BISMARCK – Western North Dakota’s new Northwoods League Baseball Team has officially been announced as the “Bismarck Larks” after receiving over 500 submissions and 1,000 votes, named after the state bird the Meadowlark.
“We’re so happy to develop a brand that is not only fun but represents the community we serve,” said John Bollinger, the team’s General Manager. “It’s the state bird, we’re in the state capital, it just makes sense. And it’s fun! Fans will really enjoy how we integrate the Larks theme at the ballpark.”
The Bismarck Larks will make their debut in Spring 2017, and will play all 36 home games at the newly renovated Bismarck Municipal Park. The roughly 1500 seat stadium has been in use since 1921 and been home to many former teams.
Outside of American Legion Baseball, and regional NDHSAA teams, Bismarck has not facilitated a semi-league team since 1996, with the defunct Prairie League’s Dakota Rattlers.
The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league, with the Bismarck Larks now the second semi-professional team in North Dakota, after the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.