What do we have to lose? Winona State University will spend more than $5 million to improve the site, and the city will still own and be able to use the fields.
There has long been a need for lights on the softball fields. In early May, late July and August, visibility is very poor. Not only is it hard to see the ball in the outfield, but it also leads to twisted ankles and bad falls.
It is a safety issue, and WSU is offering a solution. We should accept and say thanks.
We have often seen the coaches and staff maintaining and fixing the softball fields for play and are sure the baseball staff will do the same.
The current WSU baseball field is inadequate. Fans put their lawn chairs on the sidewalk by a busy street. It looks tacky and unsafe. It reflects poorly on Winona as a city. When Bambenek was built, it was intended to be a ballpark. With WSU’s generous offer we can turn it into a first class facility.
Having competitive fields, both baseball and softball, will mean the city can host tournaments throughout the season. That means a large influx of teams, their family and fans. That’s a major economic benefit to the entire city of Winona.
We urge people to join us in making calls to the city council, writing letter and in getting behind this project.