This is the newly renovated Athletic Park, and it is beautiful. The grandstand sits high above the field, giving everyone seated a birdseye view of the action. Playing on this evening (August 1st, 2014), were the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. From the Woodchuck's website:
Year Built: 1936
1st Northwoods Leage Game Played at Athletic Park: June 1994
Outfield Dimensions: Left – 316 ft. / Left Center – 340 ft. / Center – 360 ft. / Right Center – 340 ft. / Right – 316 ft.
Athletic Park, home of the Wisconsin Woodchucks, is in a residential setting just north of downtown Wausau. The entire park is surrounded by a stone-wall structure and is considered to be a historical landmark. Athletic Park was built in 1936 with the stone-wall exterior being constructed just a few years later.
Athletic Park features three premium reserved seating areas for group outings. The TV-9 Sports Deck, which can be found down the left field line, seats between 150-200 fans every night. The Miller Lite Left Field Loft was constructed in spring 2008 and sits atop the back portion of the Sports Deck. The Left Field Loft, a concrete and steel structure, seats 50-70 people on a nightly basis and provides arguably the best view of the game. Fans have the opportunity to score the game with an old-time scoreboard that needs to be changed manually after each inning. The Left Field Loft also boasts the Keller K-Zone and allows fans put up a “K” for every strikeout thrown by a Wisconsin Woodchuck pitcher. The Ministry Health Care Fan Deck can be found down the right field line. Much like the Miller Lite Left Field Loft, the Fan Deck offers a superb view of the game and holds 25-40 people from night to night.
Athletic Park has three main concession stands (one down both the left-and right-field lines and one behind home plate) that are open to the general public. It also features a Leinie’s Lodge that sells Leinenkugel’s beer at every game. Four different Leinie’s flavors are on tap at this location along with Miller Lite. The only cabin-looking structure within the ballpark, you can’t miss it walking down the first base side of the ballpark.
Athletic Park is highly unique to the Central Wisconsin area and the teams who have played here have provided great family fun and entertainment for many decades!