Wade Stadium Left Out of State Bonding Bill

By KBJR News 1

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Renovations to Wade Stadium, the home of the Duluth Huskies and St. Scholastica baseball, are not in the immediate financial plans of the Minnesota state legislature, that as the state Senate released its bonding bill proposal on Monday morning.

Wade Stadium was left off the $1.2 billion proposal despite several Northland baseball people, including Duluth Huskies general manager Craig Smith, advocating that the playing surface and surrounding area be renovated to meet better safety standards for players and fans.

Now, Smith and city maintenance crews will get to work trying to make the field playable for Duluth's scheduled home opener on May 27 --- but it's work Smith says is ultimately unnecessary.

"The city guys that work here everyday, whether it's the building crew or the grounds maintenance crew, puts in tons and tons and time," Smith said. "They shouldn't really have to if the facility was to a standard that allowed them to maintain the turf facility the way it's supposed to be maintained. It's not that they're not trying."

Wade Stadium was built in 1941 and hasn't seen major renovations to its playing surface since the early 1990s, both of which play into the widespread support for keeping the iconic building but also the need for funding to bring it up to current standards.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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