Apparently the contracts have been signed and the operations can begin, with the summer-collegiate Northwoods League officially set to lease Kalamazoo’s Stryker Field for five years.
The lease, at $35,000 per year, was approved earlier this year by the City Commission. The move into Kalamazoo creates a natural partner for the existing Battle Creek Bombers, playing out of C.O. Brown Stadium.
The Northwoods League is adding two teams for 2014: a Kalamazoo team and a Kenosha (Wis.) team, boosting the circuit to 18 teams. Both will play in older, former pro facilities; in the case of Stryker Field, two independent Frontier League teams played there most recently. In Kenosha, renovations to Simmons Field are underway and could be mostly completed before the end of this year, well in advance of Opening Day next summer. The last pro team to use Simmons Field was an independent Frontier League team; before that, the Kenosha Twins (Low Class A; Midwest League) played there.
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