We will update photos throughout the construction phase of the Raise the Grandstand project........
Here's to the future of the Waconia Community!
It is with great excitement and "Waconia Pride" that we would like to announce that the Raise the Grandstand project is moving towards construction. The bidding process is complete and the city council has moved forward with the construction phase of the project.
We are, without a doubt, grateful for the support that everyone has shown to make this project a reality. While this great news will put the shovel in the ground, we are still in need of your help. We will be confirming our pledges from those who have been there from the start and looking to gain partners to make this project complete.
Kellie Sites, President of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, said it best in her recent Chamber article, "....it's all about the ambiance....if you build it, they will come." (SEE KELLIE'S FULL CHAMBER ARTICLE BELOW)
Additionally, our friends at the Sun Patriot wrote a nice article about the project to this point. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE)
These examples truly articulate what we already knew - that Waconia is a baseball town!
We will be updating the community throughout the next few months about the progress of this project. Until then know that this project is, and always has been, about the Waconia Community and making this place the best place to live. If you would like to pledge or gain more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soon we will all have a place where lyricist Jack Norworth must have been thinking of when he wrote,
"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back....."
Yours in Baseball,
Waconia Baseball Association
(from Kellie Sites - President of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce)
Summertime and the livin’ is easy….
Summertime in Minnesota isn’t actual my favorite time of year. Being a northwest gal, I prefer chilly nights and fewer bugs in the summer, but one thing I do love in summer, no matter where we live is baseball!
But why? Is it all the statistics? Pretty sure that is not why I love baseball. I really think it’s all about the ambiance. We like to just go to a baseball game, getting there early enough to watch the teams warm up. Time to find our seats… time to find just the right beverage and meal to eat. It’s all so relaxing! You’re just forced to slow down. It’s best if you can put your phone away – that way you’re not distracted – and less likely to get hit by a foul ball.
But why am I writing about this? I just went to a Saint Paul Saints game for the first time on Monday night. The buzz in Saint Paul was amazing on a Monday night! Fans filling all the bars and restaurants, fans making their way to the stadium, fans laughing and looking at souvenirs to buy… It was a great decision by the people of Saint Paul, the Saints organization and the City of Saint Paul to build this new stadium where they did. I have been to the old stadium – which was also fun – but the new stadium has a special buzz. We loved every minute of our time there.
But why do we care in Waconia? Because we’re getting a new grandstand! Why does this matter to the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau? Because it’s true – if you build it, they will come. Teams will come for tournaments and they’ll need to eat and drink and stay somewhere. And more than that, our community will be more inspired to go watch a game. If you read the Patriot today, you’ll see that the Lakers and the Legion teams are doing so well! Waconia Legion team heads to state!
We have some great baseball action in Waconia and I’m so excited about the new grandstand. This will give us the capacity to host bigger tournaments and will provide a great atmosphere to relax and enjoy a game. If you’d like to be a part of the fun, check it out! www.waconiabaseball.com . You can find schedules for all the action at Lions Field. You can also sign up for their golf tournament on August 22nd.
The Waconia Baseball Association, along with the City of Waconia and the Waconia School District have been working hard and overcoming many hurdles to make this a reality. So I’d like to close with these words from Babe Ruth, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
Rendering of the 2016 Raise the Grandstand Project
to register for the 2016 Waconia Baseball Association Golf Tournament at Island View Golf Course.
Registration at 12:00
Driving Range Open All Day
Food provided AFTER golfing
August 22 - WBA Annual Golf Tournament (Island View Golf Club)
2016 Waconia Baseball Association Youth Clinic
Three Canvas Bases Perfectly Placed. Home Plate And The Mound Perfectly Spaced.
The Chalk Laid Down In A Perfect Line. The Infield Dirt Raked Perfectly Fine.
Then The Teams Take The Field - - And We're Reminded Again. It's A Perfect Game Played By Imperfect Men.