downtown district.”