Here is one of the more unusual additions of recent years: the Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) have installed a permanent bowling alley at Simmons Historical Field.
Located just below the third base line, this new area, which begins tomorrow, is home to baseball’s first permanent outdoor regulation-size bowling alley, and is called the “Shake, Rattle and Roll Zone” after the legendary Elvis Presley. It was installed at Simmons Field with the help of sponsors Duke’s Country Saloon and Coins Sports Bar.
While beer is both a part of the baseball and bowling experiences, there isn’t much of a connection between the two sports. It should come as no surprise that Miller Park in Milwaukee hosted the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters tournament. Four tracks were built mostly along the dirt of the interior of the field, from the short right field to the second base, a process that will take workers approximately 48 hours to install the track configuration. (In October 2004, Miller Park was also the site of the Masters final.) And the famous Fenway Park once hosted a bowling alley under the left field grandstand from the 1950s to 2003, when it was replaced by a bar.
But no case of a permanent outdoor bowling alley that we could find.
“We are excited about this great new area and look forward to people discovering the new features here at our historic stadium,” team president Steve Malliet said in a press release. “Kingfish Baseball has always been great entertainment at an affordable price and you absolutely don’t have to be a baseball fan to have a good time here at Historic Simmons Field.”
Being Wisconsin, the new area will also sport a Leinie Lodge and a stand featuring a ‘Big Oinker’ sandwich, featuring a full pound of meat: sliced ham, pulled pork and bacon, topped with Gorman Thomas’s Stormin ‘Sauce, a southern-style mustard. .