by Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest – July 30, 2021
It will be forever known as the ballpark that saved professional baseball in south-central Wisconsin, as the Beloit Snappers (High-A Central) will open ABC Supply Stadium next Tuesday. We received a sneak peek.
If you’re a regular Ballpark Digest reader, you know the decades-long journey of the Snappers to build a replacement for Pohlman Field, the team’s home since its inception. In the end, it took the efforts of local business leader Diane Hendricks and area native Quint Studer, owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A South), to finance and build a new ballpark.
So we now have ABC Supply Stadium, built in 13 months at a cost of $37 million. Hendricks was key to ballpark development on every level—her hometown firm, ABC Supply, holds naming rights, and she was closely involved with the creation of the nonprofit Riverbend Stadium Authority (RSA) and construction—as was Studer, who had already gone through the ballpark construction process in Pensacola. The RSA built and financed the ballpark; the Snappers manage and operate it.
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