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Big Top Baseball


The Nation's Leader in Summer Collegiate Baseball and Beyond!


Big Top Baseball is the nation's leader in summer collegiate baseball, operating four Northwoods League (NWL) franchises in the state of Wisconsin. Big Top Baseball owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs. The organization holds every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball and drew more than 375,000 fans to its ballparks in 2014, almost 400,000 fans in 2015, and over 550,000 fans in 2016 and 2017 across all venues.

Big Top Baseball has won more Northwoods League Organization of the Year awards and Executive of the Year awards than any other organization. In 2014, Big Top Baseball was rewarded the Ballpark Digest Organization of the Year. After winning the NWL Summer Collegiate Word Series in 2015, the Kenosha Kingfish were named the Organization of the Year. Continuing the story of excellence, the Rafters won the NWL Collegiate World Series in 2016 and GM John Fanta was named NWL Executive of the Year. 

Big Top Baseball has teams in three of Wisconsin's four largest cities and places a focus on affordable, family entertainment and strives to play an integral role in each of its communities.

Beyond the baseball field, Big Top Baseball also manages Breese Stevens Field, located in downtown Madison. This stadium was built in 1926 and since then has hosted numerous events. Now a turf field, Breese is home to local football, la crosse, and soccer teams, as well as the Madison Radicals ultimate frisbee team. Under Big Top Baseball management, the facility has become a year-round venue used for national concerts, community festivals, and more. In it's first year of operation under BTB, Breese Stevens welcomed 85,000 people through the gates.

Big Top Baseball also produces the annual Festival Foods Shake the Lake event. Originally known as Rhythm and Booms, this large-scale fireworks show has grown to be a full-day event managed by the Mallards. The event takes place downtown Madison and features the state's largest fireworks show, shot from barges on Lake Monona. In 2016, the second year of the event managed by BTB, over 90,000 people attended.
 

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Big Top Baseball is the nation’s leader in summer collegiate baseball, operating four Northwoods League franchises in the state of Wisconsin. Big Top Baseball owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs. The organization holds every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball and projects to draw more than 350,000 fans to its ballparks in 2014. Big Top has won more Northwoods League Organization of the Year awards and Executive of the Year awards than any other organization.
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Madison Mallards

  • Year Founded:2001
  • Stadium:Warner Park “Duck Pond”
  • Mascot:Maynard G. Mallard
  • Average Attendance: 6,308 (2017)
  • Biggest Crowd In Franchise History:10,092
  • Most Unique Stadium Element: Home of the World Famous Great Dane Duck Blind, which received a complete remodel in 2017. The remodel included the addition of 12 new suites, including an indoor/outdoor climate controlled space. 
  • Best Promotion: Frequent mentions of “Wiener” by the public address announcer after each foul ball. A foul ball at the “Duck Pond” will get you a free wiener at the concession stand.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

  • Year Founded:2010
  • Stadium:Witter Field
  • Mascot:Rosco P. Rafter
  • Average Attendance: 1,404 (2017)
  • Biggest Crowd In Franchise History:2,415
  • Most Unique Stadium Element:The Point Craft River – a water powered bar that delivers your drinks to you via raft. The Rafthouse – a log cabin souvenir stand featuring the best in Rafters merchandise. 
  • Best Promotion:Lighted Baton Giveaway – fans received a light up baton upon entrance for a post-game event.

Kenosha Kingfish

  • Year Founded: 2014
  • Stadium: Historic Simmons Field
  • Mascot: King Elvis I
  • Average Attendance: 2,538 (2017)
  • Biggest Crowd In Franchise History: 3,218 (Simmons Field capacity)
  • Most Unique Stadium Element: The Bambino, a 43 foot long by 15 foot wide restored 83 year fishing boat, that has been transformed into the a private party area and the left field fence of the ballpark.
  • Best Promotion: The Dancing Elvi – a choreographed dance by the grounds crew dressed as Elvis impersonators.

Big Top Baseball


The Nation's Leader in Summer Collegiate Baseball and Beyond!


Big Top Baseball is the nation's leader in summer collegiate baseball, operating four Northwoods League (NWL) franchises in the state of Wisconsin. Big Top Baseball owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs. The organization holds every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball and drew more than 375,000 fans to its ballparks in 2014, almost 400,000 fans in 2015, and over 550,000 fans in 2016 and 2017 across all venues.

Big Top Baseball has won more Northwoods League Organization of the Year awards and Executive of the Year awards than any other organization. In 2014, Big Top Baseball was rewarded the Ballpark Digest Organization of the Year. After winning the NWL Summer Collegiate Word Series in 2015, the Kenosha Kingfish were named the Organization of the Year. Continuing the story of excellence, the Rafters won the NWL Collegiate World Series in 2016 and GM John Fanta was named NWL Executive of the Year. 

Big Top Baseball has teams in three of Wisconsin's four largest cities and places a focus on affordable, family entertainment and strives to play an integral role in each of its communities.

Beyond the baseball field, Big Top Baseball also manages Breese Stevens Field, located in downtown Madison. This stadium was built in 1926 and since then has hosted numerous events. Now a turf field, Breese is home to local football, la crosse, and soccer teams, as well as the Madison Radicals ultimate frisbee team. Under Big Top Baseball management, the facility has become a year-round venue used for national concerts, community festivals, and more. In it's first year of operation under BTB, Breese Stevens welcomed 85,000 people through the gates.

Big Top Baseball also produces the annual Festival Foods Shake the Lake event. Originally known as Rhythm and Booms, this large-scale fireworks show has grown to be a full-day event managed by the Mallards. The event takes place downtown Madison and features the state's largest fireworks show, shot from barges on Lake Monona. In 2016, the second year of the event managed by BTB, over 90,000 people attended.
 

Green Bay Bullfrogs

  • Year Founded: Acquired by Big Top Baseball in November of 2013
  • Stadium: Joannes Stadium, built in 1929
  • Mascot: Jeremiah the Bullfrog
  • Average Attendance: 1,403 (2017)
  • Biggest Crowd In Franchise History: 2,172
  • Most Unique Stadium Element: The Bud Light Beach Club features a private setting in left field, with no obstruction to the playing field, while featuring a beach and fire pit.
  • Best Promotion: The nightly offering of deep fried frog legs at the main concession stand.

Breese Stevens Field

  • Year Founded:2015
  • 2016 Concert Series: Steve Miller Band, Wilco, CAKE
  • 2017 Concert Series: Avett Brothers, Boston, Darius Rucker, Jason Isbell, Garrison Keillor, Ryan Adams, Modest Mouse
  • Unique Events: Bodega – a outdoor market featuring vendors, food carts, music   EatStreet Catch & Reel: Friday night fish fry and movie
  • Most Unique Stadium Element: Stone grandstand constructed in 1926

Festival Foods Shake the Lake

Wisconsin’s Largest Fireworks display!

  • 2018 Date:TBA
  • Location: John Nolen Drive in Madison, WI. Spanning one mile along Lake Monona
  • Events: Event features two stages with national music acts, family entertainment, Kids Zone, food and more highlighted by a 40 minute fireworks show, launched from barges on Lake Monona