Florida group plans to buy Beloit Snappers, build downtown stadium

BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- Pensacola, Florida-based Studer Entertainment & Retail has a plan in place to purchase the Beloit Snappers and build a riverside stadium in downtown Beloit.

The proposed site consists of seven total acres between the Rock River and Beloit Transfer Facility near the Beloit City Hall building.

"We are excited about the possibility of bringing even more visitors to our vibrant downtown with the addition of the new community ballpark,” said Beloit City Manager, Lori Luther. “This community amenity could lead to additional economic development and job growth opportunities in our downtown area and beyond.”

If approved by city council, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

“First of all, I want to commend the Snappers Board of Directors for their diligence and unselfish work for so many years by keeping the Snappers’ franchise viable in Beloit. I was not interested in any other minor league team across the country,” said Studer Entertainment & Retail founder and Janesville native Quint Studer. “But, because of my deep roots in the Rock County, southern Wisconsin area, Beloit was always an interest to me.”

The Snappers are the Class A affiliate of the Oakland A’s and have played at Pohlman Field since the early 1980's.