The UW-Parkside baseball team is getting a new address for its home games this spring.
And the Rangers don’t even have to leave Kenosha.
Parkside and the Kingfish reached an agreeement announced Tuesday that will allow the Rangers to play their home games at historic Simmons Field.
“We are excited to partner with the Kenosha Kingfish and historic Simmons Field to provide Parkside baseball with a new home this season,” Parkside athletic director Andrew Gavin said.
“Community partnerships are an important initiative for Parkside athletics, and we are thankful to (co-owner) Conor Caloia and (general manager) Doug Gole for their partnership that will enhance the student-athlete experience, competitive advantage and community visibility for Parkside baseball.”
Parkside coach Daniel Esposito echoed Gavin’s excitement.
“Our players and staff are very excited to play our home games at such a historic ballpark here in Kenosha,” he said.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for our current and future players to get the most out of their student-athlete experience.
“I would like to thank the Kenosha Kingfish, Andrew Gavin and Chris Barker for working so hard to make this happen. It’s going to be a great venue with an exciting atmosphere.”
Parkside is scheduled to play the following games at Simmons:
n Friday, April 5 vs. Northwood, 3 p.m.
n Saturday, April 6 vs. Northwood, 7-inning doubleheader, noon.
n Sunday, April 7 vs. Northwood, noon.
n Friday, April 19, vs. Wayne State, 7-inning doubleheader, noon.
n Saturday, April 20, vs. Wayne State, 7-inning doubleheader, noon.
n Wednesday, April 24, vs. Lewis, noon.
n Friday, May 3, vs. Davenport, 7:30 p.m.
n Saturday, May 4, vs. Davenport, 7-inning doubleheader, 3:30 p.m.
n Sunday, May 5, vs. Davenport, noon.
The times will be adjusted, according to the press release, and will be available online at parksiderangers.com.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have the Rangers play at historic Simmons Field,” Gole said.
“We are focused on what helps the sport of baseball in our community. So in that respect, this was a no- brainer. Thanks go to Andrew Gavin, Chris Barker and their staff for making this partnership happen.”
Simmons Field opened in 1920 and became the home of the Kingfish in 2014. Before the Kingfish arrived, the city invested more than $1 million to help restore the ballpark, which seats more than 2,100, including corporate hospitality areas, a party deck and a general admission lawn seating area.