Owner talks plans for new Elkhart County baseball stadium

A new 6.6 million dollar baseball stadium is sliding into a new home at State Road 19 and County Road 26 in Elkhart County.

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A new 6.6 million dollar baseball stadium is sliding into a new home at State Road 19 and County Road 26 in Elkhart County.

That intersection might sound familiar as it's the former site of the American Countryside Farmers Market.

Saturday, WNDU had the chance to catch up with the new owner of the property.
Craig Wallin says the stadium will hold more than 4,000 people. He says they will have four suites, 1,500 box seats and about 4,000 in other seating.

“They have bathrooms everywhere you turn which we will need and they have parking all around the building. I envision this building as really being the entry into the stadium,” says Wallin.

In that stadium will be the newest addition of the Independent Professional Northern League, the Elkhart County Miracle.

But, where did the name come from?

“We were at almost 20 percent unemployment not too long ago. We were the white hot epicenter of the great recession. The president came here three times in a year, so Elkhart County was on the ropes and now, if you look at U.S. Department of Labor Statistics the last two years, Elkhart County has lead the nation in job growth. To me, that’s a miracle,” adds Wallin.

For those not really into baseball, Wallin says it’s the food that’s going to bring you in.

“We have a local concession company that's handling our concessions. The food is going fantastic. We are going to have a pig roast every night. And so, whether you like baseball or not, you will want to come out and have some fun,” says Wallin

For many, when they look at this stadium they will think fun, baseball, maybe economic impact but for this man, he thinks safety.

“I believe that it is quite possible that this baseball stadium will be an outlet and be a drawing point for our children. And now, we can talk to them about how do you bunt, how do you slide into second base, what can you do to have good clean fun. Now, this is an alternative to the streets increasing its input on our children,” says one of Wallin’s advisors, Victor Burson.

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