The opening season for the Quad City River Bandits is right around the corner and with opening day comes new ballpark additions. Davenport City Council will discuss funding for LED lights for Modern Woodmen Park, at Wednesday’s Committee Of The Whole meeting. Third Ward Alderman Bill Boom said, the proposal came to light at their last management meeting. Boom said having LED lighting will not only be less expensive for the team, but for the city as well.
Although the LED lights will come with a price tag, Boom said at Wednesday’s meeting they will discuss a three year no interest loan for the team. He said the three year interest loan will be the only way to fully fund the new addition. Meanwhile River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser said having LED lights will be something to add to their resume.
“As a facility we really pride ourselves on always having the best facility in all of minor league baseball, we were voted number one in minor league ballparks in America by USA Today so we always want to do that,” Chesser said. “Sometimes there’s different things than adding amusement rides or improving netting. There’s a lot of facility and structural upgrades we have to worry about as well. With the original lighting that we have here at the ballpark, It’s from the 80’s, it was retrofitted when the ballpark was renovated in 2004.”
Musco Lighting is a company based out of Iowa that will provide the lights. Chesser said they will be the first minor league baseball stadium in the country to have LED lighting from Musco Lighting.
If the funding proposal is approved through the Committee of a Whole Wednesday, it will head to the full council next week for a vote.