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Joannes Stadium improvements approved for 2015

Green Bay BullfrogsA Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) plan for improvements to Joannes Stadium in 2015 was approved by the city’s Parks Committee and will be considered by the full City Council in January.

All projects would be funded entirely by the team.

The Bullfrogs proposed an accessible seating area in front of section 104 and section 107.  The improvement would substantially enhance accessible seating and offer an option for companion seating.

In addition to accessible seating, the Bullfrogs proposed four-top table seating directly behind home plate at ground level.  The proposed seating area would include all-you-can-eat-and-drink ballpark food, soda and beer, wait service, logo recognition and stadium seating.  A limited quantity of tables would be installed.

To improve the third base entrance area, the Bullfrogs proposed additional asphalt east of the Festival Foods Grill.  The asphalt will offer a clean line in front of the Festival Foods Grill and the third base dugout club.

Last season was the first for the Bullfrogs under the ownership of Big Top Baseball, which owns three other Northwoods League teams. It was a success: Liz Kern and crew increased attendance by 31 percent and revenue by 40 percent in just nine months. Joannes Stadium is the former home to pro baseball in the city; Frank Howard was perhaps the best-known MLB player to pass through town.

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