GRAND CHUTE - Fox Cities Stadium could be getting a major upgrade. A $5.7 million plan is being discussed to improve the home of the Timber Rattlers.
Timber Rattlers fan Dawn Martin enjoys games at Fox Cities Stadium, but told FOX 11 she can see some room for improvement.
"Expansion is nice...not waiting as long for the ladies room, you know!" said Martin.
Jim Pleuss with the Grand Chute Town Board told us more than $5 dollars worth of improvements is being planned for the stadium.
"When you reach a certain age it's time to look as remodeling. You can see where there was a shortage of facilities and augment those," said Pleuss.
The list of improvements includes a new 360 degree concourse, the addition of club seats and suites, added restroom and upgraded amenities. Pleuss said the hope is the improvements attract more visitors.
"I still have to study it a little bit more, but I am certainly optimistic that this would be a worthy venture," said Pleuss.
According to Pleuss, the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is so convinced the upgrade would improve the local economy it wants to chip in some money. $400,000 over the course of three years to be exact, provided the stadium keeps the Fox Cities name.
Because that grant would come from room taxes, Pleuss said the town board will look into approving the proposal at its Thursday meeting.
"Well, every time there's a proposal from the convention and visitors bureau they do ask for our approval," said Pleuss.
As for the rest of the money, it's unclear at this time where it would come from.
Pleuss told us the town has no plans to chip in any other funding.
Some fans worry what that bill could do to ticket prices.
"I would be very concerned that if they start to expand they would have to earn some extra revenue ad that would mean upping the cost of tickets to get in here, right now it's nice because it's so affordable for families," said Marsha Gomoll.
But for fans like Martin, a price increase might be worth it.
"It's dedication. You're a fan, you're not a fair weather fan," said Martin.
The Timber Rattlers are expected to unveil the details Thursday.
But the Timber Rattlers, the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau the company that owns the stadium all declined to say anything about the details or where the money will come from until Thursday.
Fox Cities Stadium was built in 1995 for $5 million, replacing the 55-year-old Goodland Field. The stadium was built with private money. Time Warner Cable bought naming rights to the playing field in 2007.
Besides Timber Rattlers games, the stadium also hosts the WIAA state baseball tournament and the NCAA Division III College World Series every year, along with several events.
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