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Bosse Field Upgrades to be Evaluated

Evansville Otters

The entity that owns Bosse Field is expected to spend time evaluating future upgrades at the historic facility, and considerable funds into the ballpark. 

Bosse Field originally opened in 1915, and is currently home to the Evansville Otters (independent; Frontier League). To ensure the facility is functional going forward, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp (EVSC) is expected to spend the next year considering possibilities for upgrades that can be made at the facility down the road.

Some of the projects could lead to repairs to the ballpark’s infrastructure, addressing areas such as lighting and electric. The Indiana General Assembly recently signed off on legislation that will allow the EVSC to use a tax levy to help fund future upgrades, giving the entity some options for Bosse Field. More from the Evansville Courier & Press:

The General Assembly passed legislation that allows for a levy not to exceed 0.005 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The levy is expected to raise about $300,000 per year.

EVSC officials estimate Bosse Field needs more than $1.5 million worth of basic improvements.

They said about half of the projected annual allotment, $150,000 or so, will be available a year from now. An EVSC board would be established to administer funds collected.

“We want to have a good understanding of the current needs of the facility,” said EVSC spokesman Jason Woebkenberg. “So once the funding comes available, there is a plan for the needs available and in one order.”

Prior to the arrival of the Otters, Bosse Field had hosted numerous teams, including the Evansville Triplets (Class AAA; American Association) from 1970-1984. It also has the distinction of having been used in the production of the film A League of Their Own

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