2011-12 Stories of the Year (No. 2): Kapco Park unveiled
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MEQUON, Wis. – The list could have gone on and on, and it is obviously longer than we thought it would be when we first started making it. The 2011-12 athletic year at Concordia University Wisconsin had many successful and inspiring stories, but we decided to limit it to five.
The list was compiled by the CUW Sports Information Department, and like all lists it is subject to debate. The list of stories will be revealed in stages. Stories 4-1 will be revealed individually over the next few days, with the top story of 2011-12 being released next Tuesday.
Fans will then have an opportunity to vote on their top stories of 2011-12 by e-mailing their list to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 15.
Kapco Park unveiled
It has been touted as one of the best collegiate stadiums in the Midwest and those who have seen it agree. Concordia University Wisconsin's new $3.4 million baseball facility was unveiled earlier this year and with rave reviews from many around, including MLB Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Bob Uecker.
The 1,240 seat – maximum capacity of 3,000 – all turf field far exceeds the previous baseball field the Falcons had played on for 20-plus year. The facility includes a press box, dugouts, concession area and restrooms.
The facility's location and construction design coincides with CUW's recent improvements; such as the creation of a School of Pharmacy building, Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship (CCES) building, Coburg Residence Hall and the Bluff Restoration project – all done within the last five years.
On April 1, the Falcons opened Kapco Park with a doubleheader sweep over Wisconsin Lutheran College during Northern Athletics Conference play. The Falcons didn't fool around as they hammered 27 hits to win 8-3 and 7-2.
In addition, the Lakeshore Chinooks began their inaugural season on June 4 at Kapco Park. The Chinooks are members of the Northwoods League, a premiere summer collegiate wood bat league. The league allows collegiate players with eligibility remaining a chance to show professional scouts their abilities over a grueling 70-game schedule in 75 days.