Modern Woodmen Park
MODERN WOODMEN PARK
Municipal Stadium, as it was originally called, opened along the Davenport riverfront on May 26, 1931 to an opening-day crowd of 3,000. It has served as the home of baseball in the Quad Cities ever since.
The stadium had undergone precious little change until 1971 when it was renamed John O'Donnell Stadium, in honor of the Davenport Times-Democrat sports editor whose role in area athletics spanned four decades. In 1989 it received a $4.5 million dollar facelift, including the installation of box seats.
But in August of 2002, plans for a full-scale renovation were unveiled to usher Quad Cities baseball into the 21st century. Expansions included 20 climate-controlled luxury suites, home and road clubhouses, batting cages, two picnic areas, two team stores, the Mediacom Sports Lounge, and a video scoreboard. Although many things changed, two things that remain from the original stadium are the classic brick facade and, of course, one of the most stunning views in all of professional sports: the mighty Mississippi River flowing beneath the breathtaking Centennial Bridge.
In December of 2007, the ballpark received another new name. As Main Street Iowa took over ownership of the club and rebranded it as the Quad Cities River Bandits once again, the organization announced a 10-year naming rights partnership with Modern Woodmen of America that redubbed the facility Modern Woodmen Park.
The new ownership began making waves soon after with a series of new additions to the ballpark, including the Jumer's Casino Rock Island Hot Tub Deck, the Tiki Village and the corn field during the 2008 season. In 2009 an 80-foot LED digital ribbon board was affixed to the right field wall, and the ballpark also received new Loge Box picnic areas down the third base line, seat backs for the bleachers, drink rails on the outfield berm, and a Van Down by the River.
Quotes about Modern Woodmen Park:
"The integration of the old with the new makes Modern Woodmen Park one of the nicest ballparks in the minors."