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Modern Woodmen Park

Davenport, IA

Home of the Quad Cities River Bandits

4.1

4.5

Modern Woodmen Park (map it)
209 S Gaines St
Davenport, IA 52802


Quad Cities River Bandits website

Modern Woodmen Park website

Year Opened: 1931

Capacity: 7,140

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Bandits Along the Mississippi

Modern Woodmen Park was opened in 1931. The stadium, which seats 7,140, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa and is the home stadium for the Quad Cities River Bandits, of the Midwest League. The team is the Low A affiliate of the Houston Astros, a relationship that began at the start of the 2013 season. Previously, the club has been affiliated at times with 10 different MLB clubs, most recently the St Louis Cardinals (2005-2012).

In the last few seasons, a sky deck has been added along with a 20’ x 35’ video board in left field. Modern Woodmen Park is the oldest stadium used continuously (since 1960) for Minor League Baseball.

4.1

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Food is served in the traditional concourse style. Outside of the traditional baseball fare, which are all available, there are a few items worth mentioning. A bacon wrapped footlong corndog can be had ($5.50) along with tasty pulled pork nachos ($6.75). Different styles of hot dogs are available, including the cheesy mac dog ($6), which comes in a pretzel bun with mac and cheese and bread crumbs on top of the dog.

The most interesting item on the menu is the nachos in a helmet ($12). The nachos are served in various styles, and (as you might guess) come in a baseball helmet. It provides a nice snack and souvenir all in one.

Pepsi products are available from the fountain in various sizes ($2.50, $3.75 or $4.50) or bottles are also available ($3.50).

Draft beer ($5-$6) is sold throughout the concourse for those that want the name brands, such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, etc. The Good Hops craft beer stand is located on the first base side. Bottles ($5.75) of Fat Tire, Sam Adams, Backyard Wheat and others are available along with microbrew drafts ($6) in a 20 oz. size.

Atmosphere    5

The views from the stadium are simply amazing. From the third base side, there is a perfect view of the Centennial Bridge which is lighted up at night. Between the bridge and the Mississippi River beyond the center and left field fences, you would be hard pressed to find many stadiums with a better view.

All the seats are great for viewing. Even the metal bleachers in left field have backs to them so it isn't overly uncomfortable to sit in them if you choose to. There is a small grass area beyond the left field fence for those who like to sit in the grass.

Down the right field line is a play area for kids with plenty of seating for parents to watch the game and their little ones. Later in the spring, corn is grown down the left field line, making patrons feel like they are indeed in Iowa.

Neighborhood    3

Being on the Mississippi, it's not a bad idea to walk to a few places in the area as the views are great. A small park separates Modern Woodmen Park from the Rhythm City Casino which has a great buffet, with different themes every night.

Front Street Brewery is located down the road and worth a look. The main brewery and restaurant are over 100 years old. It's a great place to stop before or after the game.

Numerous fans mentioned Boozie's Bar and Grille as another place to stop. Boozie's has traditional bar food and the burgers are said to be top notch. Located in a historic building, you can expect outstanding service, and they advertise that they were named best burger in Davenport, and only use Iowa beef.

If you're staying in town, consider staying at the Blackhawk Hotel, a fitting place since the town of Davenport was named after a colonel of the Black Hawk War, George Davenport. Interestingly, Colonel Davenport was killed on the opposite side of the river by bandits, perhaps contributing to the current baseball team's moniker.

Fans    3

The fans are a mixed bag, as often happens in minor league parks. Most are happy to be there and pay attention to the field while others are there to get together with friends and the baseball was very much a secondary occupation.

Access    5

Modern Woodmen Park is located right off the Centennial Bridge and is easy to find. Because it is close to downtown Davenport, parking is $2 to assure that people parking there are going to the game. However, when paying, fans are given coupons for $2 off food, drinks, or merchandise in the stadium.

Restrooms are clean adequately sized.

Return on Investment    5

Tickets range from $5-$13. Whatever level of seating you choose, it is well worth the money. With parking essentially free and the views from the stadium, Modern Woodmen Park is a great deal.

Extras    5

I will add an extra point for the views because they are some of the best in all of minor league baseball. Especially for night games, you can't beat the scenery.

In left field, there is a tribute to Dorothy Kohn Wulf, the fan of the century.

