Renderings of proposed new Duck Blind at Warner Park, home of the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League), built from shipping containers, were unveiled today.
The project will be the largest renovation at the Duck Pond since the ballpark was re-built in 2011. The Mallards lease Warner Park but are not seeking taxpayer funding for the $1-million project, which was presented to the city last week.
The new Duck Blind consists of a four-level structure built from shipping containers (as shown above), featuring seating cantilevered over the playing field, while new ground-level general-admission seating down the line will face the playing field (as show below). An existing concessions building and the Great Dane Duck Blind Club will remain.
“The Great Dane Duck Blind is a summer staple when it comes to entertainment in Madison,” said Mallards General Manager Tyler Isham. “This renovation will allow us to deliver a higher level of customer service, fan experience, and fun to all our fans in the Great Dane Duck Blind. We think this change will be a home run for all fans of the Mallards.”
The general-admission area will have three levels running parallel to the right-field line, with improved sightlines, additional seating with bar rails, tables, stools, and chairs, and a menu featuring unlimited ballpark favorites and all-you-can-drink beer featuring over 20 different types of beer. The general admission area will connect to the first level of the structure located behind the right-field fence, featuring a custom-built bar, bar games, and a unique rain protected view of games.
The new Great Dane Duck Blind will feature 12 suites with indoor and outdoor options for groups of all sizes. Level two will feature the Mallards’ first-ever year-round climate controlled indoor space with outdoor ballpark box seats holding groups from 30-225. This space will also be available for year-round rentals, including meetings, weddings, and other gatherings. Level three will have an indoor/outdoor patio with lounge furniture and will accommodate groups from 30-200. Level four will be an open-air rooftop suite with a metal roof for groups of 20-100.
An upgraded suite menu includes warm pretzel bites with Wisconsin beer cheese sauce, thinly shaved prime rib sandwiches, mini donuts as well as all the classic ballpark favorites, including hot dogs, Stoddard’s bratwursts, burgers, and BBQ pulled pork. Suite ticket holders will also receive unlimited beer, soda, water and, for the first time, wine. Suite holders will also have access to a private inflatable for kids behind their suite.
Images courtesy Madison Mallards.