NORMAL, IL – CornBelters Owner and President of Operations Matt Stembridge has released a statement introducing our #WhereBaseballGrows campaign and the future of the Corn Crib.
“First and foremost, thank you! We are extremely humbled to have hosted so many friends, families and athletes in our ballpark in 2020. This community, like so many across the region, has experienced tremendous hardships as the result of the pandemic. We were extremely fortunate to have been able to carry out what was a year to remember at the Corn Crib and worked diligently to provide a safe, and memorable experience for fans each night.
We are very excited to announce our vision for 2021 and beyond with the #WhereBaseballGrows campaign. This has helped us create a number of new endeavors at the stadium to “grow” our vision for baseball in Central Illinois.
Our Nation’s pastime is a life long passion for so many. That feeling plants its roots at a young age. With that in mind, we are looking forward to youth programming at the park unlike anything done previously. Our revamped Field of Dreams program will bring 150+ youth teams into the stadium this summer to compete on the same field as your CornBelters and the KCL teams. Dreams of playing on the same surface, standing in the same batters box and waving to fans is now possible for our young fans. Did we mention it is free for youth teams?
Our stadium will serve as the site for a number of travel baseball and softball teams this summer and fall through Play 9 Sports and other tournament companies.
Lastly, we are very excited to have the Kernels Collegiate League back this summer. Names you’ve followed locally are back from school and are excited to revive old rivalries each night in front of a packed stadium. The KCL will have a new champion in 2021, as the ‘Belters will move back into Prospect League play. Twelve fan-favorite Corn Bash Nights are planned for this summer. Continuing to build upon the fan experience at the park, we have increased the focus on gate giveaways and postgame entertainment.
In closing, we are striving to be an attraction for families from across the region for years to come. We have over 90+ events scheduled for the year and we hope you will strongly consider joining us to help make baseball grow this summer.”