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Awards

2023

Best Minor League Baseball Ballparks in America - Stadium Talk

Modern Woodmen Park was recognized as one of the best minor league ballparks in the country by Stadium Talk. "Perhaps no park in the minors better combines elements of tradition and history with modern amenities than Modern Woodmen Park."

Best Sports Team - Quad-City Times (Readers' Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best sports team in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2022

Top 10 Minor League Sports Market in the Country - Sports Business Journal

The Quad Cities were named one of the top 10 minor league sports markets in the country by Sports Business Journal.

Best Family Entertainment - Quad-City Times (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best family entertainment in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Best Sports Team - Quad-City Times (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best sports team in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2021

Minor League Baseball Team of the Year - Ballpark Digest

Selected out of over 400 nominations, the Quad Cities River Bandits were named Ballpark Digest's Minor League Baseball "Team of the Year." In their first year as a Royals affiliate, the Bandits received recognition for winning their fourth championship in ten seasons, significantly increasing attendance, and one of the most far-reaching charitable efforts in Minor League Baseball.

“That the River Bandits survived MLB’s downsizing of Minor League Baseball is itself notable, but to come back with a strong year in 2021 after shutting down in 2020 due to COVID-19 is even more notable. While most teams were down in attendance in 2021, the River Bandits were way up. And while most teams were pulling back on charitable giving, the River Bandits did even more. Add in that the team won a championship on the field and it was a pretty easy decision.” - Ballpark Digest Publisher, Kevin Reichard

Diamond of the Year - Sports Turf Managers Association

Modern Woodmen Park and River Bandits Director of Field Services/Head Groundskeeper, Easton Williams earned the Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association's Diamond of the Year award. The honor recognizes excellence in turf management and is given to the top baseball or softball diamond in the state of Iowa.

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Town Guest - Quad-City Times (Readers' Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best place to take an out-of-town guest in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Best Sports Team - Quad-City Times (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best sports team in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2020

Best Family Entertainment - Quad-City Times (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best family entertainment in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2019

Commitment to Charity Award - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest's Commitment to Charity award as the team was recognized for raising over $1,000 for area flood relief in partnership with Genesis Health System.

2018

Best Marketing TV Spot (“Kid Inspected, Kid Approved”) - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits television spot "Kid Tested, Kid Approved" was named the best television advertisement in Minor League Baseball by Ballpark Digest. Watch it here!

Top Couples Entertainment/Teen Entertainment/Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top couples entertainment, teen entertainment, and area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2017

Top 10 Minor League Sports Market in the Country - Sports Business Journal

The Quad Cities were named one of the top 10 minor league sports markets in the country by Sports Business Journal.

Best Ballpark Improvement (under $1M) - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits were recognized by Ballpark Digest for making the "Best Ballpark Renovation (under $1 million)" in Minor League Baseball as the team added the Double-Decker Carousel, Genesis Kidz Koaster, Kiddie Train, Wind-Up, and Double Play thrill rides to Modern Woodmen Park's iconic amusement deck.

Best Charity Program - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest's Best Charity Program award as the team was recognized for donating all amusement ride profits to local Quad Cities-based charities.

Top 5 Ballpark in the Midwest - Midwest Living Magazine

Modern Woodmen Park was named one of the top five ballparks in the Midwest by Midwest Living magazine.

Fields of Excellence Award - Pioneer Athletics

The River Bandits and Head Groundskeeper, Andrew Marking were selected as the winners of the Pioneer Athletics Fields of Excellence Award.

Iowa Sports Turf Manager of the Year (Andrew Marking) - Sports Turf Managers Association

River Bandits Head Groundskeeper, Andrew Marking, was recognized was the Iowa Sports Turf Manager of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association.

John H. Johnson President’s Award Nominee - Midwest League

The River Bandits were nominated as representatives of the Midwest League for the John. H. Johnson President's Award. Now known as the Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year Award, the honor is considered the top in MiLB and recognizes "a franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and significant contributions to its community, league, and the baseball industry."

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2016

Organization of the Year (Main Street Baseball) - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits ownership group, Main Street Baseball, was named the "Minor League Organization of the Year" by Ballpark Digest.

