Green Bay Booyah

The Green Bay Booyah (formerly the Green Bay Bullfrogs) are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The team joined the league as the Bullfrogs as an expansion franchise for the 2007 season along with the Battle Creek Bombers. Before the 2019 season, the Bullfrogs renamed to the Booyah, moved from their original staduim of Joannes Stadium to Capital Credit Union Park and switched divisions from the Northwoods League South Division to the Great Lakes West Division.

Green Bay Booyah
Green Bay Booyah
Information
LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes West (2019–present)
South Division (2007–2018))
LocationAshwaubenon, Wisconsin
BallparkCapital Credit Union Park (2019–present)
Year founded2007
League championships0
Division championships0
Former name(s)Green Bay Bullfrogs (2007–2018)
Former ballparksJoannes Stadium (2007–2018)
ColorsRoyal Blue, Sky Blue, Gold, Orange, Gray                         
OwnershipBig Top Baseball - Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman, Conor Caloia, Liz Kern
ManagerTom Carty
MediaPlay by Play Broadcaster: Nolan Knight
Websitenorthwoodsleague.com/green-bay-booyah/

Team history

Baseball returns to Titletown

With the approval of the lease on Joannes Stadium by the Green Bay City Council on September 19, 2006, the Northwoods League and Titletown Baseball Group headed by Majority Owner Jeff Royle was awarded a franchise called the Green Bay Bullfrogs to begin play the following season. This allowed renovations to begin on Joannes Stadium on September 20, 2006. Those renovations lasted through the spring of 2007. The club is the first team to play baseball in the city of Green Bay since the Green Bay Sultans, an independent minor league franchise in the now-defunct Prairie League, played a single season in 1996.[1]

2007 season

The Green Bay Bullfrogs won the first half of the South Division in the Northwoods League, the first expansion team in the NWL's 14-year history to do so. They faced the Eau Claire Express in the first round of the playoffs. The Bullfrogs had home field advantage.

After winning game 1 of the division series in Eau Claire, the Bullfrogs returned to Joannes Stadium and lost games 2 and 3, thus ending an incredible inaugural season in the Northwoods League. The team still finished with a league-leading 43–25 overall record that included a then league-record 15-game winning streak, and at one time during the season the Bullfrogs were ranked as high as #2 in the nationally acclaimed "Summer 16", which ranks the top summer collegiate teams in the country. Three Bullfrogs players earned Post Season All-Star honors: Kurt Yacko, Danny Meier and Daniel Robertson. Robertson was also awarded with NWL CO-MVP honors. Field Manager Elliott Strankman was named the NWL Manager of the Year.

2008 season

Beginning in the 2008 season, WNFL (1440 AM) became the flagship station for Green Bay Bullfrogs. WNFL airs the radio broadcast of each game, as well as 15-minute pre-game and post-game shows. The Bullfrogs announcer at the time, Matt Menzl, did the play-by-play.

The second season for the Bullfrogs was another incredibly successful season. The team was in the playoff hunt until the final days of the season and finished with a very respectable record of 35-33. Off the field the Bullfrogs continued to build a substantial fan base, setting numerous new attendance records capped off by a huge sell-out crowd of 2,319 (capacity 2,000).

2013 offseason

The Bullfrogs were purchased by Big Top Baseball in late November 2013. The Bullfrogs became the fourth franchise that Big Top Baseball owns and operates in the NWL.

2014 season

At Joannes Stadium for the 2014 season, the Bullfrogs had the most people come through the gates in franchise history. After 36 homes games, the Bullfrogs drew a record 42,902 fans, drawing more than the previous high from the 2008 season in which the Bullfrogs drew 41,878 fans. The season was highlighted by a season-high 2,174 fans that came out on Wednesday, June 25. It was the second-highest attendance at a Bullfrogs game since the franchise started in 2007. The Bullfrogs also drew crowds of 1,920 (8/7), 1,912 (7/24) and 1,686 (8/10). All-in-all, the Bullfrogs drew more than 1,000 fans in 24 of the 36 home games at Joannes Stadium over the course of the 2014 season.

