"Duck Pond" Adds New Attractions for Mallards' Home Opener

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

You might want to "duck" into Warner Park this week. Madison Mallards Baseball returns to the field for its home opener Wednesday night.

The team's general manager Vern Stenman says, "we just try to take what we have ... make it a little better every year. I think our ball park is a good example of that."

It's open season for Madison Mallards baseball.

"We're gonna try hard. We're gonna play hard ... have a good time as they come out tonight," Stenman says of the upcoming game.

Wednesday is the team's home opener...
While wet paint dries at the pond workers construct a new, mini duck blind.

It's an extension of the already popular all you can eat and drink duck blind in right field.

Stenman says, "there's gonna be discounted seats available in the mini duck blind the day of every home game ... starting at midnight that day."

On the opposite side of the park sits another new feature ... a playground for the Mallards' youngest fans.

"Kids might get distracted from the game ... they have a nice venue to go play, hang out and have a good time with ... family atmosphere been trying to create," Stenman says.

The Mallards return to the field this year as champions. One city alder says the team's success and commitment to family affordability creates a winning combination on -- and off the field.

"It has a little bit of something for everyone where other teams just didn't offer that ... this is really good baseball, how it should be played ... it's exciting. Community can get behind the team," 12th District Alder Brian Benford says.

The Duck pond holds more than seven thousand people ...
But the team's general manager worries not about numbers, but about the product fans come to see.

"On the field I think we've got a nice product. College baseball players playing without pay really for love of the game and I think city of Madison is really connected to those sorts of things. That's how it should be," Stenman says.

The Mallards play at home through Saturday, with events planned for each night.

You can find more information at www.mallardsbaseball.com

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