The Ferris wheel being built behind Modern Woodmen Park is nearly complete.
Gondolas were added to the 110-foot-tall attraction Monday. WQAD-TV reported that final weight testing of the ride was to take place afterward.
The Quad Cities River Bandits announced that official lighting of the Ferris wheel will happen Monday, May 19, when the team opens its next homestand. I plan to be there (weather permitting), just as I was for these other notable Midwest League moments this season: the West Michigan Whitecaps’ first home game after the January 3 fire at their ballpark, the first appearance of Humphrey the camel at the Lansing Lugnuts’ Cooley Law School Stadium, and the South Bend Silver Hawks’ first homestand after the unveiling of the new Stanley Coveleski statue at Four Winds Field.
But first, I’ll be at Fox Cities Stadium on Tuesday evening when the River Bandits visit the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Hopefully I’ll be among the first 1,000 fans through the gates so I can add a David Ortiz bobblehead to my collection of cool Midwest League memorabilia. (Big Papi — known as David Arias at the time — batted .322 with 18 HR and 93 RBI in 129 games with the 1996 Timber Rattlers.) Regardless, I’ll be on Twitter live-tweeting from the game as usual.