Darrell "Skip" Handelsman took over as Field Manager and lead the team to a 36-36 record. On June 30, 2014, Handelsman recorded his 600th summer collegiate win. Handelsman is set to return as Field Manager in 2015.

2019 renaming and relocation

The Green Bay Bullfrogs were renamed the Green Bay Booyah in a "Name the Team Contest" held in the fall of 2018. "A booyah is a communal stew [of] vegetables and less desirable cuts of meat [...] cooked in large kettles."[2] In 2019 the team will move to the new Capital Credit Union Park in nearby Ashwaubenon.[3] Going along with the team's name, the ballpark will feature the world's largest booyah kettle (2,000 gallons).[4]

Players to make the major leagues

References

  1. ^ "1996 Green Bay Sultans Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Reichard, Kevin (November 14, 2018). "New for 2019: Green Bay Booyah". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "New for 2019: Capital Credit Union Park". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Jeff Bollier, Jeff (November 14, 2018). "Bullfrogs celebrate new name with free booyah Saturday". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Gannett Company. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin

Ashwaubenon is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 16,963 at the 2010 census. A suburb of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ashwaubenon is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. Part of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is in Ashwaubenon.

Capital Credit Union Park

Capital Credit Union Park is a multi-purpose stadium under construction in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay. In 2019 it will become home to the Green Bay Booyah of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league; the Green Bay Voyageurs FC of USL League Two; and a variety of community athletic and social events. It was reported in January 2019 that the Green Bay Glory of the Women's Premier Soccer League also would play at Capital Credit Union Park. The Voyageurs' first home game is scheduled for May 31, 2019. The Booyah's first home game is scheduled for June 1, 2019.For baseball games, site constraints will limit the distances to center and right field, a problem which will be addressed with a high outfield wall. The height of the wall was announced as 19-feet, 19-inches in a nod to the nearby Green Bay Packers' inaugural season in 1919, but it has also been reported as 22 feet. The wall will be made of shipping containers, chosen as being relatively inexpensive and able to handle a high wind load. Going along with the baseball team's name, the ballpark will feature the world's largest booyah kettle (2,000 gallons).Team owner Big Top Baseball has committed to a 20-year lease, paying $500,000 up-front and $205,000 annually for five years followed by 1% increases annually for the remaining years.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 104,057 at the 2010 census. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan's west shore, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay is the principal city of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties; the MSA had a combined population of 306,241 at the 2010 census.Green Bay is an industrial city with several meatpacking plants, paper mills, and a port on Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan known locally as "the Bay of Green Bay". Green Bay hosts the Neville Public Museum, with exhibitions of art, history, and science; the Children's Museum; and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

Joannes Stadium

Joannes Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is a part of the Joannes Park complex, which also includes the Joannes Aquatic Center. It was the home of the Green Bay Bullfrogs, a Northwoods League team that began playing in 2007 and is moving to Capital Credit Union Park in nearby Ashwaubenon in 2019. The stadium has hosted a number of now defunct minor league baseball teams, including the Green Bay Sultans and the Green Bay Dodgers. Its current capacity is approximately 2,000, with about 1,600 in the seating bowl and about 400 in the Leinies Northwoods Fan Deck.

List of future stadiums

The following is a list of stadiums that are either proposed or under construction, with "stadium" defined as a venue that can accommodate sports traditionally held outdoors. The list does not include indoor arenas under construction, some of which can be found at List of indoor arenas by capacity. Entirely new stadiums under construction on the same site as a demolished former stadium are included, however expansions to already-existing stadiums are not included, and neither are recently constructed venues which have opened, even though construction continues on part of the stadium.

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Northwoods League

The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility. Graduated senior pitchers are also eligible to play in the Northwoods League. Each team may have four of these players at a time.

