On Wednesday, the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District approved a funding request for a new Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) ballpark project.
As they look to build a new facility, the Bullfrogs and parent company Big Top Baseball are pitching a new $9 million downtown ballpark. The ballpark would be constructed as part of a development The Shipyard, and be designed to host other events–including soccer–in addition to baseball.
The proposal considered by the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District was to contribute a $500,000 grant toward the project. Ultimately, the board approved the request, and Green Bay officials will now look to move the ballpark and related development forward. More from the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
With room for 3,500 people, the venue would host Bullfrogs games, high school sports, concerts and other events.
Anduzzi’s Sports Club plans a $2 million restaurant on the northwest end of the stadium and Mark Skogen, the CEO of Festival Foods, would invest $2.5 million in an indoor, 2,000-person concert venue and event space at the southwest corner of the stadium. The proposed entertainment district also would direct neighborhood enhancement funds to residential areas to the west of the proposed site.
“We have a lot to do in the next two or three weeks,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, who promised that if the grant was approved they’d “start tomorrow.”
The board considered the proposal in March, but opted to wait until Wednesday’s meeting to vote on the matter. The Bullfrogs currently play at Joannes Stadium.
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