OCONOMOWOC (May 12, 2021) – Beginning in 2022, professional baseball has a new home in the Lake Country area. The team will hold its inaugural season next year, competing in the American Association of Professional Baseball, an official partner league of Major League Baseball. Construction on the stadium and multi-use indoor sports facility has already begun and is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2022.
The ownership group for the team is comprised of four long-time Waukesha County locals with close ties to the Lake Country area. Tom Kelenic, Sonny Bando, Tony Bryant and Tim Neubert are the primary owners and will operate as managing partners of the new club. The group feels the teams in the American Association of Professional Baseball will consistently bring Triple A talent to the field and are honored to be part of such a high level league. The league currently has 11 teams in nine different states and Canada, including local rivals, the Milwaukee Milkmen, and the Chicago Dogs just south of the border. Lake Country will bring the league to 12 clubs. The league will further enhance the Lake Country experience for fans who will see many proven and exciting non-baseball events in the stadium, as has been displayed at other American Association stadiums, making the Lake Country stadium a cultural platform for the community.
“The addition of Lake Country will continue to enhance the level of play and quality of stadiums in the American Association and add to the regional rivalries throughout the Midwest that make our league special,“ said Joshua Schaub, Commissioner of the American Association of Professional Baseball. “The American Association has always held a high standard when it comes to innovation, having first in class facilities, the top players, and the best operators in the best markets for minor league baseball. This new ballpark and these operators will certainly be no exception to those standards that have been established. We very much look forward to this innovative stadium and team playing ball in 2022.”
The site where the new development will be built has been aptly named “Lake Country Live!” and aims to become a vibrant entertainment hub for the Lake Country lifestyle. Outside of the baseball season, the development will include a multi-use indoor sports facility that will house NX Level Sports Performance and Spiderz Batting Gloves. The facility will have batting cages, a weightlifting area, a fully equipped commercial kitchen serving lake country craft food and more. Additionally, the site will host other community events, corporate gatherings, outdoor concerts and charitable events. Other sports teams from the area such as soccer, rugby, and lacrosse teams will also have access to the field.
“We’ve had incredible support from the community throughout the entire process and we recognize that Baseball is part of the rich tradition in the Lake Country community,” said Tom Kelenic, Owner and Managing Partner of the new team. “We’re excited to expand on that tradition and we’re very committed to bringing family-friendly entertainment that everyone can enjoy to the community.”
Now, the team has launched a community-wide search for a team name that best represents the Lake Country area. To enter the contest, fans can go to lakecountrybaseball.com and submit their best ideas for a team name. Entries will be accepted through May 28th, and the winner will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch on opening day, as well as VIP seats to the game and a limited-edition swag bag. For a limited time, fans can also be a part of The Diamond Club, a founding fans club, by pre-ordering a ticket package for the inaugural season.