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Waconia Lions Field Wins 2021 National High School Baseball Coaches Association Field of the Year
Press Release from the Waconia Baseball Association - Waconia, Minnesota Dec. 2021
Lions Field in Waconia, Minnesota is the winner of the 2021 NHSBCA National Field of the Year. This honor is given to the field, chosen by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, that best exemplifies outstanding quality in field, player, and fan experience. The award was announced on December 3rd at the 2021 NHSBCA National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ. Lions Field, representing Region 5, beat out elite fields, from California, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Utah, Ohio, Maryland, and Rhode Island to win the prestigious award.
The all-natural surface at Waconia Lions Field won the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association Tink Larson Award in 2020 and moved on to be named Region 5 Field of the Year. Lions Field is home to over 100 games per year supporting high school and amateur baseball teams from April to September. Vice Presidents of Facilities and Grounds, Mike Schultz and Leroy Hendricks, accepted the award on behalf of the dozens of volunteers that made this honor happen. “We are extremely humbled and honored that Lions Field is considered to be one of the best fields in the nation,” said Schultz. “It’s truly a testament of the community of Waconia coming together to make this happen. This award isn’t about a few people. It’s about all of us (Waconia) coming together as one.”
Since its inception in 2017, Waconia Lions Field has hosted major events, ranging from local, regional, and national level tournaments. The award is sponsored by Turface Athletics a leader in the sports field industry. “To think that Turface and SiteOne would consider our field at the top, for baseball fields, makes you appreciate all the hard work our people do to make it happen. We want to continue to offer an elite experience for teams and fans that come to Lions Field. We hope to continue to improve our facility and offer opportunities that make everyone in the nation want to come back to Waconia,” Hendricks added.
Waconia now joins an elite field of baseball stadiums recognized as National Field of the Year. This is the first for a Minnesota field since the awards began in 1992. Other fields in Minnesota that have been honored as Regional Field of the Year are St. Cloud (1993), Jordan (1995), Chaska (1997), Brainerd (1998), Delano (2014), Forest Lake (2016), and Waconia (2021). For more information about the NHSBCA go to www.baseballcoaches.org and for Waconia Baseball Association go to www.waconiabaseball.com.
Thanks to all for making Waconia Baseball and all of its members a winning team. Fox9 Town Ball Kickoff was a major success!
Press Release from WCH2021 and Waconia Baseball Association
Waconia Baseball Association, along with the WCH2021 Minnesota State Amatuer Baseball Tournament, is excited to be kicking off the 2021 season of the Fox 9 Town Ball Tour with the first event on Wednesday, June 2nd at Lions Field. This tradition showcases the best of townball in the great state of Minnesota. Waconia, along with the iconic parks in Chaska and Hamburg, will be hosting the 2021 State Amateur Baseball Tournament. This is a three weekend event starting August 20 and ending on Labor Day.
Waconia is honored to be the kick-off site for the Fox 9 Town Ball series. Fox 9 will be in Waconia all day on Wednesday, June 2nd. There are two baseball games, at Lions Field, that night starting at 5:00 pm when St. Michael-Albertville squares off against Waconia Post 150 Junior Legion. The night ends with amateur baseball at its best when the Waconia Lakers face the St. Boni Saints in Crow River Valley League action. Both events will be free to the public with giveaways throughout the night. Wear your Favorite Waconia gear and get a chance to be on TV with Fox 9. Here's to a summer of baseball culminating with the WCH2021 State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The sites, the smells, the sounds will all be on display at Lions Field in Waconia MN.
For more information go to www.wch2021.com and www.waconiabaseball.com .