ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Baseball is back in the Stateline with a new team coming to town. The Rockford Rivets are the latest to think they can succeed where so many others have failed.
The sounds of summer are back. There's just one key difference -- the Aviators are gone.
The Rockford Rivets are starting their inaugural season. They're they newest team to try to make baseball work in Rockford. What makes this Northwoods League team think that they can succeed where the Riverhawks, Expos and even Cubs failed?
"This has to be an event. It can't just be about the baseball. We bring a young energy to the game. You're seeing future major leaguers come through. I think that's one thing, but the second thing is just having a good stadium, treating people well when they come to the ballpark. Having good food out here, I think that's key," says Chad Bauer, Rivets General Manager.
"The Northwoods League is a different product, we have high quality summer, collegiate baseball in this ballpark. It's a great product. People are going to come out here, they're going to see some great baseball. They're going to see Northwoods League at its finest. It's going to be good," says Northwoods League President Gary Hoover.
Fans start to file in about an hour before the scheduled first pitch while Rivets Stadium is far from full, it's a start. It'll take a few years before we know if the Rivets can become Rockford's first successful baseball team.
The Rivets lost their season opener 6-5.