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New-ballpark dream lives on in Beloit

Beloit SnappersIt’s been years in the making, but team chairman Dennis Conerton and the rest of the Beloit Snappers (Low Class A; Midwest League) braintrust continue work on a new ballpark to replace antiquated Pohlman Field.

It’s been quite the struggle for the team: one promising site and funding plan fell through because of the untimely death of a key contributor, and the Snappers are seeking to finance a new ballpark with no public assistance. Add to that the general economic malaise in that part of Wisconsin — unemployment is high — and you have many reasons why work on a new ballpark has been challenging.

Still, Conerton is forever the optimist:

One survey this past summer asked a group of business and community leaders to give feedback over a city-owned plot of land east of I-90 in the Gateway Development Park.

“The support for the whole project was fantastic, that we need the site, we need the stadium on that site, as described,” Conerton said. “The financial support was good. It wasn’t a hundred percent where we wanted to get it, but we thought we could answer a lot of questions.”

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