DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) - The Quad Cities River Bandits season is underway and this year officials are hoping to add a new attraction to the ballpark. Currently, the stadium has multiple rides and activities for kids in the ballpark and officials said adding a miniature golf course would add to the experience. General Manager, Andrew Chesser, believes the proposal could bring more families to the games.
"Every year we are trying to improve the ballpark, we're trying to find out of the box ways to do it," said Chesser.
According to Davenport alderman, Ray Ambrose, the ballpark brings in $10 million in revenue each year for the city. Ambrose believes adding a mini golf course could help add to that number.
"We have the number one riverfront on the Mississippi River we have the number one baseball field in minor league baseball and I think it would just enhance the experience."
The course would be built right outside of the stadium behind the ferris wheel on city property, but privately funded by the Bandits. While some are in favor, others fear the course will take away from the baseball experience. Alderman, Bill Boom said it's important to know when to draw the line.
"They are growing outside of the ball park and when does that stop? What will be the next request for city property for their benefit?"
Before the plans are approved, they must be reviewed by the Levee Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. After the review, the city council will vote on it.