South Bend Cubs plan more improvements at Four Winds Field

Dick Nussbaum and Joe Hart

Midwest League President Dick Nussbaum (left) and South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart at Wednesday’s press conference at Four Winds Field. (Photo courtesy of the South Bend Cubs)

The South Bend Cubs announced plans Wednesday for two construction projects to be done just outside Four Winds Field.

The first project calls for the addition of a 200-seat party deck atop the South Bend Cubs Performance Center located near the rightfield corner of the ballpark. The $250,000 project is expected to be finished by the start of the 2016 season.

The second project is a mixed-use development to be built beyond the stadium concourse behind left and center fields. Here is what team owner Andrew Berlin had to say about the project, per the South Bend Tribune:

Berlin didn’t provide many details about the mixed-use development. He didn’t talk about how much it will cost or the timeline for construction.

But he did say he’s been meeting with developers and working on concepts for the project. It would include about 140 apartments, he said, as well as restaurants, concessions and areas for parties on the buildings’ rooftops. He said retail stores will line the walkway that leads into the stadium’s center-field entrance. Many of the apartments will have balconies with views of the baseball field, he added.

Berlin said the idea is to capitalize on the crowds that Four Winds Field attracts. The South Bend Cubs sold 347,678 tickets this past season, shattering the franchise record of 258,836 set in 2014.

“You have a very dense population throughout the spring, summer and early fall,” Berlin said of the area around Four Winds Field. “So, what more would that population like to do? Or would that population like to stay?”

You can read more about both projects in the South Bend Tribune story here.

The South Bend Cubs also announced establishment of five $5,000 college scholarships for high-school softball and baseball players from the region.

The announcements were made during a press conference celebrating the team’s success this year. In addition to setting a new franchise record for attendance, the South Bend Cubs are the 2015 recipient of Minor League Baseball’s top honor, the John H. Johnson President’s Award, and were named Ballpark Digest’s Team of the Year.

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