River Bandits Thrilled with KC Royals Affiliation
The Quad Cities River Bandits are "over the moon" about their new affiliation with the Kansas City Royals.
Last week, the two teams held a virtual press conference. Michelle O'Neill reports.
Dayton Moore, the Royals' General Manager, graduated from Moline High School and grew up attending minor league baseball games at John O'Donnell Stadium.
Naming rights for the stadium in Davenport were sold to Modern Woodmen of America in 2007 (and the press box is now named after John O'Donnell).
Dave Heller, owner of the River Bandits, says the team will make several improvements to the stadium which include flood protection for the batting cages, expansion of the weight room and training area, and the addition of offices with a video classroom.
The City of Davenport owns the stadium, and the River Bandits' lease continues for 15 years.
The River Bandits' season begins on the road, May 4th, and the team's first home game is set for May 11th. Since last season was cancelled due to the pandemic, it'll be the first minor league baseball game played at Modern Woodmen Park since 2019.