It smells like fresh paint at Capital Credit Union Park, the Green Bay Voyageurs’ new stadium. Perhaps that’s because, well, it is being painted as we speak.
Just a day before the USL League Two team’s first-ever home match, everyone is scurrying around the facility. The head chef is getting the kitchen ready for game-day fare. There are construction workers painting and arranging and milling about. Players’ name-tags are being put above their lockers, the concession stands are being rolled into their new homes, the luxury suites are being luxuriazed (if that’s a word).
The plush confines of the brand new Capital Credit Union Park are state-of-the-art and sit in the shadow of Lambeau Field just a few blocks away.
It is here that Green Bay Voyageurs will make their home debut tonight, when they kick off against Winnipeg in a USL League Two match in Ashwaubenon. Both teams are seeking their first win of the season and the Voyageurs, who fell 2-0 to a tough Des Moines Menace team earlier this month, are looking for a spark that will lead to a deep playoff run.
The new Capital Credit Union Park is a $16 million dollar new stadium that was funded primarily by the Village of Ashwaubenon when plans for renovating the home of the Green Bay Booyah (formerly the Bullfrogs) of the Northwoods Baseball League fell through. The Village owns the property and the facility.
The main seating bowl of the facility seats about 2,200 people. Upstairs on the Club Level is a premium seating area with spectacular views of the playing field. Beer, mixed drinks, brats, burgers and hot dogs are on offer throughout the facility but on the Club Level will be a lounge area where fans can come in from the humid Wisconsin summers.
That lounge will feature beer on tap, buffet style meals and a meat carving station. It also serves as the entrance for 6 luxury suites that will be fully staffed for every game. Fans can rent a suite on a game by game basis or purchase full or half seasons for both baseball or soccer.
The stadium will also be used for other events like concerts, crossfit competitions, farmers markets and other events.
As for the team on the field, there is plenty of optimism. Team executives told FoxValley365 that the Voyageurs are a deep, close knit bunch and filled with Division 1 college talent.
“The players are a cohesive group,” Voyageurs account manager Ben Kurowski told FoxValley365 at a media event at Capital Credit Union Park on Thursday. “They’re really tight. I think that it was a plus for us to have a roster of guys coming in after playing their college season and where they’re at skillwise. They came in ready to compete right away and so I think that they’re ready to go and we’re poised for good success and hopefully a deep playoff run.”
The players are scouted and picked primarily from the college ranks. Former MLS All-Star and Voyageurs Head Coach Brian Kamler said that many of the players come from places like Marquette, UW-Madison, Creighton and other major schools. One player is from St. Norbert’s and was a first team All-American. The players are found mostly through word of mouth from Kamler’s deep connections within the sport. Others contact the team and express interest in playing and are then evaluated by Kamler.
“It’s gonna be fun to watch,” Kamler said of the upcoming season. “We’d love to make the playoffs and championship game. It’s looking good. Things are coming along at the stadium and the guys are chomping at the bit to get going.”
The Voyageurs, who share the stadium with the Green Bay Booyah, face Winnipeg at 7pm on Friday night. Tickets are available online from $10 – $30.