Teams are run similar to a professional minor league teams, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions, using wooden bats and minor league specification baseballs. Teams play 72 games scheduled from late May to mid-August. The season itself is broken into two halves, with the winners of each half in each of the two divisions, along with two other wild card teams with the next best records, playing against each other to determine a divisional champion. The divisional champions then meet in a best-of-three playoff for the league championship.

Established in 1994, the Northwoods League was the first for-profit summer collegiate baseball league. It has more teams, draws more fans, and plays more games than any other summer collegiate baseball league. The Northwoods League drew over 1.1 Million fans for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, far outdistancing its closest rival in the summer collegiate baseball world. In fact, the Northwoods League drew more fans than three of the four short-season affiliated professional leagues in 2017. Many of the teams in the league play in ballparks formerly occupied by professional clubs from the Midwest League, Prairie League, Northern League, and Frontier League. The wooden bat circuit allows communities deemed too small for professional ball to continue to enjoy high quality, competitive baseball during the summer months. The Northwoods League was the first summer collegiate baseball league to broadcast on the ESPN network, and currently webcasts all of its games.

The teams are located in the Northwoods region of the Upper Midwestern United States and Northwestern Ontario, mostly in the U.S. states of Minnesota (five teams) and Wisconsin (nine teams); also with three teams in Michigan and one team each in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, Indiana and Ontario.

Over 200 league alumni have gone on to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) with 91 alumni entering the MLB ranks from 2013 to 2017. Alumni Max Scherzer, the 2017 National League Cy Young Award winner and American League runner-up Chris Sale faced each other as the starting pitchers in the 2017 and 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.

Sports in Wisconsin

Wisconsin sports includes numerous professional and amateur sporting teams, events, and venues located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Sports in the United States by state

Sports in the United States are an important part of American culture. Baseball is the most popular sport to watch in the United States, followed by american football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Tennis, golf, wrestling, auto racing, arena football, field lacrosse, box lacrosse and volleyball are also popular sports in the country.

Based on revenue, the four major professional sports leagues in the United States are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). The market for professional sports in the United States is roughly $69 billion, roughly 50% larger than that of all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa combined. All four enjoy wide-ranging domestic media coverage and are considered the preeminent leagues in their respective sports in the world, although American football does not have a substantial following in other nations. Three of those leagues have teams that represent Canadian cities, and all four are the most financially lucrative sports leagues of their sport. Major League Soccer (MLS), which also includes teams based in Canada, is sometimes included in a "top five" of leagues.

Professional teams in all major sports in the United States operate as franchises within a league, meaning that a team may move to a different city if the team's owners believe there would be a financial benefit, but franchise moves are usually subject to some form of league-level approval. All major sports leagues use a similar type of regular-season schedule with a post-season playoff tournament. In addition to the major league–level organizations, several sports also have professional minor leagues, active in smaller cities across the country. As in Canada and Australia, sports leagues in the United States do not practice promotion and relegation, unlike many sports leagues in Europe.

Sports are particularly associated with education in the United States, with most high schools and universities having organized sports, and this is a unique sporting footprint for the U.S. College sports competitions play an important role in the American sporting culture, and college basketball and college football are as popular as professional sports in some parts of the country. The major sanctioning body for college sports is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Unlike most other nations, the United States government does not provide funding for sports nor for the United States Olympic Committee.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin ( (listen)) is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

Wisconsin's geography is diverse, having been greatly impacted by glaciers during the Ice Age with the exception of the Driftless Area. The Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupies the western part of the state, with lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, a large number of European settlers entered the state, many of whom emigrated from Germany and Scandinavia. Like neighboring Minnesota, the state remains a center of German American and Scandinavian American culture.

Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because it is one of the nation's leading dairy producers, particularly famous for its cheese. Manufacturing, especially paper products, information technology (IT), cranberries, ginseng, and tourism are also major contributors to the state's economy.

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