Modern Woodmen Park named best minor league ballpark
By: Jillian Wilson
The votes are in and it's official.
Modern Woodmen Park has been voted the number one minor league ballpark in America.
The number one spot on USA Today's online poll gives Modern Woodmen Park new bragging rights, but city leaders say the title is going to do so much more for the community.
"Certainly puts the Quad Cities on the map because there is only one community that can say it has the best minor league ballpark in America and that's us. That's the Quad Cities," says Joe Taylor, President/CEO QCCVB.
Modern Woodmen Park got the most votes from readers, and fans among 20 nominated ballparks.
City leaders say it will bring in the big bucks.
"It will mean more tourists will come to our city and see this beautiful park and enjoy the Mississippi River," says Bill Gluba, Mayor, Davenport.
Residents who voted say they're not surprised the park won.
"I think its great especially since it was up against some bigger cities with higher populations. I think it really speaks for how great Modern Woodmen is," says Heather Place, a Davenport resident.
"The backdrop with the bridge and then the river really add to it and the zip line and then they are building the ferris wheel, so that will be really exciting when that gets put up," says Taylor Higgins, a Moline resident.
With the new fun additions, leaders say it will add to the fan experience.
"The better experience you have, the more there is to see and do, the more offerings there are, the more fun you have at the ballpark that will continue to build success for the River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park and the Quad Cities," says Taylor.
The River Bandits will celebrate the big win by offering one dollar general admission tickets to Monday's game.
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