An extra point is awarded for a ceremonial rock at the base of the American flag in left field. The large rock, encased in plastic, has the names of all the local men and women who lost their lives in defense of our nation.

Prior to the game, there is a pre-game show broadcast on the video board. The show sets the pitching match-ups and recaps previous games.

The employees in the concessions and the front office could not have been nicer and were helpful to fans that needed any assistance. So often this is an overlooked aspect to the gameday experience, but this is a club that is does it right, and fans benefit.

Final Thoughts

The views from the stadium are tremendous and there are few baseball stadiums that can match this one. Additionally, the employees were particularly nice and the ticket prices and food prices are very reasonable. Modern Woodmen Park is simply a must see for any baseball fan. You won't be disappointed.

My take

I drove by Woodmen about two months ago and it looked pretty cool. Now after reading this review, I am certainly going to put it on my ballpark list for the next time I am in town. I am surprised none of the Nebraska ballparks didn't plant some corn.

by CigarBoy | Sep 19, 2011 12:20 PM

Corn

The corn is a Field of Dreams reference. The movie site is about an hour to the north.

by az7886422 | Mar 21, 2012 03:11 AM

2012 visit

Very nice park. Easy to get to and the parking is actually free. You pay $2.00 but get coupons for $2.00 that you can use for food inside the park. Nice view of the bridge over the Mississippi in right field. definitely worth going to. Not a bad seat in the house and the people were all very friendly

by Beckert18 | Aug 26, 2012 01:26 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Modern Woodmen Park

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

The Class A Midwest League is full of wonderful ballparks, and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits is no exception. Just steps away from the Mississippi River, the obvious photo opportunity inside the ballpark is taken from the third base side of home plate with the Centennial Bridge in the background.

Modern Woodmen Park is located in Davenport, Iowa and has been a part of the town since 1931, however there is nothing that feels old within the park. A significant renovation in 2004 has made Modern Woodmen Park, well, modern.

Worth the trip

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Great view of the Mississippi River and the Centennial Bridge.

Excellent customer service - They made me feel like I was appreciated.

Fans helped each other out by taking photos of each other and chatting and picking up dropped items.

There's a concession stand on the first base close to home plate that offers shish kabob and grilled corn on the cob.

At the game I attended, there was a bunny rabbit who ran on to the field (from the 'rows of corn' mentioned in the review) 4 different times. I had not seen that before.

The best part was attending and visiting with family members I had not seen in quite some time.

It's definitely worth a visit.

The Most Beautiful Ballpark I've Ever Seen!

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

We had a fantastic time here -- one of the best ever! The kids play area had 6 different bounce houses, where my sons stayed all night, the corn field was really awesome, and the video boards all over the ballpark gave it a real major league feel. The staff also did a great job in making us feel welcome -- everyone was so friendly!

Fantastic Ballpark

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This ballpark has the most beautiful views in all of baseball as it overlooks the bridge and the Mississippi River. The staff is incredibly friendly, the food portions are the biggest I've ever seen, and the prices are very reasonable. The ballpark has all of the charm of an old fashioned park with all of the new modern amenities. The fireworks over the Mississippi are amazing!

Gorgeous Ballpark

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This ballpark, which sits right on the edge of the Mississippi River, has the best views in all of baseball. The people are great, the staff treat everyone superbly -- this is Midwestern hospitality at its very best! The food prices are very reasonable and the portions are huge. The ballpark itself is the genuine article -- built in the 1930s, but improved with all of the modern amenities. I love this ballpark!

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Local Food & Drink

Shenanigan's Pub & Dance Club  (map it!)

303 W 3rd St

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 323-3642

http://www.quadcitiesnightout.com/bars/32087/Shenanigan's-Pub-and-Dance-Club#Info

Boozie's  (map it!)

114 1/2 W 3rd St

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 328-2929

http://www.yelp.com/biz/boozies-bar-and-grill-davenport

Front Street Brewery  (map it!)

208 E River Dr

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 322-1569

http://www.frontstreetbrew.com/

Local Entertainment

Rhythm City Casino  (map it!)

101 W River Dr

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 328-8000

http://davenport.isleofcapricasinos.com/index.aspx

Lodging

Blackhawk Hotel  (map it!)

200 E 3rd St

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 322-5000

http://hotelblackhawk.com/

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