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Concordia gets a $1 million donation, and a baseball team

Concordia University announced Tuesday that Kapco Inc., a family-run metal fabrication and stamping company in Grafton, will donate $1 million toward completion of the school’s new baseball field.

At a news conference at the Mequon campus, officials announced the stadium would be named Kapco Field. Kapco owner Jim Kacmarcik said the stadium also will be the home of the Lakeshore Chinooks, a franchise in the Northwoods League. The league is a wood-bat league featuring top college players.

The Chinooks will be managed by John Vodenlich, the coach at UW-Whitewater.

The Chinooks will be owned by Kacmarcik. Minority owners include Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Bob Uecker.

University spokesman Rick Riehl said the Kapco donation is part of a $2.7 million fund already allocated for the stadium. The original design called for a $3.4 million stadium.

Northwoods League play will begin the first week of June and continue through early August. The league’s players tend to be college players who hope to play in the major leagues.

Concordia’s baseball team will use Kapco Field in the spring.


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