About Big Top Baseball
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. Big Top 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.
Madison Mallards, since 2001
The Mallards hold every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball, averaging more than 6,100 fans per game. When compared to more than 260 minor league franchises at all levels, the Mallards rank 23rd in the nation outdrawing many affiliated AAA and AA teams. More than 220,000 people flocked to the Duck Pond in 2013. The Mallards won the 2013 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series and play in the premiere facility in summer collegiate baseball at Warner Park. In 2014 the Mallards had a total of 214,849 total fans, averaging 6,139 fans per game making the Mallards the leader in summer collegiate baseball attendance.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, since 2010
The Rafters have dominated summers in the Wisconsin Rapids area for the past four years averaging nearly 1,400 people per game in a stadium that seats 1,500. Despite being located in the second smallest market out of 18 Northwoods League teams, the Rafters rank 8th in the league in attendance. The Rafters play at historic Witter Field. In 2014 the Rafters had a total of 47,631 total fans, averaging 1,323 fans per game.
Kenosha Kingfish, starting in 2014
The Kingfish are the newest entry into the Northwoods League playing in Wisconsin’s fourth largest City and in a market with more than 500,000 within 30 miles of the stadium. The Kingfish will play at the newly renovated, historic Simmons Field that has recently undergone $1.2 million in improvements. At the team’s logo unveiling more than 1,000 people braved the 18 degree temperatures and 20 mph wind to attend the Kingfish’s first event. In 2014, the Kingfish had a total of 72,838 total fans, averaging 2,207 fans per game. The Kingfish were ranked #8 in all of summer collegiate baseball.
Green Bay Bullfrogs, since 2013
Big Top Baseball took over operation of the Bullfrogs in November, 2013. The new management has conducted community listening sessions and working to build relationships in the community. Big Top plans to re-engage the community and learn the market before making major facility improvements and branding changes. Green Bay is one of only three franchises in Northwoods League history to average more than 2,000 fans per game for nine consecutive games. Big Top believes the best days of baseball are ahead of us in Green Bay. In 2014, the Bullfrogs had a total of 42,902 total fans, averaging 1,192 fans per game. This is a 30 % increase from the previous year with a total of 31,041 with an average of 913 fans per game.