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Once home to professional Wisconsin State League and Midwest League baseball, Witter Field is now home to the summer-collegiate Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and a great example of how community care for an older ballpark translates into a memorable game experience today.

Witter Field

Fast Facts

Year Opened: 1928; metal grandstand constructed in 1949-1950
Capacity: 1,900, including seating for 1,611
Dimensions: 320L, 375C, 320R
Phone: 715/424-5400
Former Tenants: Wisconsin Rapids Sox, Wisconsin Rapids Senators, Wisconsin Rapids Twins.
Ticket prices (2011): County Stadium Seats, $10; Bleacher, $6, Standing Room, $5.
Parking: Free parking at ballpark lot, surrounding neighborhood
Address/Directions: 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. Witter Field is on the southeastern side of Wisconsin Rapids. From the South you will want to enter Wisconsin Rapids on Hwy 13. Hwy 13 becomes 8th Street, turn left onto Chestnut Street and right onto Lincoln Street and you will approach the ballpark on the right-hand side. If you are coming from the North you will want to enter Wisconsin Rapids on Hwy 13 or 34. Once you enter town you will want to take the Riverview Expressway to Lincoln Street, turn left onto Lincoln Street and you will approach the ballpark within a few blocks. The main entrance to Witter Field is off of Lincoln Street.

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Wisconsin Rapids isn't the first place many would consider for pro or summer-collegiate baseball. The city’s population is 18,367, but that’s a little misleading: add in nearby Stevens Point and its 26,717 residents, and you have an area certainly capable of supporting the summer-collegiate Northwoods League.

Of course, necessary for this support is a good baseball facility, and Wisconsin Rapids boasts Witter Field, a classic old ballpark supported over the years by city residents. Baseball has been played at Witter Field since 1928, with the current grandstand dating back to 1950.

The ballpark is in the best shape ever; since the Twins left the city actually improved Witter Field with additional support facilities (clubhouses, concessions) and some TLC on the metal grandstand. Support from the local Legion program was also key in ballpark improvements. It’s not quite up to pro levels, but it’s an excellent summer-collegiate venue.