The Parks


Delano Municipal Stadium

Dating back to 1896, Municipal Stadium at Central Park is one of the oldest ballparks in Minnesota. Located on the north side of Delano, Municipal Stadium gives visitors a sense of community pride.

Delano has hosted three Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournaments in 1975, 1984, and 1997. In 2013 with the support of the community we will once again be hosting the state tournament. Work has already gotten underway as major improvements will be made to update the facility to make it even more fan and player friendly. A new scoreboard will be installed this spring in addition to projects continuing this fall; including the renovation of the press box and the building of a new concession stand.

In 1948, with the founding of the Delano Athletic Club, Municipal Stadium became one of the first ballparks in Minnesota to have lights. In 1996 a new grandstand was built, which replaced the old grandstand that had stood over a seventy-five year period. The modern grandstand seats approximately 750 spectators, while facilitating a press box and concession stand.

One of the most eloquent features of Municipal Stadium is its ivy-covered fences. On a summer evening, Municipal Stadium has one of the most intimate settings you'll find for baseball in the state.

Directions: 559 North River Street, Delano Minnesota United States



Maple Lake Irish Stadium

Baseball was the primary form of entertainment for the people of Maple Lake in the 1930s when the stadium was originally constructed on a piece of land obtained from Herb Bolduan. Since then the stadium has hosted numerous state high school, state babe Ruth, and state amateur baseball tournaments.

In 2012 the Maple Lake Lakers won the 2012 MBA State Baseball Class C State Champions marking the third time Maple Lake has won a State title, but first since 1939.

In preparation for the upcoming 2013 tournament Irish Stadium is undergoing numerous upgrades that will further improve this historic baseball park.

Directions: 215 Oak Ave S Maple Lake, Minnesota United States

Howard Lake

By CJ Siewert - Minnesota Baseball Association, Contributing Writer

Many town team ballparks in Minnesota are known for their old-fashioned grandstands or unique viewing areas. Others rely on spectacular field surfaces to make their presence known.

For Memorial Park in Howard Lake, you’ve got a well-balanced mixture of each of the aforementioned attributes, which creates a great venue for the third site of the 2013 State Tournament. Nestled on the southwest shoreline of Howard Lake, Memorial Park truly has that “small town” ballpark feel to it. It’s literally a few steps away from a popular small campground and just three blocks away from downtown.

What makes the park unique is the atmosphere and viewing areas. A deep home run over the left field wall will find its way into the lake, which also offers a great scenic view for the fans. Campers at the neighboring campground have the option to catch a ballgame on any given night, but fans need to be aware of packing their own lawn chairs in case the game draws a large crowd.

The only permanent seats available are 130 stadium seats that sit directly behind home plate and a few park benches scattered around the field. But that’s what makes the fan experience great – you can experience that big league ballpark seating with the stadium seats or you have the option to pull up your own chair and find the best viewing area you see fit along the hillside surrounding the field.

So if you plan on attending this year’s State tourney games at Howard Lake, be sure to pack a chair because I can assure you there will be more than 130 fans at the park.

 

Where is the field?

Memorial Park is located on the corner of 1st Street and 10th Avenue (County Road 6), which is three blocks north of Highway 12.

Howard Lake is 40 miles west of Minneapolis on Highway 12 (I-394 West turns into Highway 12).