No More "Band-Aids," Wade Stadium Needs Renovation

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Built in 1941, Wade Stadium in Duluth has seen its share of use. Now, its primary tenants are saying it's time for renovation.

"The city's maintenance staff has done a wonderful job putting band-aids on the place, but it's beyond band-aids right now," Duluth Huskies general manager Craig Smith said. "They've done whatever they can do, and now it needs to be renovated so they don't have to spend that time and those dollars into just maintaining this facility. It needs a renovation."

An $8 million proposal is on the table to help do just that - $4 million from the state, $4 million from the city.

As far as baseball goes, Duluth Huskies manager Daniel Hersey says a renovation would help all involved.

"Not only is it going to be good for us," Hersey said, "it's going to be good for the community with AAU, legion ball, St. Scholastica, and all the others."

Smith says this isn't just about turning Wade Stadium into a better place to watch a baseball game, but also about making it safer and turning it into a multipurpose facility for the city of Duluth.

"You could be doing all kinds of concerts. You could be doing all kinds of community gatherings, fundraisers, and those types of things," Smith said. "This is an unlimited use facility at that point in time, and it's also the only enclosed outdoor facility the city has to offer."

Do this, and Huskies management estimates the Wade can survive another 35-40 years. That's a long time for a stadium with such history in the Northland.

"They love the stadium. It's got character. It's got history," Hersey said. "Even the visiting teams in the league that come here and play love it here, and our guys love it here. To play on a field like this, the kids eat it up."

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