After some months of negotiations, the summer-collegiate Northwoods League has agreed to a lease with the Bismarck (ND) Parks and Recreation District for Bismarck Municipal Ballpark beginning with the 2017 season.
The Ballpark Agreement is subject to the respective team or its affiliate completing a successful bid process for concessions operations at Municipal Ballpark and approval of the Agreement by the Parks and Recreation District Board at a meeting anticipated on October 15, 2015.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, but the League is very excited after exhaustive negotiations with the Parks and Recreation District, culminating with the agreement of Randy Bina (Executive Director, Bismarck Parks and Recreation District) to recommend the Agreement for approval to the District Board at its October 15th meeting,” said Dick Radatz, Jr., President of the Northwoods League.
The move extends the league footprint past Alexandria and Minnesota to North Dakota. We don’t expect Bismarck to be an outlier, as there are plenty of decent potential markets in the Dakotas, such as Aberdeen, Watertown and Grand Forks.