Top Teen Entertainment and Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top couples entertainment and area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2015

Top Minor League Sports Market in the Country - Sports Business Journal

The Quad Cities were named the "Top Minor League Sports Market in the Country" by Sports Business Journal.

America’s Hottest Spot for Minor League Baseball - Chicago Business Journal

The Quad Cities was recognized as "America's Hottest Spot for Minor League Baseball" by Chicago Business Journal.

Charity Award - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest's first Charity Award.

"The financial contributions from the Quad Cities River Bandits' ownership are a model for the rest of the industry and a clear sign of the team's commitment to the community." - Ballpark Digest Publisher, Kevin Reichard

Best of the Ballparks (Class-A) - Ballpark Digest

Modern Woodmen Park earned a five-start rating and was voted the "Best of the Ballparks" in Class-A baseball by fans and readers of Ballpark Digest, which held a bracketed online voting competition of all 30 Class-A ballparks across the country.

10 Best Minor League Ballparks - Livability

Modern Woodmen Park was named one of the "Ten Best Minor League Ballparks" by Livability.

Best Ballpark Amusement Ride - MiLB.com

Modern Woodmen Park's iconic Ferris Wheel was named the "Best Ballpark Amusement Ride" in Minor League Baseball by MiLB.com.

Best Family Entertainment and Place for a Kids Birthday Party - Quad Cities (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best family entertainment and place for a kids birthday party in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2014

Best Minor League Ballpark in America - USA Today/10Best.com

Modern Woodmen Park was voted the "Best Minor League Ballpark in America" by USA Today and 10Best.com

Coolest Stadium in Baseball - The Cleat Report

Modern Woodmen Park was named the "Coolest Stadium in Baseball" by The Cleat Report.

Best Ballpark Improvement - Ballpark Digest

Modern Woodmen Park's iconic Ferris Wheel was recognized by Ballpark Digest as the "Best Ballpark Improvement" in Minor League Baseball.

Community Service Group of the Year - Bethany for Children and Families

The River Bandits were recognized by Bethany for Children and Families as their Community Service Group of the Year.

Best Family Entertainment and Place for a Kids Birthday Party - Quad Cities (Readers’ Choice Awards)

The River Bandits were voted the best family entertainment and place for a kids birthday party in the Quad Cities by Quad-City Times readers.

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2013

Top 10 Minor League Ballparks - Parade Magazine

Modern Woodmen Park was named one of the "Top 10 Minor League Ballparks" by Parade magazine.

Best Ballpark Renovation (under $1M) - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits were recognized by Ballpark Digest for making the "Best Ballpark Renovation (under $1 million)" in Minor League Baseball, as the team added the Budweiser Champions Club to Modern Woodmen Park.

Golden Bobblehead (Best Charity Promotion/Event) - Minor League Baseball

The River Bandits were awarded a Golden Bobblehead by Minor League Baseball for Best Charity Promotion/Event as the team partnered with the Quad-Cities Autism Center to raise more than $12,000 for autism awareness with their Autism Awareness Photo Jersey Auction.

Most Kid-Friendly Baseball Stadium in Iowa - Trekaroo

Trekaroo named Modern Woodmen Park the "Most Kid-Friendly Baseball Stadium in Iowa."

Top Area Event/Tourist Attraction - Locals Love Us

The River Bandits were voted the top area event/tourist attraction in the Quad Cities in LocalLoveUs.com's annual poll.

2011

Top 25 Minor League Ballparks in America - Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report named Modern Woodmen Park one of the "Top 25 Minor League Ballparks in America."

2009

Veeckie Award (Best Minor League Promotion) - ESPN

The River Bandits Mega Candy Drop earned the team a Veekie Award from ESPN for "Best Minor League Promotion."

Promotion of the Year - Ballpark Digest

The River Bandits Mega Candy Drop was recognized by Ballpark Digest as Minor League Baseball's "Promotion of the Year."

Gold Award (Community Service) - United States Army

The River Bandits were the recipients of a United States Army "Gold Award" in recognition of the team's community service efforts.