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River Hounds Ballpark Project Lands State Grant


A redevelopment project in Hudson, WI that includes a new St. Croix River Hounds (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) ballpark is receiving backing from a state grant. 

The River Hounds are slated to play their games at a new ballpark that is being constructed at the site of the former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track. As envisioned, the new ballpark will be one component in a larger redevelopment project for the site. Over multiple phases of construction, the development will be built out to include a hotel, offices, condominiums, indoor sports complex, microbrewery, and other amenities.

The Wisconsin state grant for the project was slated to be announced Tuesday morning, with more information about the development expected to be presented during the event. More from the Star Tribune:

An announcement of a Wisconsin state grant to redevelop the site is scheduled for late Tuesday morning at the track. Gov. Scott Walker intends to be on hand for the event, which will include developer Klint Klaas providing a progress report on the Hudson Gateway project.

No revival of dog racing is on the drawing board. The old track is currently being razed in the first phase of construction to make way for a baseball stadium for the St. Croix River Hounds of the summer collegiate Northwoods League, a brewery, a 150-room hotel, restaurants, miniature golf and offices.

Later phases are to include condominiums, an indoor sports complex with two hockey rinks and a soccer arena, and additional offices.

The cost of remaking the 130-acre site on the southern edge of town on Carmichael Road is anticipated to run between $175 and $225 million at completion.

The River Hounds are set to begin play in 2019 as an expansion team.

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